SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – There is a first time for everything and on Saturday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium, UC Riverside won its first match in Santa Barbara. The Highlanders defeated No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, to snap their 10-game losing skid on the Gauchos' pitch.
Riverside improves to 8-5-2 and 3-3-1 in league games.
The Highlanders got on the scoreboard first in the 27th minute. Azeez Atanda passed the ball off to Richie Osborne who streaked down the right side of the field, beat his defender and sent a high arching shot to the top left corner of the Gaucho goal.
UCSB did not trail for long though. Sam Garza took a shot in the 30th minute and a handball was called on a Highlander defender in the box. Luis Silva took the penalty kick and buried the ball in the upper right side of the Riverside goal, tying the game at 1-1.
UCSB will remain at home to host league-leader UC Davis on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in a 7 p.m. match-up at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. To purchase tickets, visit the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or buy online by clicking here.