UC Davis Tops Gauchos in Battle for First Place

Derek Kryzda (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Derek Kryzda (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Entering Saturday night's match with a one point lead over UC Davis in the Big West North Division standings, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team surrendered its top spot as the Aggies handed the Gauchos their worst home loss since 1998 with a 5-0 rout at Harder Stadium.

UCSB drops to 6-6-4 overall and 4-2-2 in conference play, but it was not all bad news as the Gauchos clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament. The top three teams from each division qualify for the conference tournament and thanks to a Sacramento State victory over Cal Poly earlier in the afternoon, the Mustangs were eliminated, guaranteeing UCSB one of the top three spots. Seeding will be determined over the course of the next week as two games from each team remain.

After a 3-0 victory over the Gauchos last week, UC Davis continued its torrid play against UCSB and jumped out to a 3-0 lead by halftime.

Adam Mickelson scored the first of his two goals on the evening to get the scoring started in the 8th minute. The Aggies forward fielded a pass from Greg Salazar and turned and fired with his left foot to the top right corner of the goal, just passed the outstretched arms of UCSB keeper Alan Carrillo.

In the 33rd minute, a UC Davis cross was deflected to the foot of Matt Baringer, who scored a similar looking goal to the first to put the Aggies ahead 2-0.

Just before the half in the 42nd minute, Onah Power found Kyle Higgins, who juked to his right and fired back across his body into the goal.

In the second half, UC Davis tacked on two more to put the game out of reach.

UCSB was outshot 12-5 by the Aggies and managed just two shots on goal, both by Seo-In Kim.

The Gauchos will host their final regular season home match this Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. against Sacramento State in another key matchup.  

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