FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 3 UC Santa Barbara remains unbeaten after battling to a scoreless tie in double overtime at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday evening. The Gaucho record now stands at 7-0-3 and 1-0-1 in Big West games while the Titans are now at 4-7-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league.
The shutout marked UCSB's fifth of the season, all of which have been credited to goalkeeper and reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Week, Austin Mansker, who had two saves for the Gauchos. Santa Barbara's defensive performance was especially impressive considering they played a man-down for the final 31 minutes of the match after Daniel Welsh received a red card.
To Fullerton's credit, it became the first team to hold UCSB scoreless in 22 games. The last team to do so was UC Irvine in a 2-0 Gaucho loss on Oct. 1, 2011.
The Gauchos dominated all offensive categories during the 110-minute match. They out-shot Fullerton, 17-9, and had a 5-2 advantage in shots on-goal. UCSB also had a 9-3 edge in corner kicks.
Fullerton goalkeeper Robbie Hannon had five saves to help Fullerton maintain its clean sheet.
With the tie, UCSB continues its best start to a season since 2004, when it remained unbeaten through its first 12 matches. After the first weekend of conference play, UCSB currently is second in the Big West North Division behind Sacramento State, which handed losses to both UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge this weekend. The Gauchos and Hornets are the only conference teams to remain unscathed through the first weekend of league contests.
The Gauchos will continue Big West action next Friday, Oct. 5 when it returns home to host defending league champion UC Irvine at 7 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. On Sunday, Cal State Northridge will come to Santa Barbara for a 5 p.m. match-up. To purchase tickets, stop by the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here.