Fourth-Ranked Gauchos Blanked by 20th-Ranked Cal, 2-0 on First Day of UCSB Adidas Classic
Sept. 2, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Twentieth-ranked Cal scored one goal in each half and put together a solid defensive effort to shutout fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara 2-0 in the second match of the Adidas Classic on Friday night at Harder Stadium. In the first match, sixth-ranked Virginia posted a 2-0 win over UC Riverside.
The Golden Bears scored the first goal of the match at the 23:14 mark in the first half. Junior midfielder Eric Ebert dribbled the ball past three Gaucho defenders on the left side of the box, and then slid a shot past goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.
In the 74th minute, UCSB sophomore defender Andy Iro was given a second yellow card, leading to his ejection, and less than ten minutes later Cal took advantage. At 81:53 of the second half senior forward Calen Carr drove down the right sideline. Near the top of the box, he cut to his left and cracked a perfect cross to midfielder Luke Sassano who one-timed the ball into the lower-left portion of the goal.
The Gauchos had a handful of dangerous chances, but Golden Bear goalkeeper Erik Kronberg was up to the challenge with four saves. UCSB's Kyle Reynish had five saves on the night.
Cal outshot the Gauchos 12-10. UCSB had 20 fouls while Cal had just six. In addition to Iro's ejection on a pair of yellow cards, Santa Barbara senior midfielder and co-captain Nate Boyden received a red card in the 83rd minute. Both Boyden and Iro will be forced to sit out Sunday's match against sixth-ranked Virginia.
On Sunday, UC Riverside will play Cal in a 2:00 p.m. contest. The Gaucho-Cavalier match will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. and separate admission will be charged for each. Also on Sunday, the UCSB Athletic Department will have a table set-up under the scoreboard to accept donations for the Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina relief fund.