Anteaters Upset No. 5 Matadors, 1-0
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- UCI kept its Big West South run going with a big-time win over the fifth-ranked Cal State Northridge, 1-0, Saturday night at Matador Soccer Feld.
Mitchell Alvarez took advantage of a broken play in the 10th minute to get the scoring going. Mats Bjurman chipped a shot off the crossbar, and the rebound was pounced on by Alvarez who buried it and gave UCI the early 1-0 lead.
The 'Eaters responded quickly thereafter with a chance from Cameron Iwasa, but it sailed wide.
UCI (9-4-3, 4-2-1) took a slight advantage in shots into the half at 6-5, and built on that with a 7-1 advantage in the second half along with all three of the match's corner kicks en route to its ninth victory of the season.
The 'Eaters moved into a tie with the Matadors atop the Big West South division with a record of 4-2-1. The win over the fifth-ranked Matadors also marks the fourth straight ranked opponent UCI has defeated. The 'Eaters downed a 21st-ranked Matador squad to end 2012 and took down No. 16 Louisville and No. 11 UCLA earlier in 2013.
Alvarez's goal was his second game-winner in as many matches and his third goal of the season. Bjurman provided his third assist.
Keeper Michael Breslin stopped three shots in recording his Big West-leading seventh shutout of the year.
UCI returns home next Saturday, Nov. 2, with a 7:00 p.m. match against Cal State Fullerton.