Gauchos Score Late to Complete Season on a Winning Note, Keep Cal Poly Out of Big West Tournament
Oct. 28, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman forward Genelle Ives scored a goal in the 85th-minute and senior goalkeeper Jamie Considine, playing her final match as a Gaucho, recorded the 26th shutout of her career, to lead UC Santa Barbara past Cal Poly, 1-0. The win by the Gauchos prevents their Central Coast rivals from qualifying for the Big West Tournament.
UCSB, which didn't get many dangerous scoring opportunities, took advantage of its most dangerous of the night.
With just over five minutes remaining in the match, junior forward Allie Kueny drew a corner kick when she knocked a ball off of the leg of a Cal Poly defender and over the right end line. Kueny took the corner and hit it short, but somehow the ball bounced and rolled through traffic, entering the box one the right side and finding Ives on the left side, wide of the far post. Ives one-timed a shot inside the left post, past Mustang goalkeeper Liz Hill who was scrambling to her right trying to make the play. The goal was scored at the 85:05 mark.
Santa Barbara played keep-away for the final 4:55, driving the ball deep at every opportunity.
Considine led an outstanding defensive effort for the Gauchos. She made six saves on the evening, including four in the second half. One of her saves came in the 80th-minute when she stopped Cal Poly's All-Big West forward Shannon Day from point blank range. Considine also played an aggressive match in goal coming off of her line to squelch several shots. Hill had two saves for Cal Poly.
In addition to the outstanding effort from Considine, UCSB received a stellar performance from its only other senior, defender Katie Cooper. The Cooper-led Gaucho defense allowed just 11 shots overall, six on frame.
The win by UCSB was its first in five years against Cal Poly. The loss knocks the Mustangs (10-5-4 overall, 2-4-1 in the Big West) out of Big West Tournament contention. The Gauchos finish the season at 9-10-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Big West. They also finish the campaign with a two-match winning streak.