September 7, 2008

UCSB, Ranked Seventh in Nation, Wins Third Straight, 3-1 Over LMU

Sept. 7, 2008

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - UC Santa Barbara scored twice in the final seven minutes to hand Loyola Marymount a 3-1 loss at Sullivan Field on Sunday. The Lions (1-1-2) got on the board first but the Gauchos (3-0-0) replied with three goals to dash the home team's upset hopes.

Senior forward Chris Pontius, on the Hermann Trophy watch list, scored his third goal of the young season, knotting up the game at 1-1 at 15:30. Junior Martin Hedevag and freshman Michael Tetteh added their first goals of the season late in the second half, Hedevag scoring at 82:36 and Tetteh following with his goal at 87:09.

Hedevag, a junior, scored on his first shot of the season - on an assist from Pontius - giving him three career goals at UCSB in four shots. Last year he scored only two goals on three shots all year long and Sunday's goal was Hedevag's first since Sept. 29 last season when he netted a shot during a 4-0 rout over UC Davis.

Tetteh added an insurance goal for his first collegiate goal in just his third career game. Tetteh, a freshman from Ghana, has started all three of the Gauchos' games.

LMU entered the game with one win and two ties against ranked teams this season and were looking to claim their highest-ranked pelt in the form of the Gauchos. Things started well for the Lions as the striking duo of senior Jawaan Delaney and freshman Kyle Johanson linked up to give the Lions the lead after 13 minutes. Senior Brad Stisser was also integral to the move, collecting the ball on the right flank and playing a pretty one-two with Delaney. Stisser then sent a low cross into the box, where Johanson was positioned to finish into the lower right corner for his first career goal.

LMU's lead would not last long, however, as the Gauchos were quick to strike back. Just two minutes after Johanson¹s opener, Gaucho leading scorer Chris Pontius latched onto a through-ball from Bryan Dominguez and lifted a chip past LMU freshman goalie Jack McCormack.

Johanson nearly gave the lead right back to the Lions two minutes later, beating UCSB keeper Trond Helge Takset, but his attempt was cleared off the line by a defender. The Lions had another golden chance in the 30th minute sophomore Rafael Baca's shot sailed wide and the teams went into the locker room knotted at one.

As the game wore on, the physical play increased with both sides battling hard for the ball. The teams looked to be heading to overtime before the Gauchos caught the Lions twice on counter-attacks to put the match away. In the 82nd minute, Pontius fed Hedevag from the right side, with Hedevag finishing past McCormack from 12 yards out.

With time ticking away and the Lions pressing forward for the equalizer, UCSB countered one more time. After a broken Lion attack, the Gauchos sent numbers forward on a four-on-two break. Tetteh carried the ball for a good 20 yards before unleashing a left-footed shot from 23 yards that found the lower right corner.

UCSB held a 15-12 shot advantage, forcing McCormack into four saves. Takset stopped two shots for the Gauchos.

For the second game in a row, the Gauchos had two players receive yellow cards. Senior Alfonso Motagalvan was handed his second yellow in as many matches and Tetteh was also given a yellow card after he scored his goal. Motagalvan was given a red card in UCSB's victory over Westmont as well, but didn't have to sit out because the game was merely an exhibition.

The Gauchos will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to face Rutgers on Friday in a game that kicks off at 4 p.m. PDT.

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