Oct. 22, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara outshot visiting Pacific 26-7, but the Gauchos were unable to score a goal and were forced to settle for a 1-1 double-overtime tie with the Tigers. The tie extends UCSB's unbeaten string to five in a row and it clinches a spot in next month's four-team Big West Tournament.
The Gauchos (6-6-5 overall, 4-1-1 in the Big West) had several golden opportunities to score on the Tigers (10-5-2 overall, 2-5-1 in the Big West), none better than the one they had in the 95th-minute. Junior forward Genelle Ives drove down the right sideline and cut in near the end line. She beat a defender and crossed a ball into the box. Senior forward Allie Kueny, who entered the contest having scored a goal in four straight, one-timed the ball hard off of the crossbar. The ball went straight up and senior forward Chandi Bickford headed the rebound just over the bar.
UCSB had another outstanding chance in the second 10-minute overtime. In the 102nd-minute, sophomore midfielder Sami Svrcek beat a defender down the right side and hit a cross to freshman midfielder Sarah Stoltz. Stoltz cracked a shot that hit the crossbar and deflected behind the goal.
Pacific had few dangerous chances, but its most dangerous opportunity came early. In the second minute, forward Mandi Van Dorn beat a pair of UCSB defenders at the upper-left corner of the penalty box. Van Dorn hit a rocket that eluded the reach of Gaucho goalkeeper Katie Wright. The shot, however, skipped off the crossbar and into the stands.
Santa Barbara's defense was once again outstanding. The Gauchos, who have allowed just 14 goals in 17 matches this season, allowed only one shot on goal in 110 minutes, and that solo shot was stopped by Wright. UCSB, on the other hand, had 12 shots on goal, but Pacific goalkeeper Jaime Souza was up to the task as she made 11 saves. The Tigers also had one team save.
The Gauchos' 4-1-1 record in Big West play is good for 13 points and it puts them out of reach of fifth-place Cal State Northridge. Santa Barbara will play its final home game on Thursday, Oct. 26, when it hosts St. Mary's College in a non-conference match that will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. The match against the Gaels will be the final home appearance for several UCSB seniors. The Gauchos conclude the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 29, when they travel to Cal Poly for a pivotal league match.