Gauchos Draw With CSU Bakersfield in Spring Clash

Noah Billingsley (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Noah Billingsley (photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer program continued its spring schedule last Friday night with a 1-1 draw against CSU Bakersfield at Harder Stadium. 

UCSB took an early lead in the contest after freshman forward Noah Billingsley stripped the ball from a Roadrunner center back and beat the keeper to make it 1-0. It was the first goal of the spring for the New Zealand native. 

Besides Billingsley's opportunistic goal, the two teams played relatively level in the first half.

The Gauchos began to dicatate the tempo of the contest in the second half, and had a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Billinsgley found an open Seo-In Kim in the box, but his shot was blocked by a CSUB defender. 

UCSB caught a bad break with just three minutes left in the game, as a mis-hit clearance led to a late equalizer for the Roadrunners. 

"Every time we play Bakersfield, it's a competitive match," said UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "Tonight was no different."

The Gauchos are next in action against Westmont on Apr. 6 at Harder Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m. All spring games at Harder Stadium are free of charge and open to the public.