SEATTLE, Wash. – No. 6 UC Santa Barbara used a season-high six goals to overcome Seattle University on Sunday afternoon at the Redhawks' Championship Field. Six different Gauchos scored as UCSB posted a 6-2 victory on the road.
With the win, Santa Barbara remains undefeated with a 5-0-1 record and has won its last four straight. Seattle falls to 1-4 on the year.
UCSB seemed to pick up where it left off on Friday evening at San Diego – where it scored three second-half goals on its way to a 3-0 victory – by opening the match against Seattle with three first-half goals.
With just 35 seconds remaining in the first half, junior Dom Sarle played a through ball into the box to Javier Castro, who was left unmarked. Castro ripped the ball from 10 yards out into the goal to put the Gauchos ahead, 3-0, heading into halftime.
The break did not slow the Gaucho onslaught. In the 58th minute, senior Machael David beat Seattle goalkeeper Jake Feener from 18-yards out with a shot to the near post. The goal, which was assisted by Sarle, marked the first of the season for David, who was playing in front of a hometown crowd.
UCSB capped its streak of 10 unanswered goals – dating back to last Friday's game against Valparaiso – with a strike from Sarle less than two minutes after David's goal.
Mathew Glodack fed a through ball to Sarle, who had penetrated into the box and slid the ball past the goalkeeper from 15-yards out. It marked the first goal of the season for Sarle, who had a stellar weekend after also tallying a trio of assists between the two road matches.
Seattle was able to post a pair of consecutive goals to avoid the shutout. In the 64th minute, Haddadi Hamza deflected a cross fro Miles Rodriguez-Nilsen into the Gaucho goal. Ten minutes later, Bello Enrique converted a penalty kick to cut the UCSB lead to 5-2.
The Gauchos would have the final say, however, when freshman Charlie Miller scored his first collegiate goal. In the 79th minute, Miller stole the ball 30 yards out from the goal, dribbled it up the right side of the field and let loose a shot from 10-yards out to bring the score to 6-2.
The six-goal output marked the most by the Gauchos since their 6-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 11, 2011. UCSB has had multiple goals in every game this season and in 14 of its last 15, dating back to the 2011 campaign.
In the win, UCSB out-shot Seattle 21-11 – 14-4 in shots-on-goal – and led in corner kicks, 12-3.
Sarle led UCSB with three shots, all on-frame, while Seattle's Miguel Gonzalez led all players with four shots.
Gaucho goalkeeper Austin Mansker made two saves for UCSB while Jake Feener had six for the Redhawks and reserve keeper Shane Haworth had two in the final 15 minutes of the match-up.
UCSB, which has played five of its six games this season on the road, will return to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Friday, Sept. 21 for a FOX Soccer Channel televised pairing against UCLA at 6 p.m. A record crowd is expected, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets prior to the game by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here.