August 23, 2009

Cutler Shines, But Gauchos Drop Season-Opener at No. 22 Santa Clara, 2-0

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Aug. 23, 2009

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team opened its 2009 regular season on Sunday at Santa Clara, losing to the 22nd-ranked Broncos, 2-0.

The game was scoreless through the first 65 minutes, but Santa Clara got on the board at 65:50 Olivia Klei scored her first career goal after knocking in classmate Amanda Webster's pinpoint cross. Ten minutes later, Jordan Angeli made it 2-0 when she drove home a penalty kick after UCSB was whistled for a handball in the penalty box.

Santa Clara had the run of play in the first half, controlling most of the possesion and firing eight shots on Gaucho goalkeeper Ali Cutler, forcing her to make five saves, many of them point blank. Ten minutes into the match, Santa Clara Kiki Bosio found herself alone one-on-one with Cutler just eight yards out from the box, but was unable to finish as Cutler pushed her shot wide out for a corner kick.

At 29:39, junior Kendra Perry also had a good look on goal and launched a diving header in Cutler's direction, but Cutler got her hands on that ball as well.

With nearly a minute left to play in the half, the Gauchos put the ball in the net on a header past sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, but the goal was disallowed because of an offside ruling, ending the half scoreless.

Santa Clara prevented any shots from getting through to sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, as the netminder picked up her second shutout of the season. The Broncos launched 17 total shots in Cutler's direction, and the Gaucho keeper finished with eight saves.

The Gauchos (0-1) will remain on the road for two more contests next weekend. On Friday, Aug. 28, they travel to Reno, Nev., for a 7:00 p.m. contest with the University of Nevada. On Sunday, Aug. 30, UCSB will play at Sacramento State. The Gauchos will play their home opener on Thursday, Sept. 3 when they host powerful Michigan State, an NCAA Tournament team in 2008.

Tickets for all UCSB women's soccer games are available from the Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or on-line by clicking here.

Women's soccer fans, new this year, donations to The Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the "One Donation is Gold" system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

If you donate to women's soccer, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Gold Zone (priority/premium seats) at Harder Stadium for men's soccer, which includes priority parking and cushioned chair-backed seating. No longer will separate donations need to be made to secure priority seating to different UCSB sports. One donation, one fund: The Gaucho Fund.

Season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season are on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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