Sept. 4, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Virginia goalkeeper Ryan Burke blocked a penalty kick by UC Santa Barbara sophomore midfielder Tyler Rosenlund five minutes into the first half of overtime, securing the sixth-ranked Cavaliers a 0-0 tie with the fourth-ranked Gauchos.
In a physical, defensive match, Burke finished with six saves, but it was his block of Rosenlund's penalty kick that was the biggest. In the 95th-minute, UCSB freshman midfielder Eric Avila drove into the box, around a trio of Virginia defenders. He was tripped from behind as he approached Burke one-on-one. The Gauchos were awarded the penalty kick. Rosenlund lined it up and tried to place it to the right of the Cavalier goalkeeper, but Burke was up to the challenge, punching the ball wide.
UCSB had one more golden opportunity in the first ten-minute overtime. Avila worked his way back into left-hand portion of the Virginia box with just over two minutes remaining. With a defender on his back, Avila turned and blasted a shot across the box, just wide of the right-hand side of the goal.
Virginia had its best chance in the 76th-minute when a scramble in front of the Gaucho goal resulted in a shot by Cavalier forward Nico Colaluca. Colaluca's shot eluded a pair of UCSB defenders and ricocheted off of the right goal post. Four minutes later, at 80:21, Colaluca was whistled for his second yellow card of the match and Virginia was forced to play the final 29:39 a man down.
While Burke was outstanding for the Cavaliers, junior Kyle Reynish was just as impressive for Santa Barbara. He made a career-high seven saves, including several of the spectacular variety. UCSB was tested defensively several times, particularly in the first half. The Gauchos were playing without All-Big West defender Andy Iro and All-Big West midfielder Nate Boyden, both of whom received red cards in Friday's 2-0 loss to Cal and were forced to sit-out the match against Virginia. Freshman Alfonso Motagalvan , junior Jeff Murphy and senior Chris Hughes all played well defensively to make up for the loss of the regulars.
With the tie, the Gauchos are now 0-1-1 on the season and Virginia is 1-0-1. The tie also gives the UCSB/Adidas Classic championship to Cal, which posted a 2-0 win over UC Riverside on Sunday afternoon.
UCSB returns to action at the UNLV/Fila Invitational on Friday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 when it plays Northwestern. The Gauchos will also play the University of Portland on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Both Northwestern and Portland were NCAA Tournament participants in 2004.