Oct. 19, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Whatever UC Santa Barbara men's soccer coach Tim Vom Steeg says at halftime of Friday night matches, he should probably market.
Last Friday, Vom Steeg's Gauchos trailed Cal State Fullerton by a 2-0 count at the intermission, only to explode for three goals, and a 3-2 win. Tonight, UCSB trailed 1-0, after a lethargic first 45 minutes against Cal Poly, but once again, they scored three goals in the second half, winning 3-1.
The Mustangs got on the board first at the 5:00 mark, when forward Mark Jones drilled home a rebound of a Scott Gellman shot. Gaucho goalkeeper Danny Kennedy was able to stop Gellman's shot, but could not recover in time to deflect the follow by Jones.
UCSB wasted little time tying the score in the second half. Junior forward Rob Friend lofted a pass into the box, senior forward Jaime Ambriz collected it, and dished it to freshman Drew McAthy who shoved it past Cal Poly goalkeeper Greg Blevins.
The Gauchos took a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute, but this time it was Friend pounding home a rebound of a McAthy shot for his sixth goal of the season. UCSB scored an insurance goal with 40 seconds left, when freshman Nate Boyden scored his first goal of the season, shoving home a through-ball from Joe Hubay-Dies.
The win extends UCSB's unbeaten string to three in a row. They improve to 6-3-3 on the season, and 2-0-1 in Big West play. Cal Poly drops to 1-8-1 overall, and 0-3 in league play. The Gauchos continue Big West play on Sunday, when they travel to Cal State Northridge for a 7:00 p.m. match.