UCSB Battles to 1-0 Defeat at Fullerton

Beth Ritter (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Beth Ritter (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FULLERTON, Calif. – A depleted UC Santa Barbara team held Cal State Fullerton scoreless for most of the night, but the Titans scored a goal in the 88th minute to hand the Gauchos a tough Big West defeat on Sunday evening, 1-0. 

Nikki McCants scored on a rebound of a Beth Ritter punch-out after a corner kick from the Titans' Erica Mazeau, breaking a scoreless tie at the 87:35 mark of the game.

The goal was the first allowed by Ritter, who had a career-high 10 saves on the evening. As a team, UCSB had 11. On the flip side, Fullerton's Lindsay Maricic needed just one save on a shot from Lindsay Gankema, to post the shutout.

Santa Barbara is now 9-7-1 overall and 3-3-0 in the Big West. Fullerton improves to 7-5-4 overall and 2-2-1 in league play.

The Gauchos return home on Friday, Oct. 25 to host Cal Poly in a 7:00 p.m. match.  The contest will be UCSB's final home match of the year meaning that it will be the Senior Salute Match, and it will be another game in the Blue-Green Rivalry Series between UCSB and Cal Poly.

Tickets for the Gauchos and Mustangs can be purchased from the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, buy calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or on-line by clicking here.

Talk'n Gauchos in UCSB's weekly sports talk show on AM 1290 the Santa Barbara New-Press Radio Station. The show is aired every Tuesday night from 6-7pm. This week, the guests include Gaucho women's basketball coach Carlene Mitchell and men's basketball star Alan Williams.

Fans are encouraged to attend the show at the Beachside Bar Cafe on Goleta Beach.