No. 11 UCSB Takes Down No. 9 Indiana in Nationally Televised Pairing
Oct. 2, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In the 2004 NCAA College Cup Final, UC Santa Barbara and Indiana battled to a 1-1 tie and the game had to be decided in penalty kicks. The Gauchos came up short in the shootout, falling 3-2, just missing out on the NCAA title.
As if following a script, the 2009 Gauchos avenged that loss Friday evening with a 3-0 victory over ninth-ranked Indiana (5-3-1) - the same night the 2004 team returned to Harder Stadium to celebrate the five-year anniversary of that historic season.
As if it wasn't enough to win the game in front of the 2004 team, No. 11 UCSB (7-2-1) also got to shut out the Hoosiers in front of the Fox Soccer Channel cameras and a crowd of 10,114 - the largest home crowd for a regular season game in school history.
The win marked the second television victory of the season for the Gauchos, who shut out Rutgers on Sept. 11, 4-0, in another Fox Soccer Channel "Game of the Week."
The Gauchos got off to a relatively slow start in the first half and Indiana took the first three shots of the game within the first 11 minutes of play.
In the 39th minute, the Gauchos were able to get on the scoreboard when Michael Tetteh chipped a cross from the left side of the box to Danny Barrera who volleyed it into the top right corner of the goal. It was Barrera's third goal of the season.
The Gauchos' momentum carried over into the second half and it was only six minutes in until the Gauchos were able to strike again. Michael Nonni played a through pass 40 yards out to Machael David who went one-on-one against the goalie. David dribbled around Indiana goalkeeper Luis Soffner and scored his first goal of the season to put UCSB up, 2-0.
Nonni rounded out the Gaucho scoring in the 61st minute when Barrera kicked the ball into the box and a fortuitous bounce placed it right in front of Nonni who scored, putting UCSB ahead, 3-0.
Indiana got three shots off in the final 10 minutes of the game, but UCSB held on for the shut out, the fourth of the season and second straight.
The Gauchos out-shot the Hoosiers 14-11 in the victory, but Indiana had a 6-4 advantage in shots-on-goal. Junior goalkeeper Sam Hayden had another great showing, making a season-high six saves for the second straight game. UCSB will resume Big West Conference action on Wednesday when they host league rival Cal Poly at 7 pm at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
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