Oct. 11, 2006
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Forward Nathan Paterson scored a goal just 1:15 into the match and that was all UC Riverside needed to defeat UC Santa Barbara 1-0 in a Big West Conference match up Wednesday afternoon at the UCR Soccer Stadium. The Gauchos out-shot the host Highlanders 20-9 for the game, but could not find the net in the loss.
With the win, Riverside improves to 4-8-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the Big West, while Santa Barbara falls to 7-6-0 and 3-2-0 in conference play. The victory was just the second-ever for the Highlanders in 17 tries and snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series. UCR last defeated UCSB 3-2 in Riverside in 1974 when the Highlanders were a Division II program.
The Gauchos are just 2-4 away from Harder Stadium this season.
Six days after UCLA took an early lead with a strike at the 1:00 mark before going on to win 3-1, the Highlanders scored the contest's only goal at 1:15 on Wednesday. Defender Ben Oliver sent a ball down the right for forward Michael Galland. Galland then got by his defender and sent a cross into the box, connecting with Paterson, who volleyed it in past UCSB goalkeeper Kyle Reynish for the eventual game-winner.
The Gauchos otherwise dominated the match, posting a 20-9 shot advantage, with seven of their shots coming on frame, but finishing was once again an issue. They came close to equalizing in the sixth minute as reigning Big West Player of the Week Nick Perera hit a shot low to the left of UCR keeper Charles Alamo, but he was able to get a hand on it to push it off the post. Junior midfielder Brennan Tennelle had the next opportunity in the 29th minute on a through-ball but skied his shot high.
Alamo came up big again in the 65th minute, parrying away a blistering shot from junior forward Tino Nunez. Ten minutes later, the Highlander defense thwarted another Gaucho offensive attack, as defender Scott Dailey cleared a David Walker effort off the line. UCSB continued to try and tie the game in the waning minutes but the Highlanders held on as the clock ticked down to their historic victory.
Walker led the Gauchos with four shots, while Perera, Andy Iro, and Eric Frimpong had three apiece. Alamo made six saves on the way to his first shutout of the season. Reynish posted five for Santa Barbara.
UCSB will travel to Central Coast rival Cal Poly for a 7:00 p.m. contest this Saturday. The Gauchos have won the past 11 meetings with the Mustangs.