October 11, 2011
No. 12 Gauchos Cruise Past Fullerton, 6-0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – No. 12 UC Santa
Barbara scored six times on Tuesday night as the Gauchos defeated
visiting Cal State Fullerton, 6-0, at Meredith Field at Harder
Stadium. Senior Luis Silva
and sophomore David
Opoku each scored twice to lead UCSB to its third-straight
With the win, UCSB improves to 9-3-1 on the season and 2-2 in
Big West play. The Titans, meanwhile, fall to 6-4-2 and 0-3 in
Junior Sam Garza
got the ball rolling for the Gauchos when he scored his second goal
in as many games in the 16th
minute. Silva started the
play by feeding the ball over the top of Dom Sarle
who tapped the ball to Garza from the 18-yard line. Garza quickly
shot the ball to the lower left corner of the Titan goal.
Garza and Sarle nearly combined for a second goal in the
33rd minute when Sarle fed the ball to Garza on a
breakaway. The junior beat his defender and shot the right side,
but goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon made the stop to keep Garza's goal
count at one.
Just six minutes later, UCSB got its second goal. Silva took a
free kick on the right side of the field from 40 yards out. He
fired the ball towards the goal and it was deflected by a Titan
defender before finding the back of the goal to put the Gauchos up,
It turned out that the first half was just a warm-up for
– who made several good runs to open the
period – scored his first goal of the season in the
sent a beautiful cross from the left side to Madueno on
the right post. The junior tapped the ball in, stretching the
Gaucho lead to three goals.
Less than three minutes later, Silva beat his defender on the
left side, cut into the box and crossed the ball to Opoku, who
deflected it in for his first of two goals.
The Gaucho onslaught continued with Silva's second strike in the
74th minute. Fifi
Baiden passed the ball from behind the midfield line to Silva,
who was 25-yards out from the goal. The midfielder chipped the ball
over Whiddon – who was off his line – and into the
The hits just kept coming for Fullerton, which was called for
a handball in the box when a Titan defender blocked a cross by Gaby
in the 81st
minute. Opoku lined up to take the
shot and sent the ball towards the high right corner, but
fortunately for Fullerton Whiddon made an impressive save and
tipped the ball out of bounds.
Opoku would not be denied his second goal though. In the
87th minute, he received a pass on the ground from Kiffe
and once again shot to the high right corner of the goal to put
UCSB up, 6-0.
This marked the second time this season that the Gauchos have
scored six goals in a game; they had a half dozen in their
season-opening exhibition against Westmont. The last time UCSB
tallied six goals in a regular season game was against Northwestern
on Sept. 9, 2005.
Silva – who paired two goals with two assists –
led all players with five shots. Oscar Aguero led the Titan
offensive effort with four shots and one of the team's three shots
made three saves on his way to his sixth shutout of the
season. Whiddon made four saves for Fullerton.
UCSB will continue Big West action at Cal Poly on Friday night.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. If you
can't make the trek to the game, tune into KZSB 1290 AM for all of
the action or listen online by clicking here