Lone Hoyas’ goal gives Matadors first loss of season

Lone Hoyas goal gives Matadors first loss of season

Ammons Smith

CSUN captain Joe Franco helped the Matador defense hold strong but still wasn’t enough in the 1-0 loss Friday. Daily Sundial/ File Photo

The Matadors were handed their first loss of the season Friday as they fell 1-0 to No. 23 Georgetown at North Kehoe Field.

Northridge (2-1) matched the Hoyas (3-0) when it came to shots on goal, fouls and yellow cards, but Georgetown was more aggressive as they tallied more shots and corner kicks. The Hoyas were able to stay onsides the entire game while the Matadors were flagged three times. The Hoyas also buckled down harder on the defensive end, giving up no goals and saving four shots.

Statistically, the Hoyas dominated the first half of the game, keeping possession early and often. This forced the Matadors to attempt a resurgence in the second half as they had more shots

Three players Midfielder David Turcios, Defender Jose Luis Garcia and Midfielder Alberto Rosas attempted two shots on goal but were saved by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez. Matadors’ senior goalkeeper, Michael Albalos, made three saves to keep the Matadors in the game, but slipped up early as Hoya’s fielder Brandon Allen scored the game’s lone goal.

The Matadors took the first six shots of the second half within the first 13 minutes. According to a press release by CSUN athletics, the Matadors had a solid chance to tie during the 57th minute when Rosas hit the crossbar and Turcios missed wide left. Turcios made a final attempt in the 77 minute but that was saved as well.

The only goal happened in the 25th minute when Allen slid the ball in after a pass from the right side. That was Allen’s second goal of the season. Before this was a streak of four shots from the Hoyas around the 17th minute.

Three Northridge players, Defender Joe Franco, Midfielder Trevor Morley and Defender Armando Gutierrez, played the entire game. Franco managed one attempt on goal during that time.

CSUN Midfielder Yarden Azulay received a yellow card during the 16th minute and Fielder Gabe Padilla received a yellow card when he committed a hard foul during the 37th minute of the game.

The Matadors will now face Loyola University in Baltimore on Sunday.