12th-Ranked Men's Soccer Loses NCAA Second Round Heartbreaker At Cal, 2-1
Nov. 27, 2002
Berkeley, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara's dream soccer season came to an end on Wednesday afternoon.
The Gauchos, playing in their first NCAA Tournament ever, lost a heartbreaking second round match at Cal, 2-1.
With UCSB trailing 2-0, sophomore forward Drew McAthy cut the lead in half when he scored in the 85th-minute off of a corner kick by Tony Lochhead. For McAthy, it was his 17th goal of the season, second on the team, but while the Gauchos pressured the Bears in the final five minutes, they couldn't push another shot past the Cal goalkeeper.
Cal got on the board first when Mike Muņoz scored on a direct free kick. Muņoz, shooting from near the top right portion of the penalty box, arced a shot over the UCSB wall and past a leaping Danny Kennedy. The goal came in the 17th-minute.
The Bears made the score 2-0 in the 78th-minute when Nick Hatzke hit Pieter Berger with a through-ball at about midfield. With the Gauchos pushing forward in an effort to tie the score, Berger had a breakaway and took advantage of it, making it 2-0 Cal.
Making the loss even more difficult to take was the fact that the Gauchos had a pair of goals waved off. For the match, the Gauchos and Bears each had 11 shots on goal. Kennedy had just one save. UCSB had nine corner kicks as compared to Cal's two, but they could only score on one of them.
The Gauchos end the season with an 18-3-1 overall record, the best in school history. UCSB advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 first round win over the University of San Diego. Cal advances to the Sweet 16 with a record of 14-5-2.