Nov. 4, 2004
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
It took two overtime periods, but fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara finally cracked UC Davis' defensive shell in the 106th minute off of a Neil Jones rocket to post a 1-0 victory and improve to 14-2-1 on the season. The Gauchos did not allow a single shot on goal until the 86th minute and senior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy wound up making two saves for his ninth complete game shutout of the season, and the team's 11th overall, tying the UCSB's single season record originally set in 1981.
The Aggies executed well defensively the entire match, playing ten men behind the ball for most of the four periods, but the Gauchos created numerous scoring opportunities on runs down the sideline. Although it registered just four shots two shots in the first half, UCSB had a multitude of crossing passes that were either deflected or punched out.
The Gaucho offense began to break down the Davis defense in the second half, lumping UCD keeper Charles Warne with two blistering shots that the sophomore netminder denied. Warne finished the match with five saves. UCSB ended regulation with 13 shots, four on frame and two that sailed just over the cross bar.
After the first overtime period came and went with neither team registering a shot on goal, the Gaucho offense found a way to break through in the second. Junior midfielder Bryan Byrne played a ball inside to senior forward Drew McAthy for a give-and-go from the left flank. Byrne carried the ball inside the penalty box where he was tackled 12 yards from the touch the touch-line. With Byrne down on the ground in the box senior defender Tony Lochhead picked up the loose ball about 35 yards and promptly played the ball out wide to freshman midfielder Tyler Rosenlund near the corner flag. Rosenlund worked the ball back up the left side and slid a pass to Jones near the corner of the penalty box. Jones took one-touched to settle the ball and face the frame and fired a 35-yard blast over and past a diving Warne and into the back of the net by way of the top right corner. The golden goal was Jones' ninth tally this season to give him 27 on his tying career, tying him for fifth all-time in UCSB history.
Santa Barbara wound up outshooting the Aggies 17-4 on the night and did not allow a single Davis shot until the 79th minute of the match, a high, lofting shot that sailed way left. As the end of regulation was approaching in appeared as if for the third straight match UCSB's defense was not going to allow a single shot on goal, unfortunately the Aggies Ryan Shaw ended the Gauchos streak at 276 minutes in the 86th minute. But Shaw's one-on-one was denied by Kennedy, making a spectacular diving save, showing that the senior keeper has returned to form.
With UCSB posting its third consecutive shutout it has now upped its season total to 11, tying them for the school's all-time record with the squad from 1981. On his own Kennedy has nine complete game blankings this season, leaving him just two shy of the Gauchos' single season record.
No. 5 UCSB next hosts 18th-ranked Stanford this Saturday, November 6th in Harder Stadium. Kickoff for the match is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the Gaucho Athletic Department will be offering 2-for-1 admission to all fans who present a valid coupon that is available on the main page of www.ucsbgauchos.com in addition to being distributed on Saturday at UCSB's Storke Field during the AYSO matches.