Oct. 13, 2004
Riverside, Calif. -
The No. 1 ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is now a perfect 8-0-0 over the last four years against UC Riverside after its 3-0 win today, keeping the Gauchos undefeated on the season and improving them to 11-0-1. With its fourth Big West win of the year (4-0-0) UCSB strengthened its hold on first place in the conference heading into its match this Saturday against defending conference champion Cal State Northridge.
It took over 20 minutes, but the Gauchos finally broke through at 21:22 off of a Tony Lochhead corner kick from UCSB's attacking right. Lochhead lofted the ball into the 6-yard box and junior midfielder Nate Boyden slid through the Highlander defense to meet the ball with his head and place into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Just over ten minutes later senior forward Neil Jones made it 2-0 Gauchos with his eighth goal of the season. Freshman defender Myles Davis received the ball out on the left wing and beat his defender to the touch-line down the left side. Davis served an arcing cross to the near post to find Jones. Jones took the cross and headed it across his body, beating UCR keeper Charles Alamo to his right at 32:44 in the match.
UCSB made it 3-0 before the first half ended, once again scoring on a cross, except this time is was Myles Davis' fellow Canadian, freshman Andrew Proctor who served the ball into the box. Jones started the play picking up a loose ball in the middle of the field just beyond the center circle. With two defenders collapsing in on him, Jones slipped a pass between them and out into the left flat to the awaiting Proctor. The freshman forward beat his defender and crossed the ball into the Highlander goal box where it found the chest of Tino Nunez. Nunez sent the ball straight off of his chest into the side netting for his second goal of the season.
The second half of the match went scoreless for both teams, but sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Reynish who subbed in for starting keeper Dan Kennedy at the half, made a leaping save to his left with under 15 minutes remaining to preserve the Gauchos' eighth shutout of the season. Kennedy had two saves in the first half.
UCSB now travels to Northridge for his showdown with the Matadors on Saturday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m.