Nov. 2, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Senior forward Rob Friend scored an unassisted goal at the 6:16 mark in the first half, and UC Santa Barbara held on for a physical 1-0 win over Cal State Northridge on Friday night in Santa Barbara.
Friend, who leads the Gauchos with seven goals, took the ball down the sideline, dribbled past a pair of defenders and then drilled a shot into the lower left portion of the goal, past Matador goalkeeper Joe Barton, for the matches lone goal.
The final 83 minutes were played with far more fouls than shots. The Gauchos finished the match with nine shots, while Cal State Northridge had just three, all in the second half. The teams were whistled for a total of 56 fouls, 37 by UCSB. In addition, they combined for seven yellow cards and a pair of red cards.
Matador forward Charles Mitchell was ejected in the 55th minute, and just two minutes later, Gaucho forward Gene Deering received a red card of his own. Among UCSB's yellow cards one was issued in the 60th minute to Friend. For the native of Kelowna, British Columbia, it was his fifth of the year, and he will be forced to sit out UCSB's Sunday match against UC Riverside.
With the win, the Gauchos avenged a 3-2 overtime loss at Cal State Northridge on October 21. UCSB improves to 8-4-3 overall, 4-1-1 in the Big West. The Matadors drop to 8-4-2 overall, 3-2-1 in league.
The Gauchos return to action on Sunday, November 4, when they host UC Riverside in a Big West match scheduled to kickoff at 4:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium.