Women’s soccer takes Big West Championship

Casey Delich

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Every victory the Matadors earn from now until the end of the season comes with the distinction of being a first, and Sunday afternoon in Irvine, the Matadors added another first to that list with a golden goal that dropped Cal State Fullerton in overtime.

With this victory, Northridge earned its only Big West Conference Championship ever and a berth into the big dance — the NCAA tournament.

“It feels amazing,” said senior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo. “A great feeling to see (CSUN) make the NCAA tournament for the first time.”

The game’s lone goal, just like last time these two teams faced off, came within the first two minutes of overtime. It was put in the back of the upper right corner of the net by senior forward Melissa Fernandez off an assist by fellow senior forward Amanda Smith.

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