Nov. 9, 1999
That's how the Gauchos must have been feeling after their 1-0 overtime loss to visiting Cal State Northridge last Thursday night. The Gauchos, 12-7-0 overall and 4-3-0 MPSF, lost their MPSF Pacific Division finale when the Matadors' Luis Castro drilled a shot past goalkeeper Stewart Sanders in the 93rd minute. UCSB was playing without four starters, missing Jaime Ambriz and Chris Schwandt due to excessive yellow cards, Steven Sosa to a red card suspension and Thiago Martins to injury. The loss meant the difference between second and fourth place for the Gauchos in the MPSF Pacific Division.
The Gauchos turned in a more than respectable performance at the Cal Adidas Legacy Classic in Berkeley last weekend. UCSB was defeated 2-0 by 16th-ranked (Soccer America Top 20) Stanford Saturday, but bounced back to defeat the Cal Bears on their own turf Sunday, in a 1-0 overtime triumph in heavy rain. Lucas Dalgleish scored the game-winner for UCSB when he took a pass from Sean Herrity, who fielded a throw-in from Kenny Newendorp. Sanders recorded his eighth shutout of the season in the contest.
Cloak and Dalgleish
Junior reserve forward Lucas Dalgleish's game-winning goal in the 103rd minute Sunday was a big score, but it was nothing the Gaucho Faithful hadn't seen from the Seattle native earlier this season. Dalgleish gave the Gauchos a spirited win over cross-town rival Westmont September 24, when he lofted an eephus shot over the six-foot-six-inch Warrior goalkeeper. Dalgleish's first goal of the season came UCSB's opener vs. Cal Poly, avenging a 4-2 Gaucho loss to the Mustangs to end last season. Dalgleish is fourth on the team in scoring with three goals and two assists (eight points).
Where's The Beef?
Senior goalkeeper Stewart "Stoo" Sanders made four saves and earned his 15th career shutout Sunday at Cal. The San Diego native has notched eight shutouts this season, tops in the MPSF Pacific Division. Sanders also leads the ciruit in saves (82) and is second in goals against average (0.88). His 15 blankings place him fourth in the Gauchos' all-time goalkeeping ranks, just one shutout out of third. Sanders made six stops against Stanford Saturday, and both Cardinal goals came off rebounds.
With their 4-3-0 MPSF Pacific Division record, the 1999 Gauchos surpassed the conference victory total of UCSB's teams of the previuos three years. However, UCSB has been no slouch against Mountain Division competition either. Tim Vom Steeg's squad has posted a 4-1-0 mark against schools in the MPSF's other half thus far this season. The Gauchos have defeated Cal Poly, Denver, Sacramento State and Cal by a combined 8-1 score. UCSB's 2-0 loss to Stanford Saturday has been its only non-conference conference setback.
The Bottom Line: Gaucho Scoring Leaders
Points: Ambriz 16 (7, 2), Herrity 16 (7, 2), Martins 14 (6, 2), Dalgleish 8 (3, 2), Hubay-Dies 5 (2, 1), Waldrop 4 (2, 0), Sosa 4 (0, 4).