SAN DIEGO – The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team suffered a 3-1 Labor Day defeat at the hands of San Diego State on Monday night at the SDSU Sports Deck.
Via a 38th minute goal from sophomore forward Ignacio Tellechea, the Gauchos (0-2-2) were able to find the back of the net for this first time season and tie the game at 1-1, but the Aztecs (2-1-0) answered back with a pair of goals in the second half to cement the win.
The loss was just the second for UCSB against San Diego State since 1999, a span of 10 matches.
Tellechea's goal, the first career Division I score for the West Virginia Tech transfer, came with a little help from a fellow international sophomore forward: Noah Billingsley. On a break, Billingsley was able to maneuver down the right wing, then send in a perfectly timed cross to the left side of the pitch for Tellechea, who converted on his 1-v-1 chance by slotting into the left side of the net, completing the New Zealand-Spain connection.
SDSU's Winston Sorhaitz scored a goal after deftly handling a long ball over the top in the 57th minute to land a brace and the eventual game-winning goal.
Playing a man down, UCSB conceded a final goal to Thom Van den Berg in the 77th minute.
The Gauchos ended up outshooting the Aztecs 6-3 in the second stanza, but weren't able to put any of their attempts on net. The contest ended with an 11-8 shots advantage for the hosts.
UCSB will look to rebound on Saturday night as it hosts Akron at Harder Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.