Men's Soccer Battles 22nd-Ranked UCLA To Scoreless Tie
Sept. 28, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team battled 22nd-ranked UCLA to a 0-0 overtime on Friday night in Santa Barbara. The tie ended the Bruins 14-match winning streak against the Gauchos.
UCSB needed a best-ever effort by freshman goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to get the tie. Kennedy recorded a career-high six saves, and the Bruins took 19 shots, the most by a Gaucho opponent this season.
On the other side of the field, UCSB attempted 11 shots, but Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells needed just one save in the match. Wells' lone save was a big one, coming in the second half of overtime as Gaucho reserve forwards Anthony Dimech and Joe Hubay-Dies worked a give-and-go from about eight yards out. Wells pounced on the ball just before Dimech could get a shot at the rebound.
Santa Barbara played the final 55 minutes of the match a man short. In the 65th minute, defender Reuben Bates was given a red card for aggressive play, forcing him to the bench.
Offensively, UCLA was paced by forward Tim Pierce who had four shots on goal. Three other Bruins had three shots.
With the tie, the Gauchos are now 4-2-1 on the season. The Bruins are now 4-2-2. UCSB will take on its alumni on Sunday in an 11:00 a.m. match. They return to intercollegiate action on Friday, October 5, when they host Fresno State at approximately 8:15, following a Gaucho women's match against Sacramento State.