The win was the third straight for UCI (11-2, 3-1 in conference), which had lost two of three before beginning its recent roll against conference competition at UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 1.
The 'Eaters' victory also halted a three-game winning streak by the Matadors (5-5-1, 2-1), who had outscored opponents, 9-0, during the run.
"I thought we dominated possession against a good possession team that has been hot, very hot," UCI Coach George Kuntz said. "We've been working the last three weeks on closing down spaces [for opposing attackers] and we did a good job of that tonight. I think we played better and we kept the shutout."
Kuntz said Ibarra, who now has five goals and five assists to lead the team with 15 points (two points for a goal and one for an assist) was, as usual, a difference-maker, first at midfield, then up top.
"Wherever you put Miguel Ibarra, he dominates," Kuntz said of the 5-foot-7, 135-pound firefly who was responsible for the game's first goal when his cross caromed off Northridge defender Luis Gutierrez into the net for an own-goal in the 58th minute. "I wish I had seven of him, because he's so quick, so quick to the ball and so quick at reading. Wherever we need help and guys are dropping, fitness-wise, he goes. His cardio is beyond imagination. And he was sick tonight."
Ibarra contributed to the Matadors' sinking feeling in the final minute, clinching the victory by punching in a rebound. The final goal was initiated when freshman Victor Calderon sent a cross into the six-yard area that went off a defender and onto the foot of Ibarra just inside the far post.