Hard-Luck Gauchos Blanked by Big West Frontrunner Long Beach State, 1-0
Oct. 6, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara played Big West frontrunner Long Beach State to a standstill through more than 70 minutes, but in the 73rd-minute the visiting 49ers (11-2-0 overall, 3-0-0 in the Big West) scored the only goal of the match to extend the hard-luck Gauchos' (2-6-4 overall, 0-1-0 in the Big West) winless streak to six in a row, 1-0.
Long Beach tallied the only goal of the match at 72:26 in the second half. Sahar Haghdan chipped a pass into the 49ers' offensive end whre it was collected at the right upper corner of the penalty box by Dana Farquhar. Farquhar shifted the ball from her right foot to her left foot, beat a UCSB defender down the right side and hit a cross to Kim Silos about 10 yards on from the left post. Silos settled the ball and then slid a shot into the right corner, past Gaucho goalkeeper Katie Wright. The goal was the fifth of the season for Silos.
Santa Barbara continued to battle and actually had a chance to tie the score in the final minute as Sami Svrcek hit a perfect corner kick from the left side. The ball caromed around, right in front of Long Beach goalkeeper Liz Ramos, but the best shot, by Gaucho forward Michelle Russell, couldn't makes it way through the traffic in the goal mouth and the ball was cleared by the 49er defenders.
UCSB also had a golden opportunity in the 67th-minute when Darci Gwartz hit a streaking Allie Kueny up the middle. Kueny drove a shot into the center of the net for what appeared to be her first goal of the season. The officials, however, whistled Kueny for offsides, negating the score.
The Gauchos defense and goalkeeper Wright once again kept their team in the match. Wright had four saves and was strong off her line defending crosses all night. UCSB outshot Long Beach State 11-8, but the 49ers had five on-frame to the Gauchos three. Ramos had three goalie saves for her team.
Santa Barbara, which has had offensive problems all season, was shutout for the sixth time. The Gauchos have now scored just 10 goals in 12 matches.
UCSB returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 8, when it hosts UC Irvine in a 1:00 p.m. Big West match. The match was originally scheduled for 5:00 p.m. but was moved to 1:00 p.m. three weeks ago.