Sept. 13, 2002
St. Louis, Mo. -
The No. 25 UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team scored twice in 57 seconds to overcome an early 1-0 James Madison advantage, eventually topping the previously undefeated Dukes 3-1 at the St. Louis Nike Classic.
The Gauchos remain unbeaten on the season, running their record to 4-0 overall. While JMU suffers its first loss of the season and falls to 4-1. UCSB has one game remaining at the Nike Classic on Sunday, September 15th at 10:00 a.m. against Southwest Missouri State.
It didn't look promising at first for the Gauchos; in fact, it didn't even look as if they were going to make it to their game. Due to a missed plane connection in their travels yesterday, the team arrived at the hotel in St. Louis only two and a half hours before the scheduled kick-off time putting a wrinkle in UCSB's pre-game plans.
James Madison capitalized on Santa Barbara's sluggishness in the early portion of the match, netting what would be the Dukes only goal of the match 3:16 into the game. JMU's Christopher Pitt took a pass from Patrice Filin and rifled a shot from 16 yards outs over UCSB goalkeeper Danny Kennedy to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Dukes were able to maintain their lead for about 27 minutes until the Gauchos' David McGill knotted the score at 1-1 for his first goal of the season, and of the first of his career at Santa Barbara. McGill touched down a long cross from teammate Memo Arzate just outside the penalty box on banked in a 20-yarder of the left post. It was only the second goal JMU had given up in five matches.
Then less than a minute later, midfielder Dan Young collected an errant clear attempt by the Dukes goalkeeper Josh Kovolenko and fed forward Gene Deering setting up the eventual game-winner. Deering took the pass and dribbled around Kovolenko for his third goal of the year to give the Gauchos a 2-1 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
Up to this point in the season, JMU had only given up one goal in over 390 minutes played, McGill and Deering's goals came just 57 seconds apart, taking the wind out of the James Madison's sails for the rest of the game.
Santa Barbara's insurance goal came in the second half at the 70:05 mark when senior forward Rob Friend netted his fourth goal of the season. Friend, who entering this weekend's play was tied for 15th in the nation with 2.67 points per game, has scored in every game this season for UCSB, he has also dished out two assists and lead the team with 10 total points.
The Gauchos' defense, anchored by freshman Alan Keely, was coming off a shutout over St. Mary's and was once again dominant, allowing just nine shots on goal, as UCSB out-shot JMU 18-9 for the match.
Santa Barbara closes out its stay in St. Louis with their second and final match of the Nike Classic when they face Southwest Missouri State on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
The Gauchos return home next weekend for the match with cross-town rival Westmont, Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium. The UCSB/Westmont action starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday when the two school's alumni teams take the field in Harder.