Sept. 13, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
At the 19:00 mark of Wednesday's men's soccer match between UC Santa Barbara and Westmont College, Gaucho senior forward Thiago Martins collided with Warrior goalkeeper David Jay about 15 yards in front of Westmont's goal. Jay poked the ball away and averted a Gaucho scoring threat while Martins collapsed on the field and was forced to leave the match with a concussion and a bruised back.
Then, things got worse for UCSB.
Just under a minute after the collision between the Gauchos' top offensive catalyst and the Westmont goalie, the Warriors broke the scoreless tie. Forward Mark Stephens broke past the UCSB defense and took a perfect pass from midfielder Kevin Girod, going the final 20 yards unmolested and booting the ball past Gaucho goalkeeper Trent Ulicny to give Westmont a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the 80th-minute when Westmont sophomore Mark Oehlman took a pass and found himself one-on-one with Ulicny about 12 yards in front of the goal. Ulicny came out from his line and collided with Oehlman. The referee whistled the Gaucho goalie for a foul and awarded Oehlman with a penalty kick, which he drove into the upper-right portion of the net, giving Westmont their final tally of the evening and a 2-0 victory.
The annual crosstown contest was played in front of 1,154 fans at UCSB's Harder Stadium and it was a physical contest. The Gauchos were whistled for 31 fouls and the Warriors had 20. Santa Barbara was also given five yellow cards, including two to freshman defender Matt Kubota. Kubota received his first caution at the 71:00 mark of the match after a hard tackle. Only a minute later, in the 72nd minute, he repeated the act and was given his second yellow, resulting in his ejection and forcing him to miss the team's next match as well.
UCSB could muster very little in the way of offense all match. While the Gauchos had seven shots on goal, as compared to Westmont's ten, Warrior goalie David Jay had no saves. UCSB had only a couple of legitimate scoring opportunities and failed to capitalize on either. Ulicny had three saves for Santa Barbara.
With the loss, the Gauchos' two-game winning streak was snapped. They are now 3-2 on the season. Westmont improves to 6-1 and they have won five in a row. UCSB returns to the field on Sunday, September 17 when they travel to Berkeley to take on Cal in a 1:00 p.m. match. The Gauchos return home on Friday, October 22 when they host Oregon State in an 8:00 p.m. match. That match is part of a scheduled doubleheader with the women's team, which will host Idaho State at 6:00 p.m.