Oct. 22, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After going scoreless for the first 65 minutes of its match with visiting Cal Poly on Saturday night, UC Santa Barbara knocked-home a pair of goals in a span of just over two minutes and then held on to remain unbeaten in Big West play, 2-0.
The Gauchos (8-3-3 overall, 4-0-2 in the Big West) took a 1-0 lead over the Mustangs (4-11-0 overall, 0-6-0 in the Big West) at the 65:51 mark when senior Bryan Byrne cracked a corner kick from the left and sophomore defender Andy Iro skied above the crowd in front of the goal to knock a header just inside the right post. The score came after a series of several near-misses for UCSB on corner kicks. The Gauchos, in fact, had 11 corner kicks in the match and Cal Poly could muster just one.
Santa Barbara scored again at 67:52. Midfielder Tyler Rosenlund, making his first start since he was injured at Cal Poly on September 28, took a ball into the left-hand side of the Mustang box. He switched the ball from his right foot to his left, passed to senior Ivan Becerra, who shoved it back to Rosenlund. Rosenlund then slid it right back to Becerra and the Gauchos leading scorer one-timed a shot inside the near post for his ninth goal of the season giving UCSB a 2-0 edge.
Prior to the two goals by the Gauchos, Cal Poly had a pair of golden opportunities to break the tie. The first one was in the 58th minute when Chris Miechowski slipped a pass through the UCSB defense to a wide-open Marcus Griffin who was streaking up the middle. Griffin dribbled in one-on-one against Santa Barbara goalkeeper Kyle Reynish who came off his line. Near the top of the box, Griffin pounded a shot that went wide to the left. Minutes later, Colm Cunning beat the Gaucho defense, but a diving Reynish smothered his attempt.
UCSB outshot Cal Poly in the contest 19-9. Sophomore goalkeeper Jeremy Coupe made seven saves for the Mustangs while Reynish had five for UCSB. Cal Poly had 19 fouls in the physical match and the Gauchos had 12. Mustang Matthew Robinson was ejected in the 76th minute. In addition, there were four cautions issued in the match, three to Cal Poly and one to UCSB.
The victory moves Santa Barbara back into first place in the Big West Conference. At 4-0-2, the Gauchos are one-point ahead of Cal State Northridge.
UCSB returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 26 when it travels to UC Davis for a 2:00 p.m. non-conference match. The Aggies will join the Big West Conference in two years. The Gauchos will next play at home on Saturday, Oct. 29 when they host Cal State Fullerton.