Oct. 12, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
With less than two minutes remaining in the match and the score tied at 1-1, UC Santa Barbara freshman defender Alan Keely picked-up the ball just above the Gaucho penalty box and wove his way through seven Cal State Fullerton players, dribbling all the while. Keely, who had gone nearly the length of the field, entered the Titan penalty box and on the left side, slid a pass to his right and senior forward Rob Friend pounded home his 11th goal of the season at the 88:15 mark, giving the 24th-ranked Gauchos a 2-1 victory in their Big West opener.
Keely's amazing individual effort and Friend's goal helped save UCSB, which was playing a man-down at the time. Fullerton had tied the score at 1-1 less than five minutes earlier when Titan forward Brent Whitfield fed forward Hector Orellana for a one-timer at the 83:28 mark. The goal was Orellana's team-leading sixth of the campaign.
Santa Barbara scored the only goal of the first half when junior midfielder Neil Jones looped a pass into the penalty box and sophomore forward Drew McAthy slid one past Titan goalkeeper Sam Reynolds from about eight yards in front of the goal. The score came in the 35th minute.
The match was a physical one as UCSB committed 24 fouls and Fullerton had ten. Each team had a player receive a red card. Gaucho reserve midfielder Brandon Meeks was ejected with 4:15 left in the match, while Titan reserve forward was tossed in the final minute of the match. Fullerton also had three players receive yellow cards, while the Gauchos had two.
Reynolds played a solid match for the Titans, coming-up with nine saves. Danny Kennedy had four for the Gauchos.
The win improves UCSB's record to 9-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in Big West play. Fullerton drops to 3-6-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the Big West. The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, October 16, when they host UC Riverside in a 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium