Gauchos Lose OT Heartbreaker to No. 19 UC Irvine, 2-1

Oct. 10, 2010

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara and 19th-ranked UC Irvine played 109 minutes of soccer on Sunday afternoon and in the end, it took the Anteaters just a split second to break the Gauchos' hearts.

With the score tied at 1-1 late in the second 10 minute overtime period, UCI's Tanya Taylor dribbled down the right side of the penalty box, cut left and passed the through traffic directly in front of the goal. Alexis Rafael received Taylor's pass and one-time a shot into the back of the net to give her team a 2-1 win at the 109:00 mark.

UCSB (6-6-2 overall, 2-2 in the Big West) and UCI (12-1-2 overall, 4-0-0 in the Big West) had been locked in a defensive struggle for the first 100 minutes, but the Anteaters turned up the pressure in the second 10-minute overtime with five shots, three of which were on frame. Until the game-winning goal, however, the Gauchos were up to the task. Freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry had a pair of spectacular saves in the 106th minute and finished with six overall.

"If you look at the stats, they are a little better than we are," said UCSB head coach Paul Stumpf of Irvine's 17-7 advantage in shots overall and 10-3 in shots on goal. "The good news is that we were pressing in the game. We were continuing to put players forward and knew we were gong to be exposed. But the problem was, when you chase as much as we did, sooner or later you are going to run out of gas, and that's we did."

UCSB scored the first goal of the game. At the 24:58 mark, forward Erin Ortega was pulled down in the penalty box on an attack. The Gauchos were awarded a penalty kick and forward Kailyn Kugler converted. It was the senior's fifth goal of the season and the fifth she has scored in her last six appearances. It was also the 27th of Kugler's career and it pulled her into a tie for seventh with All-American Laurie Hill on Santa Barbara's all-time list.

The Anteaters tied the score in the 40th minute. Defender Nikki Forrest played a long-ball through the UCSB defense to midfielder Zuri Walker. Walker settled the ball, took a couple of dribbles and then blasted a shot from near to the upper-left of the box over a leaping Henry.

"I'm encouraged by the effort," Stumpf said. "We didn't see the same intensity and effort in Long Beach (a 3-1 Gaucho loss). I was wondering if we could put two games together on the weekend. The good news is that we can."

Santa Barbara remains at home for its next three matches. On Friday, Oct. 15, the Gauchos host UC Davis in another Big West showdown at 5:00 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The game against the Aggies will be the first game of a doubleheader. The UCSB men will play nationally-ranked Duke in a Fox Soccer Channel game at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here >.

Season tickets for UCSB basketball are on sale now and the deadline to renew has been extended to Oct. 15.

Men's season tickets start for as low as $125 and women's for as low as $100. A special "Double-up" combo plan is available for $200 and includes tickets for every men's and women's game. Gold Zone tickets, which include special Founders Room at the Thunderdome events, require a $300 per seat donation to the Gaucho Fund in addition to the cost of the season ticket. Gold Zone season ticket holders also receive complimentary parking and entrance to the Gold Hospitality Room pregame and halftime.

With the One Donation is Gold program, all current season ticket holders in the Gold Zone for soccer have made the required donations for basketball and need only to pay for the cost of the basketball season ticket.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.

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

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