Gauchos Felled by OT Goal in 2-1 Loss to Stanford
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Senior defender Peter Schmetz scored his first goal since his sophomore year and the Gauchos rode second half possession dominance to a 12-8 shot advantage against visiting Stanford on Friday night, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinal converted a 95th minute chance into a 2-1 golden goal win in front of 7,750 fans at Harder Stadium.
The game winning goal came from freshman forward Jordan Morris. With numbers in the box, Stanford (5-1-1) midfielder Aaron Kovar attempted to play a ball off the outside of his foot into the box, but his pass attempt deflected off UCSB (4-4-0) freshman Drew Murphy. The carom came right to Morris, who one touched a shot from 25 yards out into the right side of the net to extend the Cardinal's win streak to five games.
Morris scored the opening goal of the game as well, linking up with Kovar once again. After winning a free kick deep in Gauchos territory in the 31st minute, Kovar stepped up to take a free kick to UCSB keeper Josh McNeely's left. He whipped a ball into the box that found Morris, who headed to the near post to put Stanford up 1-0.
The Gauchos rebounded strongly in the second half, outshooting Stanford 7-3 for the period with four shots on goal and another three corner kicks.
A result of the Gauchos' improved play in the second half, their only goal of the game came in the 53rd minute. Sophomore forward Charlie Miller started the action by playing a long ball into the box from around the halfway line. Waiting for the pass was freshman midfielder Paul Ehmann, who lightly volleyed the ball off his right foot to Schmetz, who one-timed past the keeper with a left footed strike for his first goal of the season and second of his career.
UCSB continued to produce dangerous chances in the second half, including a Paul Ehmann shot that deflected and hit the left post. However, Stanford was able to weather the storm via a trio of saves from keeper Drew Hutchins and take the match into overtime.
UCSB got the first chance of the extra period when Achille Campion got his head on a cross, but Hutchins had little trouble stopping the attempt.
Just moments later in the 95th minute, Stanford would produce the golden goal.
Senior forward Goffin Boyoko was a catalyst on offense, registering a team-high three shots. Keeper Josh McNeely made two saves on the night.
UCSB will wrap up their nonconference schedule with a home matchup against Loyola Marymount on Sunday evening. The start time for that match has been pushed back to 6:00 p.m. Also on Sunday night will be UCSB's Hispanic Heritage Night, featuring a special pregame ceremony with the mayor of Goleta as well as Spanish music, commemorative posters, and participation from local business partners and organizations. For tickets to that match, and all matches for the rest of the season, call 805.893.UCSB, visit the ticket office at the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus, or visit UCSBgauchos.com.