Oct. 24, 1999
Santa Barbara, CA - The UCSB Men's Soccer team continued its winning ways Sunday afternoon on the ThunderPitch at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos, 11-5-0 overall, 4-2-0 MPSF won their season-high fourth consecutive contest, all conference games, when they downed the visiting UNLV Rebels (6-9-0, 1-3-0) by a 3-0 count.
Sophomore forward Jaime Ambriz struck first for the Gauchos in the 23rd minute. Ambriz controlled the ball in the right half of the box, dribbled around a defender and beat the Rebel keeper to the near post. The goal was Ambriz' seventh of the season. He leads the Gauchos in scoring with 16 total points.
Sophomore reserve forward Joe Hubay-Dies added an insurance score midway through the second half, when he took a Brandon Meeks bouncing through ball and lobbed another bouncer past the UNLV goalkeeper from 25 yards out. Freshman reserve Justin Waldrop scored his second late goal in as many games in the 79th minute when he took a pass from sophomore Zak Matteoli and beat the keeper near post from the right side.
Senior goalkeeper Stewart Sanders, who last played a full-time in 1995, earned his seventh shutout of the season and second straight blanking by making nine saves in a sterling effort. Sanders was awarded a medical redshirt in 1996, played sparingly in 1997 and sat out all of 1998. He has 14 career shutouts to his credit, fourth all-time among UCSB goalkeepers.
UCSB's victory clinched the school's first winning season since 1995, when the Gauchos last made the MPSF playoffs. They are currently in third place in the MPSF's Pacific division, with the top team facing off against the Mountain division leader for the conference championship.