No. 25 Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 In Overtime To No. 7 Loyola MarymountThe No. 25 UC Santa Barbara menıs soccer team had its nationıs second-best eight game win streak snapped by No. 7 Loyola Marymount in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Lions at LMUıs Sullivan Field. The loss was the Gauchosı first of the season as they drop to 8-1-0. The Lions remain undefeated and improve to 10-0-2.
With his back to the goal Loyolaıs Andres Murriagui took a pass from Kevin Novak inside the penalty box midway through the first overtime period, setting up the game-winning goal. Murriagui kept his defender at bay before turning and slipping a low shot across the goal box just catching the net inside the left post at 94:38 in the match to give Santa Barbara its first loss of the year.
Going into the game UCSB knew it had a tough test ahead going up against one of the nationıs top defenses. That test was not made any easier when midfielder Memo Arzate received a controversial red card in the 64th minute, forcing the Gauchos to play a man down for the remainder of the match.
Despite being a man down, UCSB remained in the match trading scoring opportunities with the Lions for the rest of the contest. LMU out-shot the Gauchos 11-10 marking the first time this season that Santa Barbara has not but more balls on frame than its opponent.
The 1-0 loss marks the first time since October 7th of last season that UCSB has been shutout. The Lions did an excellent job of defending against the Gauchos top-ranked offense and forward Rob Friend, who had is streak of consecutive games with a goal stopped at 12. The 12-game streak is the fourth longest in NCAA history.
Santa Barbara goalkeeper Danny Kennedy had one of his best outings of the season in the loss, making four saves in the second half to keep the out-manned Gauchos in the match. The loss is obviously Kennedyıs first of the season as he falls to 6-1-0.
UCSB returns home to Harder Stadium this Saturday, October 12th to defend its Big West Conference title against Cal State Fullerton in the Gauchos league-opener. Start time for the match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.