DAVIS, Calif. – Entering Wednesday's late afternoon match against UC Davis riding a six-game unbeaten streak, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team fell flat in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Aggies.
The loss is the first for the Gauchos (5-5-3, 3-1-1 Big West) since a 2-1 defeat to St. John's (N.Y.) on Sept. 12, nearly one month ago. With the win, UC Davis (6-6-2, 3-1-1 Big West) moves into a tie for first with UCSB atop the North Division standings.
The Aggies got on the board early with a Lizandro Torres goal in the 16th minute of the match. Miguel Acevedo made a long run and dished the ball into the box for Torres, who shot up and over a charging Alan Carrillo.
UCSB tallied a trio of corner kicks in the first half, but mustered just one shot as UC Davis took control.
In the second half, the Aggies put the game away with a pair of goals just over one minute apart. In the 76th minute, Noah Wilson rebounded a shot and fired into the goal on the right side before Greg Salazar converted off a free kick in the 77th minute.
The Gauchos created a handful of chances and edged UC Davis 7-2 in corner kicks but were outshot 11-5 for the game. Rodney Michael led UCSB with two shots while Seo-In Kim, Ignacio Tellechea and Derek Kryzda also tallied shots in the game.
UCSB turns its focus towards a big matchup on Saturday night when it welcomes Cal Poly (5-7, 1-3 Big West) to Harder Stadium to kick off the annual Blue-Green Rivalry at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
Season tickets and individual game tickets are available online here or call the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB (8272).