Cal State Northridge sophomore Danny Trejo has a ceiling that seems endless. It’s a rarity when he isn’t the fastest man on the field and his touch has only become better.
On Wednesday night, Trejo showed upgrades to his skillset. Trejo registered a hat trick including two goals in the second half and CSUN overwhelmed Cal State San Bernardino 4-1 in its lone home exhibition match.
“I’m simply a student of the game,” Trejo said. “This summer I just did whatever I could to make myself better. Watched tape, worked harder to get stronger and I’m always looking for ways to learn the game and help my team.”
CSUN won but with improved tactics from last season. The midfield led by Andrew Rizeq worked the ball to both sides of the field and in the sixth minute Trejo scored his first goal on a penalty kick after being fouled on a breakaway. The Matadors would register four shots on goal in the first 15 minutes.
“We were young last season and we are still young but with me and Danny, I feel like we have a much better chemistry about ourselves,” Rizeq said. “All together I just think we are a lot more firm as a team and we connect a lot better.”
The midfield was effective in large segments, but first unit drew the ire of coach Terry Davila and benched his starters midway through the first half.
“I just think after that first goal we started to try and see if we could score 100 goals instead of doing the things needed to win,” Davila said.
Trejo added two more goals and the Matadors showed they could do more then play over the top. CSUN showed it could stretch and attack against San Bernardino.
Now CSUN will show that its tactics can compete with the best in its last exhibition match at Stanford this Saturday before opening the regular season on the road against San Francisco on August 24.
The night ended on a sour note for CSUN after freshman Marvin Arias went down in the extra 30 minute period and grabbed at his right leg after a tackle from behind from Francisco Sierra. Sierra was ejected after receiving a red card in the 105th minute
Arias was down for several minutes before being taken off the field in a cart. Arias was seen with a large bag of ice around his right ankle.
Arias was considered one of the program’s rising freshman after scoring a goal against Cal State Bakersfield from 27 yards away.
“That was a tough loss,” Davila said. “He’s been a kid who has been one of our stars coming in and had been playing extremely well. We’ll see how this week goes and hopefully he isn’t out for too long.”