Sept. 1, 2010
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - After battling through 96 scoreless minutes, Cal State Bakersfield (1-0-0) scored a golden goal in overtime to defeat visiting UC Santa Barbara (0-1-0) in both team's 2010 season opener on Wednesday at the Roadrunners' Main Soccer Field.
In the 97th minute, Alberto Navarro took a free kick from midfield for Bakersfield. Gyasi Zardes deflected the ball to himself and kicked the winning shot into the lower right corner of the Gaucho goal to capture the victory.
UCSB controlled the tempo in the first half, out-shooting the Roadrunners 10-2 during the period with five shots coming on goal.
In the 26th minute, junior midfielder Luis Silva sent a ball in that was headed by junior defender Evan McNeil. Sophomore Michael Nonni collected the rebound, but Bakersfield goalkeeper Eric Shannon blocked the shot from point-blank range.
Just a few minutes later, freshman David Opoku fed the ball to junior Michael Tetteh whose shot from inside the area was blocked by Shannon. In the ensuing minutes, junior Chris Hunter and sophomore Sam Garza each fired shots on Shannon, but neither was converted, as the game remained scoreless.
The Gauchos got another opportunity in the final 10 seconds of the half when sophomore Machael David shot the ball to his opposite side, but Shannon made the diving save to keep UCSB off the scoreboard.
UCSB kept its momentum going in the second half and in the 54th minute, Garza gained possession of the ball and went streaking down the right side. He beat his defender and cut towards the middle of the field where he crossed the ball between two defenders to a waiting Nonni. The forward took another shot from point-blank range, but Shannon came up with the save.
Less than five minutes later, Bakersfield had a great opportunity to get on the board when Peter Carlson fed the ball to Ernesto Hinojosa who shot to the inside near post. Senior goalkeeper Sam Hayden dove for the ball and was able to deflect it out of bounds.
From that point, the match become somewhat disjointed as neither team was able to control possession for long. Bakersfield was able to out-shoot the Gauchos 7-5 in the second half with four of its shots coming on goal.
The Gauchos did, however, have two great opportunities late in the half. In the 81st minute, David fed the ball to junior Danny Barrera in the area, but his shot to the low right hand side of the goal hit the post. A couple minutes later, Luis Silva flicked the ball to Garza, who then sent it to Christian Ramirez but Shannon once again came up big, making a diving save.
Shannon was impressive in the goal for the Roadrunners, making eight saves in the win. Hayden tallied five saves in the loss, one shy of his career-high.
The Gauchos will be in action again on Saturday when they play at New Mexico. UCSB will return to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium for its 2010 home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 7 when the Gauchos host Creighton in a 7 p.m. match.
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.