Sept. 23, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
In their first five matches, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team allowed a total of two goals, posting a pair of shutouts in the process.
On Sunday, the Gauchos took a 1-0 lead into halftime of their match with 17th-ranked San Jose State, but in the second half, the Spartans piled up three goals to hand UCSB its first home loss of the season, 3-1.
The teams played a physical, yet scoreless first 34 minutes, but the Gauchos got on the board first in the 35th minute, when Tony Lochhead hit a cross into the box. Dan Young headed a pass to Gene Deering , who headed it to the left of San Jose goalkeeper Eddie Dominguez. Within minutes, Dominguez would have to leave the match, when he and UCSB's Rob Friend collided and Dominguez suffered a broken nose.
Dominguez was replaced by senior Gilbert Vega, who finished the match and blanked the Gauchos the rest of the way.
San Jose State scored its three goals within a 19-minute span in the second half. Lars Lyssand scored the first two. Lyssand's first goal came in the 51st minute and was assisted by Michael Patrick. His second, in the 60th minute, was assisted by Frank Mata. Lyssand returned the favor, assisting on a goal by Mata in the 70th minute.
Not only was the match physical, it was also emotional. Seven yellow cards, and one red card were issued. UCSB's Dan Young received a pair of yellow cards, resulting in his ejection. He will now be forced to sit out the Gauchos' next match, a Friday night affair against UCLA.
The Gauchos, which had stymied its first five opponents this season, allowing just over five shots on goal per match, gave up 15 shots to the Spartans. UCSB had 16 shots. Freshman goalkeeper Dan Kennedy had three saves in goal.
UCSB drops to 4-2 on the season, while San Jose Stae improves to 4-2. The Gauchos return to action on Friday when they host UCLA in a match beginning at approximately 8:15 p.m. The match against UCLA will follow a UCSB women's soccer match against Weber State, which begins at 6:00 p.m.