Sept. 27, 2006
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge scored three times in the first half and twice more in the final nine minutes, handing the 19th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team its first lost in Big West Conference play, 5-0 Wednesday at Matador Soccer Field. The Gauchos' winless streak against their biggest rivals extended to four games in a match that featured 39 fouls, 12 yellow cards and four red cards.
Northridge improves to 3-3-3 with the win and 1-0-2 in the Big West, while UC Santa Barbara falls to 5-4-0 and 2-1-0 in conference action.
The Matadors jumped out to the early 1-0 lead at the 13:21 mark. Sean Franklin sent a free kick into the box from 35 yards out. Adrian Lopez flicked it on from the right side to the left to Matt Tracy, who knocked home a ball to the left post past goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.
Just five minutes later, Northridge made it 2-0. From the top of the box, Devin Deldó free kicked a ball over the Gaucho defensive wall and into the upper-left corner of the goal in the 19th minute for his second of the season.
Following the goal the intensity of the UCSB-CSUN rivalry reared its head. At 20:02, the Gauchos picked up three yellow cards, including the second on sophomore defender Kyle Kaveny, which put Santa Barbara down a man. The Matadors' advantage would not last for long though, as Dylan Riley received a red card in the 25th minute to even the match with 10 men on the field apiece. But just as quick as it was even, the Gauchos went down another player when junior defender Greg Curry was issued his second yellow card in the 31st minute.
With less than five minutes to play in the half, Ryan Rossi sent a ball to Moy Gomez in the box, and Reynish made a play on the ball. After colliding with Gomez, the Gauchos' keeper was whistled for a yellow card, prompting a penalty kick for the Matadors. Rossi took it and scored to the left post at 40:52 for the insurmountable 3-0 lead.
Reynish was up to the challenge early in the second half, keeping UCSB's deficit at three. He made huge stops on Sunghyun Kim on a one-on-one in the 71st minute and then again on Franklin in the 79th minute.
Then Fergie Agwu sent a long ball past the UCSB defense and to the foot of Gomez, who beat Reynish to the right post as the Matadors' lead ballooned to 4-0.
With just under two minutes to go, the Gauchos would lose their third man of the match when junior midfielder Evan Patterson, playing in just his third game at UCSB, was red carded following a skirmish with CSUN's Ben Cox.
Northridge capitalized up two men in the final minute, as sophomore Michael Clegg centered a ball to the top of the box to Kim, who beat Reynish to the right post for his third of the season at 89:49.
Matador goalkeeper Kevin Guppy made six saves in the match and preserved the shutout in the second half with consecutive stops on senior midfielder Bryan Byrne in the 73rd minute. Reynish, who had allowed five goals all season, made eight saves for the Gauchos.
The Gauchos were out-shot 24-14 for the match. Byrne led the way offensively with four shots, three of which were on goal.
UCSB returns home this weekend for a non-conference match up with the University of Michigan Saturday, September 30. The Gauchos will honor the Meredith family with a special field dedication ceremony prior to the start of the match. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.