Aug. 26, 2005
FRESNO, Calif. - In its opener at Fresno State on Friday night, the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team had to overcome the loss of the program's third-leading scorer and several other key players.
Thanks to some freshmen, it did.
Just 1:12 into the match, freshman forward Genelle Ives (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) intercepted an errant FSU pass in the goal box and floated a shot over Bulldog goalkeeper Jeannette Paine to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 lead lasted until the 40th minute when sophomore defender Jessie Steinberg struck a pass in front of the Fresno goal and freshman forward Michelle Russell (San Diego, Calif./University City HS) punched a header past the outstretched arms of Paine. UCSB took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Bulldogs cut the Gauchos' lead in half at the 68:24 mark when Cortney Sobrero corralled a pass from Kortney Lewis and fired a shot past UCSB's Jamie Considine.
The Gauchos tightened the defense the rest of the way. Considine finished with three saves in the win. FSU's goalkeepers, Paine and Angie Larsen, did not record a save. Santa Barbara was outshot 9-3.
UCSB is 1-0-0 on the year. Fresno State is 0-1-1. The win was the Gauchos' first in six matches against the Bulldogs. Since losing four consecutive season-openers, the Gauchos have won the last two.
Santa Barbara returns home on Sunday, August 28, 2005, when it hosts 28th-ranked Central Florida at 1:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.