Oct. 20, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Upon entering Friday night's match, UCSB's men's soccer team hoped to even it's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record and position itself for post season play. However, the Gauchos fell short of their expectations, dropping a 1-0 decision to conference foe UC Irvine. The Gauchos are now 1-3 in MPSF play, 6-9 on the season. The Anteaters improve to 9-5-1, 2-0-1 in conference action.
UCSB stayed close to the Anteaters through out the first half of play. The Gauchos had seven shots in the period, while holding the Anteaters to only three. Senior forward Thiago Martins posted all three of his shots in the half, but the Gauchos could not find the net. UC Irvine's Tyler Reid, who ranks second in the MPSF in goalie saves, recorded three of his six in the period.
The Gauchos entered the second half with the same high level of play, keeping the Anteaters off the scoreboard for another 43 minues. However, in the 88th minute, UC Irvine's Jon Spencer broke through the defense and found the back of the net on a shot from the top of the box.
Freshman goalkeeper Erik Stolhandske, who ranks second in the MPSF in goals allowed average, posted five saves in the contest. Junior forward Jaime Ambriz matched Martins three shots to lead the Gauchos.
UCSB returns to action against MPSF foe San Diego State for a 4:30 p.m. matchup at Harder Stadium. The match will be the final home contest of the the season for the Gauchos.