Matadors wiped out by Waves in final game

Debby von Winckelmann

The CSUN women’s soccer team lost its final game of the 2006 season, 3-1, in a non-conference match against the Pepperdine Waves on Oct. 26 at Matador Soccer Field.

The Matadors ended the season with a 10-9-0 record, making it the third straight season the Matadors have reached double-digit wins.

Head coach Keith West said he didn’t have any complaints about his first season as head coach.

“We were in every single game we played,” West said. “What more can you ask for as a coach?”

The Matadors managed the first shot of the game, but the slow roller by defender Nalena Betancourt was easily stopped by Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte.

Pepperdine made a run of their own. Midfielder Lauren Treinen made took the ball into Matadors territory, but CSUN midfielder Susie Mischenko took the ball from her feet, stopping the attack.

A few minutes later, a Pepperdine corner kick by forward Lindsey Redlin bounced around in the box before a shot ricocheted off a CSUN player and started a counterattack that ended with a shot by midfielder Sydney Vermillion going over the top of the goal.

Pepperdine midfielder Emily Wynne had two shots in the first half, with one going wide to the left and the other caught by CSUN goalie April Cline as it went wide to the right.

At the end of the first half, Pepperdine out-shot CSUN 9-8. Cline had three saves for CSUN and Stolte had four for Pepperdine.

In the second half, the Matadors went on the offensive. Vermillion passed to Phillips, who took a hard shot that Pepperdine goalie Stolte stretched out and tipped over the crossbar with one hand. On the resulting corner kick, Nizich sent the ball in to Borgess, who shot it over the crossbar.

Pepperdine had the next few shots, with one going wide and Wynne’s shot going over the crossbar. Pepperdine midfielder Kelly Reilly sent a cross inside the box, but the header by Hill went wide to the left.

The Waves continued to attack, with Redlin sending a free kick over the top of the goal. A few minutes later, Redlin scored the first goal of the game when she sent a direct kick past a CSUN wall and into the goal at 70:00.

Within 10 minutes, the Waves scored again. Rupp crossed a ball in to forward Sophia Medina, who put it in the net.

CSUN had an opportunity on a corner kick by Nizich, but the shot by Mischenko was saved by Stolte.

In the 83rd minute, Nizich was awarded a penalty kick and buried it deep into the goal. Although Stolte made a dive to the correct side, Nizich’s shot couldn’t be stopped.

“She had no chance,” Nizich said. “I was just excited that I got to take it and I just concentrated and I knew I had to make it.”

Pepperdine scored the final goal of the game in the 87th minute when defender Ashley Copp crossed a ball in to Wynne, who beautifully directed the header into the right corner.

In the second half, the Waves had nine shots to the Matadors’ four.

For CSUN, forward Phillips and midfielders Borgess, Krohn and Nizich had two shots each during the game.

For the Waves, midfielder Wynne had five shots, forward Redlin had four and forward Rupp and midfielder Hill had three shots in the game.

CSUN goalie Cline had three saves in the match while Stolte had recorded five.

This was the last collegiate match for five Matador seniors who were honored prior to the start of the game: Tessa Binkley, Jessy Borges, April Cline, Sara Davis and Devon Nizich.

“It’s sad but I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot and I’m ready to move on to what’s next, whatever that may be,” Nizich said.