Oct. 5, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Friday night ties are becoming a tradition for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team.
For the the second consecutive Friday night, the Gauchos played one of the best teams on the West Coast to a physical tie. Last week, UCSB and UCLA played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. This week, the Gauchos and Fresno State each scored a goal in the first half, and that was it, as they finished knotted at 1-1.
UCSB scored early in the first half. In the third minute, junior forward Rob Friend took a bullet cross from sophomore Gene Deering, and drilled the ball into the lower left corner of the goal, past the outstretched hand of Bulldog goalkeeper Jeremy Proud.
FSU tied the score in the 38th minute. Midfielder Noah Delgado crossed a corner kick, and defender Curt Posey sauntered in behind the Gaucho defense and nailed a left-footer into the upper right corner of the goal.
The teams played the final 82 minutes without scoring a goal. After giving up the early score by Friend, Proud settled down and made ten saves the rest of the way. Many of his saves came on Friend shots. The junior from Kelowna, British Columbia, finished with a game-high six shots, at least three of which forced Proud to make leaping saves.
On the other side of the field, freshman Dan Kennedy came up with four saves for the Gauchos, but he also made numerous outstanding plays to break up Bulldog attacks.
UCSB played the match without several key players. Starting midfielders Steven Sosa, and Drew McAthy were out with leg injuries. McAthy, however, started the overtime, and played a total of 19 minutes before he was redcarded for an overly physical slide tackle. He will be forced to miss Sunday's match against Denver. In addition, UCSB played without Reuben Bates, who was sitting out after receiving a redcard in the Gauchos' last match. During the match, they lost defender Galen Donaldson to a foot injury, midfielder Sean Edwards to a knee injury, and Deering to a leg injury.
UCSB, which piled up 26 fouls to Fresno State's 13, is now 4-2-2. Fresno State is 3-2-4. The Gauchos will return to action on Sunday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m., when it hosts the University of Denver.