Late Goal Helps UCSB Salvage 1-1 Tie at Cal State Bakersfield

Erica Shelton (Photo by Tony Mastres)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - For the second straight match, sophomore Erica Shelton scored a goal, helping UC Santa Barbara salvage a 1-1 tie at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday evening.

Shelton's goal came at the 76:22 mark and was scored, unassisted, off of a direct free kick that rifled into the top left corner of the goal.  Not only was it her second score in as many games, it was her second of the season.

The Gauchos (5-5-2) were riding a two-game winning streak entering the contest against the Roadrunners (2-6-1), but were put on the defensive almost immediately.

Just 20 seconds after kickoff, Daisy Vazquez cracked a cross in front of the UCSB goal.  Bakersfield forward Emily Noethe leaped up and headed the ball in, past goalkeeper Makenna Henry giving her team a 1-0 lead until Shelton's score in the 77th minute.

Neither team could breakthrough in the two overtime periods.  The Roadrunners outshot the Gauchos in the extra periods, 3-1, but UCSB had three corner kicks.
 
For the match, Santa Barbara had a 14-8 edge in shots, including a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.  Henry had a pair of saves for the Gauchos while Kym Gause had six for the Roadrunners.

UCSB will take a season-long three-game unbeaten string into its Big West Conference opener against Long Beach State on Friday, Sept. 30.  The Gauchos and 49ers will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

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