August 28, 2011

Slow Start Costly as Gauchos Drop 1-0 Decision to Minnesota

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara-Minnesota women's soccer match had an early start time on Sunday in Santa Barbara.  The game kicked-off at 11:30 a.m., but the Gauchos didn't really get started until the second half. 

The Golden Gophers (2-2-0) scored the only goal of the match at the 25:49 mark when Nicole Baier made a nice run in the box and curled a perfect feed to Taylor Uhl who shoved a shot to the left post, past UCSB (1-2-1) goalkeeper Makenna Henry.

Minnesota had a number of chances to score in the in the first half, but the Gauchos came up with five saves, four by Henry and one by freshman Kelly McGrath who cleared a shot off the goal line.   In all, the Golden Gophers outshot UCSB in the first 45 minutes, 11-0.

"I'm obviously disappointed in the result," said Gaucho head coach Paul Stumpf.  "It didn't start very well.  Luckily for us our goalkeeper had a good day, otherwise we would have been down by a few more."

Although outshot 7-6, the second half was much more evenly contested. 

"From the beginning of the second half we had many more opportunities," Stumpf said.  "We had some really good looks at the goal.  I think we have to maximize those looks a little more and work on finishing."

Defensively, the Gauchos played another solid game.

"We've given up one goal a game," Stumpf said.  "Over the course of 90 minutes, we need to be able to score a goal."

UCSB did test Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill in the second half, but she came up with three saves to keep her shutout in tact.  Parkhill made a pair of saves on Gaucho forward Dyanne Anderson and one on Danika Johnson.

Henry finished with five saves for UCSB, which in the end was outshot 18-6.

The Gauchos remain at home for its next two matches.  On Friday, Sept. 2, they will host Fresno State in a 7:00 p.m. match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Tickets are available from the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or online by clicking here.