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First-Half Goals Carry CSUN to 2-0 Win Against Visiting Cal Poly

First-Half Goals Carry CSUN to 2-0 Win Against Visiting Cal Poly

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The CSUN women's soccer team scored twice in the opening 27 minutes of play Thursday night, and the Matador defense made the pair of goals hold up, en route to picking up a 2-0 Big West Conference home win against Cal Poly.

CSUN (8-4-3 overall; 2-1-0 Big West) moved in front early, taking the lead in the third minute.

Bethany Fitzsimmons started the go-ahead sequence with a shot from the right wing which was punched out by Mustang keeper Sophia Brown. Gabriella Hinojosa, however, was there for the rebound, scoring from eight yards away with a put-back aimed low and to the right from the left side of the box.

Cal Poly would attempt the next five shots of the match in its effort to equalize, beginning with a look for Emily Talmi which was saved by Amanda Delgado in the fifth minute, moments before Sidra Bugsch saw a follow-up blocked by the Matador back line.

One of the Mustangs' best chances of the evening came in the seventh minute, as Jordan Patane almost tied the game, but her shot bounced off the crossbar.

Later on prior to the break, Cal Poly also created opportunities for Kylie Rojas (missing just wide of the left post in the eighth minute) and Bugsch again (21'; angling to the left of the goal), but the Matadors — who avenged a 1-0 defeat in San Luis Obispo in 2018 — took a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute. Cindy Arteaga doubled the margin from the middle of the box, tallying to the bottom-right corner off an assist by Cora Willcot.

The Mustangs (3-9-1; 0-2-0) generated two more looks before intermission, but Georgina Stiegeler (36') and Camille Lafaix (39') angled attempts wide.

Bugsch would return just under five minutes into the second half for another shot, missing to the right, before Rojas had a 63rd-minute attempt blocked. Monserrat Hernandez Marquez placed a 68th-minute shot on target, but Delgado was in position to come up with the save.

Lafaix almost tallied her fifth goal of the season in the 87th (four minutes after missing just beyond the right post), but Delgado made one more save approaching full time.

Cal Poly continues its road trip heading north on Sunday, traveling to UC Davis (5-8-0, 0-3-0) for a 2 p.m. matchup at Aggie Soccer Complex.

Photo Courtesy © Juventino Ortiz