Sept. 10, 2004
Storrs, Conn. -
Off to the third-best start in school history, the 12th ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos improved to 3-0 on the year with a 2-0 victory over No. 21 Seton Hall to open the UConn Husky Classic. Senior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made four saves on the day to post his third consecutive shutout win to start season, setting a new Gaucho team and individual record.
Junior forward Bryan Byrne netted his first-career goal for what proved to be the game-winner in the 23rd minute off of a through pass from freshman Andrew Proctor. Byrne might want to consider moving to the East Coast as his only other career point came last season against NC State in the form of a game-winning assist.
The Gauchos made it 2-0 just as the second half started when freshman midfielder Tyler Rosenlund took a Pat Scott feed and slid the shot past Pirate goalkeeper Boris Pardo. With Rosenlund's first-career tally he became to fourth different player to score a goal this season. The assist was also the first of Scott's career.
As time dwindled down the match became more and more physical with both teams combining for 20 fouls and four yellow cards in the second half. But the Gauchos held on and Kennedy made a late save in the 87th minute extending his regular season scoreless streak 499:14 minutes.
As a team Santa Barbara rang up a total of 12 shots and two goals against a Seton Hall team that had only given up an average of 8.3 shots per game and had a team goals against average of 0.31 through its first three matches. On the flip side, the Gauchos' stellar defense limited a Pirates offense that had been averaging 24.0 shots and 2.17 goals per game to just ten shots and no goals.
With it's third consecutive win to start the year ties the 2004 squad with UCSB's teams from 1979 and 1985 for the third best start in program history. The number two spot is a ways off at eight straight, achieved by the team in 2002.
The Gauchos look to improve to 4-0 on the year when they face tournament host and 30th ranked Connecticut tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. EST.