Oct. 9, 2004
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
The No. 1 ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team stormed Mustang Stadium with four second half goals to top Cal Poly 5-1 and remain undefeated at 10-0-1 on the season. Junior Jonathon Davis netted his third and fourth goals of the season to improve the Gauchos to a perfect 3-0-0 in Big West play. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 3-3-3 on the year and 0-2-0 in conference action.
The hosts struck first in the 10th minute on a rare UCSB defensive miscue in the back. Matt Robinson intercepted a Tony Lochhead pass streaking down the defensive right and tucked a shot just inside the the left post from 25 yards out past a diving Dan Kennedy to give Cal Poly an early 1-0 lead.
Santa Barbara evened the score three minutes later on a play that developed off of a UCSB free kick just inside the half line. Junior midfielder Nate Boyden sent the ball through the middle of the field towards Matt Bly near the top of the box. Bly took the ball out of the air and flicked the ball onto an awaiting Davis. Davis took one touch and with the outside of his right foot and deftly chipped the ball over the shoulder of the Mustang's on-rushing keeper Jeremy Coupe for his third goal of the season, and his second in as many games.
Following the Gauchos' goal they controlled the remaining 20 minutes of the first half, ultimately outshooting Cal Poly by a 6-3 margin with four corner kicks in the first stanza.
UCSB didn't waste any time once the second half began. Less than two minutes in, Lochhead made up for his mistake that led to the Mustangs' lone goal. Taking the ball up from the Gauchos' defensive end, Lochhead carried it to about a 40 yards out and sent quick pass to the top of the penalty box. Sophomore Tino Nunez, Wednesday night's hero, redirected Lochhead's pass to the inside and found an awaiting Drew McAthy. McAthy beat his defender and astutely recognized that Coupe was going down and lifted the ball up and over for his tenth overall and his sixth game-winning goal of the season.
Boyden and Davis connected again for the second time on the night on a set piece in the 70th minute, except this time it was freshman Andy Iro who stepped in the middle. On a corner kick created by strong push to goal by Neil Jones, Boyden lofted the pass into the box and Iro deflected it to Davis who was about 10 yards out. Davis turned and one-timed a rocket for his second goal of the night, and his third in the last two games.
Not satisfied with a two-goal lead, Jones put UCSB up 4-1 three minutes later with his seventh goal of the season. Freshman Tyler Rosenlund collected a pass from out on the right wing and looked up to find Jones one-on-one with his defender. Rosenlund played a great ball over the top of the defense and onto Jones' feet. Jones took a quick touch and chipped an angled shot over and past Coupe. Jones finished the week with two goals and four assists.
Adding the the Gauchos' second-half onslaught freshman Andrew Proctor finally broke through for his first goal of the season, literally. After getting the ball near midfield, Proctor blew and busted by three Cal Poly defenders on the right side and carried the ball to the near post. With Coupe cheating to the near side Proctor took the ball to his left foot and slid a shot across the frame and into the side netting for his first goal of the season.
Kennedy was only forced to make two saves on the night to pick up his tenth win between the pipes for UCSB.
The Gauchos continue Big West play when they head to UC Riverside next Wednesday, October 13th to face the Highlanders at 3:00 p.m.