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.
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.