Head coach Tim Vom Steeg touted the depth of his 2011 squad when he previewed the season earlier this week. When the Gauchos stepped on the field Saturday for their season-opening exhibition against cross town foe Westmont, they backed the talk up with a 6-1 blowout at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Santa Barbara squeezed in its remaining three goals in the last 10:30 of the game. Junior Michael Nonni helped Waid Ibrahim get in on the action when he raced past a pair of defenders and then crossed the ball into the box where the senior headed it in.
UCSB will officially open the 2011 season next Saturday, Aug. 26 when it hosts Seattle University at 7 pm at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.