Gauchos Blast UC Irvine 4-0; Secure First Round Home Match in Big West Tournament

Gauchos Blast UC Irvine 4-0; Secure First Round Home Match in Big West Tournament

Nov. 2, 2008

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team entered Sunday night's regular season Big West Conference finale against UC Irvine needing a win to secure second-place and a home game in the first round of the league's tournament. The Gauchos didn't leave anything for chance as they scored three first-half goals and finished with an easy 4-0 win. They will host third-place Cal Poly on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.

UCSB (12-6-1, 5-2-1) took at 1-0 lead on UCI (8-9-2, 2-4-2) at 22:59 when sophomore Kylie McDonald drove the ball to the left end line and rifled a pass across the box, in front of the goal, where sophomore Jacqui Simon one-timed a shot past Anteater goalkeeper Erin Henry. The score gave was Simon's sixth of the season and it gave the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.

About 15 minutes later, at 37:29, freshman mifielder Katy Roby scored her second goal of the season. She blasted a shot from the top right side of the penalty box, about 20 yards out. Roby's goal was assisted by Genelle Ives and Nicole Romanowski.

Less than four minutes after Roby's goal, UCSB scored again.

McDonald made a tremendous individual effort. She took a pass on the left side, maneuvered through three defenders, danced for a moment, and then crushed a shot that went past Henry, into the right side of the goal to give the Gauchos a 3-0 edge. The score was unassisted.

UCSB scored its final goal at 57:05. Sophomore Kailyn Kugler took a pass from Simon in front of the Irvine goal. Kugler right-footed a shot at Henry, but it was blocked. Kugler followed-up her shot with a rebound shot that eluded the Anteater 'keeper and gave the Gauchos their final 4-0 lead.

Santa Barbara will host Cal Poly on Thursday, Nov. 6 in Harder Stadium. The Gauchos have already beaten the Mustangs this season, 4-2, in a Big West Conference match.

Tickets for the UCSB-Cal Poly showdown are available at the Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or by clicking /a> title of link here.