NORTHRIDGE, CA – In the first meeting ever between the two schools, Cal State Northridge defeated the Rutgers men’s soccer team, 2-1, on Sunday at Matador Soccer Field in Northridge, CA. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights end their regular season 9-6-3, while Cal State Northridge, a member of the Big West Conference, improves its record to 10-3-2, with four games remaining on its schedule.
CS Northridge opened the scoring with a goal in the ninth minute as the Matadors’ Willie Sims received a feed from Juan Guerrero at the top of the box, beating RU goalkeeper Lubos Ancin (Burlington, NJ) for the score.
Down a goal, Rutgers pressured hard for the equalizer, peppering Matador goalkeeper Radames Lafaurie with 16 shots in the first half to CS Northridge’s nine. The Scarlet Knights’ efforts paid off as sophomore Sammy Castellanos (Philadelphia, PA), Rutgers’ leading scorer last season with 17 points (6g, 5a), scored on a set piece in the 35th minute to knot the match at 1-1. Castellanos had a game-high seven shots, including five shots on goal, in recording his first goal of the season.
With the scored tied at a goal apiece, CS Northridge’s Yossi Raz took a feed from Sims, chipping it past a diving Ancin into the lower left corner of the net for the game’s decisive goal at the 61:22 mark.
Karcz nealry tied the match with a little more than six minutes remaining the match. The junior missed the equalizer by just inches, sending a hard shot off the post.
Rutgers outshot CS Northridge, 27-20, in the match, with Castellanos (7), Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) (5) and Richie Arenas (Guatemala City, Guatemala) (6), combining for 18 shots.
Lafaurie totaled 10 saves in goal for CS Northridge, while Ancin made four for Rutgers.
“Cal State Northridge is a good team, we could not get the victory today in our final regular season match,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “They scored an early goal, but are attacking third responded well with several scoring opportunities in the first half. After [Cal State Northridge] got its second goal, we felt like we were chasing the game. We have to move on and get ready for Seton Hall on Saturday at home.”
Rutgers will face Seton Hall in a BIG EAST quarterfinal match on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.