Northridge, Calif- Call it first home game jitters or having to play in 95 degree heat. In either case, the Matadors were not ready.
CSUN women’s soccer was dominated at home from start to finish and fell to Northern Arizona 2-0.
The loss saw an end to CSUN’s program record 11 match unbeaten streak come to an end. CSUN last loss was against Cal State Fullerton on October 1st of last season.
CSUN (0-1-1) looked flat from the opening touch and attempted only one shot on goal during the match.
“They kicked our (behind),” coach Keith West said. “Everything Northern Arizona wanted, it got. They physically outplayed us, everything you can describe in terms of getting beat that’s what they did.”
Northern Arizona (1-1-0) seeped through the CSUN midfield before senior Victoria Cooper sent a shot toward in the inside post past goalkeeper Taylor Thames in the 25th minute.
Thames received high marks from West despite giving up two goals for the second consecutive game.
“It’s tough to defend against shots when they’re being fired from just eight yards away,” West said. “I thought Taylor did a fantastic job, (Lindsay) Kutscher was excellent and so was Amanda Martin. Those players I thought did extremely well.”
Martin fired CSUN’s lone got goal from 20 yards out in the 42nd minute before being pounced on from Northern Arizona goalkeeper Taryn Benham.
In the second half, the Lumberjacks brought pressure again. Freshman Sam Larberg received a ball inside the box and added her team’s second goal in the 69th minute.
Despite CSUN being without injured senior forward Bret Guarino and Katelyn Von Meter, West said it came down to the lack of effort on the energy.
“We just had no energy,” West said. “It had nothing to do with injuries or anything. It was about our effort.”
Now CSUN will look to regain its luster offensively next Sunday on the road against Portland State before returning home to play UNLV on Aug 30.
“It was a combination of nerves and I think the heat affected us a little bit,” Martin said. “In either case coach didn’t like what he saw from us today. We have to be better.”