October 2, 2004

No. 1 UCSB Outlasts 55 Minutes of Man Down Play to Draw 1-1 at USF

Oct. 1, 2004

Final Stats

San Francisco, Calif. - It was a heated battle at a cold Negoesco Stadium between No. 1 ranked UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Francisco with the game ultimately ending in a 1-1 draw. Playing a man down the Gauchos remained undefeated at 8-0-1 and the Dons record went to 5-1-1.

UCSB trailed in a match for the first time this season when USF was awarded a penalty kick in the 24th minute. The Dons sent the ball through the middle of the Gaucho defense to Matt Languis who drew the foul just as he entered the top of the box. On the ensuing PK USF's Brandon McDonald went left as Gaucho goalkeeper Dan Kennedy right to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the 23:02 mark that they carried into halftime.

In the second half the game became more heated as UCSB defender Greg Curry was red carded in the 50th minute putting the Gauchos a man down for the rest of the match. But Santa Barbara rallied late in the second half with a flurry of offensive attacks, ultimately knotting the game up in the 83rd minute when Neil Jones was fouled from behind in the box on a Nate Boyden free kick. And just as the Dons were able to score on a penalty kick, senior forward Drew McAthy took the free shot and drove it through the outstretched hands of USF keeper Mark Mallahey, and ultimately sending the match into overtime.

Not long after the Gauchos knotted the match at one all, Dons head coach Eric Visser was ejected from the match for foul language leaving USF without anyone at the helm.

Kennedy kept UCSB in the match with just over one minute remaining the Dons' McDonald rocketed a shot from the top of the box through heavy traffic but Kennedy was able to get his body on the shot for one of eight saves on the night.

Both teams created some decent chances in the both overtime periods but neither team was able to find the back of the net in the run of play and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Gauchos return home to host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, October 6th in Harder Stadium at 7:00 p.m.