Sept. 14, 2012
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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Sagi Lev-Ari scored a pair of goals and Luis Ayala-Padilla stopped both shots he faced as Cal State Northridge defeated Army, 5-0, Friday evening at Matador Soccer Field.
Cal State Northridge (3-3-0) notched just two goals in losing its previous three games, but the Matadors tallied three times in the first half against Army and never looked back en route to the victory. The Black Knights, who were limited to eight shots in the contest, have lost three consecutive matches and dip to 2-4-0 on the season.
"We did not play Army soccer tonight, and when that happens we cannot expect any more than tonight's result," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "Our approach was more positive in the second half, and we will build on those positives for Sunday."
CSUN got on the scoreboard less than six minutes into the match when Lev-Ari scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 5:38 mark of the opening half. David Turcios and Carlos Benavides picked up assists on the marker, which gave Cal State Northridge an early 1-0 lead.
The Matadors doubled their advantage later in the first half when Beto Velasquez scored off an assist from Yuval Barak in the 34th minute. The tally, which gave Cal State Northridge a 2-0 cushion, was Velasquez' second of the year.
Cal State Northridge struck again less than five minutes later when Brian Behrad recorded his first goal of the season off a feed from Carlos Gonzalez. The marker, which was scored at the 38:05 mark, gave the Matadors a commanding 3-0 halftime lead.
Cal State Northridge controlled play throughout the first half, outshooting Army by an 11-2 margin during the opening stanza.
The Matadors picked up right where they left off early in the second half when Lev-Ari tallied his second goal of the night at the 54:54 mark. Benavides and Chris Smith assisted on the marker, which was Lev-Ari's team-leading sixth of the season.
CSUN capped the scoring in the 89th minute when Jose Luis Garcia took a pass from Christian Gonzalez and beat Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt for his first goal of the year.
Cal State Northridge finished with a dominant 24-8 edge in shots. Army, meanwhile, enjoyed a 3-1 margin in corner kicks.
Army freshman Cody Giddings paced the Black Knights' offense with a team-high two shots. Lev-Ari and Velasquez each had four shots apiece to lead the Matadors offensively.
Boldt (2-4-0) finished with four saves in the Black Knights' cage. Ayala-Padilla, who authored his first career shutout, improves to 1-0-0 on the year.
Army will wrap up its trip to the Sunshine State on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the Black Knights face Cal Poly at 4 p.m. EDT.
Match Notes: Army moves to 0-1-0 all-time versus Cal State Northridge ... the Black Knights are 0-3-0 on the road this season ... the five goals allowed by Army mark the most given up by the Black Knights since yielding six to Marist in the 2011 season opener ... the five-goal loss marks Army's largest margin of defeat since dropping a 5-0 home decision to Lehigh in 2006 ... the Black Knights played the final 40 minutes of tonight's contest a man down after sophomore defender Tommy Jaeger was issued his second yellow card early in the second half ... Cal State Northridge held Military Appreciate Night on Friday evening and all military personnel (both active and retired) were granted free admission to the contest ... the Black Knights will play their next three games away from West Point, before returning to Clinton Field on Oct. 6.