Sept. 15, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Head coach Tim Vom Steeg got another outstanding performance from his defense and Junior forward Andrew Proctor scored his first goal of the season lifting the No. 14 UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount Friday night at Harder Stadium. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Reynish made two key saves late in the match to preserve the victory for the Gauchos.
With the win, UCSB snapped an eight-game losing streak to LMU and improved to 4-2-0 overall this year. The Lions, who have now lost two straight, head home with a 3-3-0 mark.
The Gauchos' last win in the series came back in 1995, when they defeated the Lions by a 5-0 margin in Los Angeles.
" We won a hard fought game tonight," Vom Steeg said after registering his first-career win over Loyola Marymount. "It seems as though every time we play these guys, the outcome could go either way and tonight it was our turn."
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie at halftime, with UCSB holding a 5-3 shot advantage. Junior forward Tino Nuñez had two good looks inside the box in the opening period, but his bicycle kick sailed left and Loyola Marymount keeper Robert Flores made an impressive save on his rocket from about 12 yards out.
The second half started much the same way, with neither team able to get anything going offensively for the first 40 minutes until the Gauchos finally broke through at the 83:52 mark. Dribbling down the left side of the field, senior defender Jeff Murphy crossed the midfield stripe and fed Proctor going to his left just outside the box. Proctor then crossed over, shaking a Lion defender and, one-on-one with Flores, fired from the left hand corner of the box from about 15 yards out for the goal and the 1-0 lead.
LMU wasted no time attempting to respond. Less than three minutes after UCSB took the lead, the Lions answered with two chances to score the equalizer. Midfielder Diego Souza fired from outside of the box up and over the Gauchos' defensive wall, but Reynish was there to make the save.
With roughly two minutes to play, Adam Sloustcher had Loyola's best look of the night collecting the ball on a throw in and firing through the box and two or three UCSB defenders. Reynish came up big again, this time making a diving stop to his right.
Overall, the Gauchos out-shot the Lions 11-7, holding their opponents to under 10 shots for the fourth time this season. With the shutout, Reynish and the Santa Barbara defense have now blanked their opponents in four out of their six matches, all UCSB wins.
"We got a big play from Proctor on the goal and Reynish made a couple of huge saves down the stretch," Vom Steeg said. "This was definitely a good win for us tonight." UCSB will now resume Big West Conference play with three consecutive road matches, beginning this Thursday, September 21 with Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos and Titans are slated to kickoff at 7:00 p.m.