SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Freshman Dylan Lewis scored her second goal in as many matches and senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese saved a second half penalty kick as UC Santa Barbara opened Big West Conference play with a 1-0 win over visiting Long Beach State on Sunday afternoon.
The Gauchos (5-3-3, 1-0-0) scored the only goal of the match at the 13:26 mark in the first half when Shaelan Murison cracked a long cross from about 10 yards in from the left sideline. Lewis was stationed inside the goal box where she settled the ball and put a left-footed shot past a scrambling Marta Alemany-Sanchez.
Long Beach (3-8-0, 1-1-0) had a handful of threats but only two shots to show for its efforts in the first half.
The visitors nearly broke through in the 53rd minute when UCSB committed a foul in front of the goal, giving LBSU a penalty kick.
Kaylee Ramirez, who was chosen to take the PK, tried to slide the ball to DeWeese's right, but DeWeese dove in that direction and deflected it wide right. It was her second save of a penalty kick this season as she also saved one in a 1-0 loss to top-ranked Stanford.
"Goff (Associate Head Coach Goffin Boyoko) talked about it in film that number 24 (Ramirez) is left-footed and likes to go to the left with the shot. I just kind of threw my body at it and it ended up working out, which was awesome."
UCSB had a 12-6 advantage in overall shots, including a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. Overall, the Gauchos outplayed the team picked by the coaches to win the league title, particularly in the first half.
"There was a lot to like about today's game," said head coach Paul Stumpf. "A shutout, beating the reigning Big West league and tournament champion, doing it a little undermanned. No Christine Maurer, Emma Vanderyden and no Lynsee Voss. A number of players who normally don't get a ton of minutes had to step and did very well. I think we defended well. Other than the penalty kick I don't think we got broken down a ton. I don't think our goalkeeper made a lot of saves."
Murison finished with a team-high four shots, while Lewis had three. No player had more than two for Long Beach. DeWeese had two saves for UCSB while Alemany-Sanchez had three for LBSU.
The Gauchos will hit the road for its next two matches, traveling to UC Davis for a Thursday, Oct. 10 match. They will then take eight days off before travel to CSUN on Oct. 18. They return home on Sunday, Oct. 20 for a 1:00 p.m. contest against Cal Poly.