Oct. 7, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team dominated much of its match against the University of Denver on Sunday, but their inability to take advantage of an 11-4 shot advantage cost them dearly.
Reserve midfielder R.J. Smith scored on a shot from the top of the penalty box, after a throw-in by Michael Piserchio was headed out of the goal box by a Gaucho defender. The tally by the Pioneers came in the 84th minute, and it represented the only goal of the match, giving Denver a 1-0 victory.
UCSB forward Rob Friend had six of his team's 11 shots, but he was frustrated by Pioneer goalkeeper Parker Jarvis, who finished with five saves. Gaucho goalkeeper Dan Kennedy did not record a save in the match, and he had really no chance to save the game-winner by Smith.
The loss by the Gauchos is their third of the season and it drops them to 4-3-2. Denver is now 6-2-3. UCSB has now scored just one goal in its last three matches, a period spanning 330 minutes. The opposition, however, has not been much more productive, scoring just two goals in that time.
The Gauchos return to the Harder Stadium pitch on Friday, October 12, when they host Cal State Fullerton in the Big West opener at 7:00 p.m.