Oct. 26, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara forward Genelle Ives scored a late goal Thursday night to deadlock the Gauchos' match against St. Mary's, 1-1. Neither team could muster a goal during the remainder of regulation or overtime and they settled for the tie. The draw extends UCSB's unbeaten streak to six in a row.
The Gaels (3-11-4) took a 1-0 lead over the Gauchos (6-6-6) at the 69:02 mark when forward Nikki Schrey beat a pair of UCSB defenders and drove down the right side of the penalty box. Schrey crossed a pass to the streaking Kira Copinga who one-timed a shot past Gaucho goalkeeper Tammy Lenham. The shot was just one of three shots on goal for St. Mary's all night.
UCSB had a handful of opportunities to score the equalizer, but did not convert until 87:04. Senior forward Chandi Bickford, one of four Gauchos playing their final match at Harder Stadium on Thursday, streaked down the right sideline. Bickford cut left and beat a Gael defender near the end line, sending a low cross in front of the goal-mouth. Ives, a sophomore was there to finish as she placed a shot to the right of St. Mary's goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich. The goals was the sixth of the season for Ives and the assist was Bickford's seventh.
The teams played the final 2:56 of regulation and all 20 minutes of the overtime without scoring a goal. UCSB had a couple of solid opportunities, but could not put one home to break the stalemate.
The Gauchos collected 27 shots in the match, six of which were on goal. The Gaels had just nine shots, three on goal. In its last two contests, UCSB has outshot the opposition 53-16 overall and 18-4 in shots on goal. During its six-match unbeaten string, a span of 580 minutes, Santa Barbara has allowed just two goals.
The Gauchos will complete the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 29, when they travel to Cal Poly for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Mustangs. With a win or a tie, UCSB will secure the second-seed in the Big West Tournament, which will be played at Long Beach State on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. The Gauchos can finish no lower than third and they will play either Cal Poly or Cal State Fullerton in the 11:00 a.m. match on the first day of the tourney. Long Beach State is the top-seed and will play at 1:30 p.m.