08 Dec 2021 | 14:52 | Soccer
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Giovanni Aguilar’s goal with 3:13 remaining in overtime lifted CSUN to a 1-0 victory over Portland in men’s soccer action Monday night at Matador Soccer Field.
The Matadors took the first shot of the game, just 50 seconds in on an Edison Palos blast. Arturo Revels attempted the second shot for CSUN in the 26th minute. Already a physical match, the Pilots went down a man when Christofors Kourtis was red-carded for a tackle at the 34:42 mark. Despite playing at a disadvantage, Portland would end up outshooting the Matadors 3-2 in the opening half.
The Pilots threatened in the 71st when Brandon Cambridge found himself with the ball at close range. His effort from just in front of David Preys was turned away by the redshirt junior, keeping the match scoreless. Reveles had an attempt saved by George Tasouris in the 78th. A pair of CSUN crossing passes late in the half were nearly turned into scoring chances, but Portland pushed them away.
Aguilar scored the game-winner by dribbling the ball inside the Portland box after taking possession on a deflection. His shot came from three yards out and broke the Matadors’ seven-game losing streak that began the 2021 campaign.
The Pilots (5-3) outshot CSUN 8-7, but the Matadors held a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal. Preys recorded his fifth career shutout as he made two saves. Tasouris, who entered the night fourth in Division I in shutouts with four, made three saves. The Matadors tallied six corner kicks, compared to three for Portland.
ACCORDING TO HEAD COACH TERRY DAVILA
“We worked very hard to get this victory and it was a long time coming. We pressed a little bit offensively. We thought we could win a game against a fine team in Portland. One of the Portland players made a decision that changed the outcome when he was ejected and put us up a man. Keeping our cool and not getting a red card of our own says a lot about our team. I am so happy that Gio finished off the play. He has been one of our only seniors to play in every game and it has been difficult leading all the young players that are around him. It couldn’t have happened to a better person.”
CSUN (1-7) travel to Saint Mary’s on Friday. The match begins at 4 p.m. and will be covered by the WCC Network. All links will be on GoMatadors.com.
Monday night marked the fourth consecutive match in which CSUN played to a one-goal decision and it was the third consecutive 1-0 decision…CSUN started five freshmen and one sophomore…this was Davila’s 203rd career victory as he is among the top 50 active Division I head coaches in the category…the CSUN win tied the all-time series between the two schools at 2-2.