November 4, 1999

Cal State Northridge Edges Men's Soccer 1-0 In OT

Nov. 4, 1999

Santa Barbara, CA - The UCSB Men's Soccer team was downed 1-0 by visiting Cal State Northridge in overtime in both teams' Mountain Pacific Sports Federation finale at UCSB's Harder Stadium Thursday night. Head coach Tim Vom Steeg's team was playing its last home match without four starters. Chris Schwandt and leading scorer Jaime Ambriz were forced to sit out after receiving their fifth yellow cards of the season in the Gauchos' last match, while Steven Sosa was serving a red-card suspension. Third-leading scorer Thiago Martins is out for the season with a broken metatarsal.

Despite taking a combined 34 shots in regulation, the teams played a scoreless 90 minutes, sending the game into sudden-death overtime. Cal State Northridge wasted no time in the extra period, scoring at 92:59 on the game clock when Luis Castro intercepted a crossing pass from a Gaucho defender and dribbled a short distance to hit the game-winning shot from the top of the box. Senior Gaucho goalkeeper Stewart Sanders made a leaping attempt at the ball, deflecting the shot off the crossbar and into the net. The loss ended a season-high four-match winning streak for UCSB.

The Gauchos, 11-6-0 overall, 4-3-0 MPSF are currently in third place in the MPSF's Pacific division. The Matadors improved to 8-9-1 and 2-4-1 in conference play, good for fifth in the Pacific.