Sept. 17, 2001
Moraga, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team was handed its first loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat at St. Mary's on Monday night. The Gauchos drop to 3-1, while the Gaels improve to 3-2.
The Gauchos recorded 13 shots in the first half, but were unable to capitalize on their chances. However, the Gaels were able to score in the 29th minute on a Alex Avina shot from 10 yards out. Freshman Diego Rovina assisted on the goal.
UCSB continued to penetrate through out the second half, outshooting St.Mary's 7-5 in the half, 20-9 in the match. Yet, goalkeeper Kellan Wilson was able to tally eight saves and record the shutout.
Rob Friend led the Gauchos with five shots, while fellow forward Joe Hubay-Dies added four shots. Both Jon Apilado and Drew McAthy notched three attempts. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy recorded three saves, while allowing only the second goal this season.
UCSB will return to action on Wednesday night at Harder Stadium to host NAIA powerhouse and longtime rival Westmont. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m.