Women’s Soccer: Matadors dropped by Aggies in double OT

Brian Bernstein

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The Matadors are still winless in conference play. CSUN is now 5-10-1 overall with three games left in the season. Photo credit:  Carlos Herrera / Contributor

The Matadors (5-10-1, 0-4-1 Big West) needed a win to keep their hopes of a Big West Conference Tournament berth alive but stumbled to the Aggies(4-7-3, 1-2-1 Big West) 1-0 who played in their first two home games in 46 days.

UC Davis midfielder Ashley Edwards scorched the Matadors in the 106th minute of double overtime finding the back of the net and snapping the five game winning streak the Matadors held over the Aggies.

Edwards connected on a cross from teammate Sienna Drizin and buried it near post right past sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya at the 105:50 mark.

Desperate for points, the Matadors came out firing recording six of their 12 shots in the first half. However, the inability all season to put the ball in the back of the net plagued the Matadors Sunday at UC Davis.

The Matadors struggled in the second half forcing Tafoya to make all four of her saves after the first half. Tafoya has a 1.41 goals-against average and 53 saves on the year.

The game had a physical style of play as both teams combined for 26 fouls but no cards were handed out.

The Matadors registered 12 shots of their own, but only four were on net. Their best scoring opportunity was in the first half by sophomore forward Kendall Moskal, but her shot ricocheted off the post.

CSUN’s midfielders Hannah Wissler, junior, and Amanda Smith, senior, both had shots on goal in regulation but were unable to break through. Senior defender Chloe McDaniel had the Matadors last chance in overtime by putting a shot on frame but walked away empty.

Opportunities have come, and time and time again they fail to score. Despite out shooting the Aggies 6-1 in the first half, the Matadors walked into halftime with the scoreboard reading 0-0.

The Matadors got no help from their leading goal scorer, junior forward Brittanie Sakajian. She has three goals tying for 11th in the Big West Conference. The conference’s leading scorer has 18 and second place has nine.

The Matadors rank sixth in the Big West with 15 goals scored this season, tied with Hawaii. CSUN has allowed 28 goals this season, 13 more than they have put in the net.

Sitting alone in last place, the Matadors return to Matador Soccer Field this weekend for their final two home matches. On Friday Oct. 25 they will host Long Beach State (8-5-2, 2-1-2 Big West), and on Sunday they will face UC Irvine (8-6, 3-2 Big West) on senior day.