Aug. 27, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Goalkeeper Ryan Burke made two key saves late and junior midfielder Jeremy Barlow's goal just over a minute into the second half was the difference as No. 3 Virginia defeated No. 21 UC Santa Barbara 1-0 in the final game of the University of Virginia Soccer Classic Sunday evening.
With the win, the Cavaliers claimed the University of Virginia Soccer Classic title with a 2-0 record. The loss gives the Gauchos a 1-1-0 mark on the year and a second place finish at the season opening tournament.
"This was a tough loss because I thought we played better tonight than we did on Friday," head coach Tim Vom Steeg said. "Overall, I am very pleased with our performance this weekend."
After the Gauchos and Cavaliers battled to a heated 0-0 overtime tie in last season's UCSB/adidas Classic, Sunday's match proved to be just as physical. A total of 48 fouls were called and nine yellow cards were issued. UCSB was forced to play a man down for the remainder of the match after sophomore defender Alfonso Motagalvan was given his second yellow card with less than five minutes to play in the first half.
Santa Barbara's best scoring opportunity of the opening period came with about 15 minutes left in the half. After a ball was served into the back post, sophomore midfielder Chris Pontius beat three defenders and left the ball off for a streaking Proctor, who couldn't put enough on the ball to get it inside the left post.
Following a scoreless first half, Virginia found the net with what proved to be the game-winner in the 47th minute. Forward Yannick Reyering's free kick ricocheted off of the Gauchos' defensive wall and bounced directly to Barlow. With a good first step, Barlow beat his defender and sent the ball past a charging Kyle Reynish to the right for the score.
The Gauchos had numerous other opportunities after halftime, holding an 11-2 edge in corner kicks in the second half. Freshman forward Bongomin Otii had an excellent chance for the equalizer with 20 minutes to play. With a Virginia defender on his hip, he shot from about 10 yards out on the left side, but Burke was able to come up with the save.
Offensively, the Gauchos only managed two shots on goal against the stout defensive of the Cavaliers. Overall, Santa Barbara took eight shots in the match, with Otii and Proctor the only players to record shots on frame. For the match, the Gauchos were outshot 10-8, with the Cavaliers recording five shots on goal.
UCSB returns to Harder Stadium this weekend for its 2006 home opener against San Diego State Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Gauchos defeated the Aztecs 2-0 in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament.