Gauchos Drop 4-2 Decision to Butler in Akron Tournament

Gauchos Drop 4-2 Decision to Butler in Akron Tournament

AKRON, Ohio – Despite taking a season-high 22 shots and receiving a career-best seven saves from keeper Titouan Le Roux, No. 5 UC Santa Barbara fell 4-2 to No. 19 Butler Friday afternoon in a battle of unbeaten, top-20 teams to open the University of Akron Tournament at Cub Cadet Field. 

The Gauchos snapped a four-game winning streak with the loss, dropping to 4-1-0 on the young season. The Bulldogs improved their record to 3-0-1. 

Junior forward Ahinga Selemani and freshman midfielder Daniel Amo both found the back of the net in the second half to earn their second goals of the season, but by then it was too late.

Butler opened the game in the best way possible, with Mitch Ostrowski knocking in a rebound of a David Goldsmith shot to go up 1-0 in just the second minute. 

After a flurry of offense from both teams, the Bulldogs went up by a pair when Lewis Suddick was able to score off a set piece at the 18:00 mark.

After the halftime break, the Gauchos worked hard to get back into the game, and that effort paid off when Selemani – who had a team-best and career-high six shots in the contest – brought back a goal just 62 seconds into the second half. 

Unfortunately for the Gauchos, Butler's Goldsmith would player spoiler on two occassions in the second half, first re-establishing his squad's two-goal advantage by heading home an Isaac Galliford header in the 53rd minute. Then after Amo's tally in the 61st – featuring a nice move in the box and a good finish past keeper Eric Dick – Goldsmith beat Le Roux 1-v-1 in the 72nd to put the game on ice. 

UCSB will look to rebound on Monday evening against host Akron, facing the Zips at 4:30 p.m. PDT. A live stream for that match will be available online here