Aug. 27, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After battling to a 1-1 tie in regulation time with the UCSB men's soccer team, the Mexico U-20 National Team outshot the Gauchos, 3-1, in a penalty kick shootout on Friday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in front of a crowd of 4,188. The exhibition was the Gauchos' final tune-up before they officially open the 2010 season on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Cal State Bakersfield.
It was in the 31st minute when the Gauchos first got on the board. Luis Silva tapped the ball on a free kick to a waiting Michael Tetteh, who scored from 20 yards out on a shot to the low right hand side of the goal, beating Mexico goalkeeper Jose Romero as he dove for the ball.
Just 11 minutes later, Mexico found itself in a four-on-three counter. David Ramirez took a shot from inside the area that was blocked by Gaucho goalkeeper Sam Hayden. Unfortunately, Alan Izaguirre was able to collect the rebound and shoot the ball high into the UCSB goal from just 10 feet out for the equalizer.
With the game locked at one-all, both offenses cooled off in the second half with the teams combining for just five shots - 4-1 in favor of Mexico - compared to the 11 shots recorded in the first half. As both squads seemed to tire, the game became more contentious. In all, 11 yellow cards and two reds were issued during the match and the Gauchos received six of their yellows in the second half.
After regulation time ended the score was still deadlocked 1-1, sending the game into a penalty kick shootout.
Marvin Polanco of Mexico led-off and his shot just missed, hitting the left post. Barrera took the first kick for the Gauchos and shot to the right side of the goal, but Romero was able to make the save, preventing his team from falling behind early. Erick Franco followed, shooting to the right while Hayden went left to score Mexico's first PK.
Christian Ramirez tied things up as he beat Romero to the left side of the goal. That's where the Gauchos' luck ended. Mexico's Ricardo Castillo and Cesar Jimenez each scored, as James Kiffe and Fifi Baiden were unable to convert their kicks, giving Mexico the 3-1 shootout win.
Wednesday's pairing with Bakersfield will mark the official start of the 2010 UCSB men's soccer season. First touch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Roadrunners' Main Soccer Field. The Gauchos' next home match is on Tuesday, Sept. 7 against Creighton at 7 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2010 soccer season are still available. All season ticket packages include tickets for the 2010 Men's College Cup, which is being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Individual season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men's and women's regular season games and one 2010 Men's College Cup all-session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.
If you would like to purchase your tickets for the 2010 soccer season, or for more information, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.