Northridge, Calif- CSUN senior midfielder Marissa Favela winded up and took her corner kick. The shot twisted beautifully into the box but yet just like many of the changes that came on Sunday, the Matadors were unable to capitalize.
CSUN was unable to convert on five scoring chances inside their opponents box. UC Davis made the Matadors pay at the end.
Aggies forward Mahlah Catline fired on a free kick 15 yards out that caromed off the hands of freshman goalkeeper Amanda Delgado and CSUN fell in its final home game 1-0.
Brett Guarino looked like she was going to score in the 30th minute but her shot was negated after being ruled offsides.
The frustration of the season has taken its toll on coach Keith West after watching his team squander its chance to move into a possible tie for the fourth and final Big West playoff spot.
“Why do car accidents happen?,” said coach Keith West when asked about his team’s chances in the first half. “Seriously, why do they happen?”
It was a disappointing end for the team who has been torn by injuries all season. Starting defender Katelyn Von Meter hasn’t played since injuring her knee during her team’s second preseason match. Freshman starter Iffy Mbeledogu has missed the season due to a knee injury and redshirt freshman Alyssa Aguilar suffered an ankle injury midway through the year.
It was the final home game for senior Lindsay Kutscher who will go down in CSUN history as one of the program’s best defenders.
“This senior class has done great things and they are still doing great things,” West said. “Seasons are what they are and I’m so proud of these young ladies. These girls have taken our program to places they haven’t gone before.”
Expecting to fill Kutscher’s role next season is Kassandra Matthews. Matthews was active throughout the second half with her firm touches and helping drive the ball up field.
“I’m really disappointed that we didn’t get the win today for our seniors,” Matthews said. “I love them so much and everything they’ve taught us underclassman throughout the year. Lulu, Marissa and all of them have taught me to become more vocal and becoming a leader.”
Written by Ethan Hanson