Aug. 27, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team got off on the right foot Friday evening and with the exception of one hiccup, they only got better in a 5-1 win over visiting Saint Joseph's.
"That was fun to watch," said UCSB head coach Paul Stumpf. "Especially after we scored our second goal to take the 2-1 lead."
Junior forward Alissa Sanchez gave the Gauchos (3-0) a 1-0 lead over the Hawks (0-1) just 1:04 into the match. Sanchez drove down the right sideline, cut in and scored from 10 yards out into the far post. Her second goal of the season was unassisted.
St. Joeseph's didn't take long to tie the score. In the seventh minute, midfielder Maggie Lupinski slid the ball through traffic in front of the goal to forward Mo Hawkins. Hawkins tucked the ball just inside the left post, past UCSB freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry.
The score remained 1-1 for much of the first half, but sophomore midfielder Erin Ortega scored two goals in the final 9:33 to give the Gauchos a 3-1 halftime lead. Ortega's first goal came at 35:27 when she took a through-ball from freshman midfielder Erica Shelton and beat Hawks' goalkeeper Christine Neal with shot inside the right post. Just 5:22 later, at 40:59, Ortega claimed a loose ball and scored on a powerful shot into the upper left part of the goal from about 22 yards out.
Shelton scored her first career goal at 50:02 when she took a pass from senior midfielder Jacqui Simon just inside the top of the box and lifted a high shot over Neal to give Santa Barbara a 4-1 lead.
The Gauchos scored their final goal on a set piece in the 71st minute. Senior Jessie Edmonds launched a corner kick to Kylie McDonald about five yards in front of the goal. McDonald collected the corner and shoved the ball straight in.
Despite giving up a goal, UCSB dominated the match, outshooting Saint Joseph's 27-5 overall and 13-3 in terms of shots on goal. Henry had one save in picking up her third win. She was replaced by Taylor Gonzalez in the 55th minute. Gonzalez, in turn, was replaced by Kat Serdio in the 81st minute. In all, the Gauchos used 26 players.
"I thought coming out of our Blue-Gold scrimmage that we had two pretty good soccer teams and tonight we showed it," Stumpf said. "Our subs were fresh and really kept on dominating. They got quality minutes and took advantage of it."
Saint Joseh's Neal, who was peppered by shots all game long, had six saves. Her replacement Lauren Jancuska, who entered the contest with 12:33 left, had two saves.
UCSB, which is 3-0 for the first time since 1993, has now outscored its first three opponents by a 9-1 count and outshot them 55-13.
The Gauchos will play their first road game of the season on Sunday, Aug. 29 when it travels to the University of San Francisco for a 1:00 p.m. match at Negoesco Field. The game against San Francisco will start a five-game road stretch for the Gauchos who will not return home until Friday, Sept. 17 when they host Weber State in a 7:00 p.m. match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho men's soccer season are on remain on sale and this year's packages include tickets for the 2010 College Cup, being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one College Cup All Session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.
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