November 1, 2008

No. 13 UCSB Falls to No. 20 UC Irvine, 3-1

Nov. 1, 2008

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team saw its four-game winning streak end on Saturday night at Harder Stadium as the No. 20 UC Irvine Anteaters upset the 13th-ranked Gauchos, 3-1.

UCSB, currently in first place in the Big West, falls to 10-5-2 overall, 5-2-1 in the Big West. Irvine, meanwhile, improves to 10-1-6 overall, 3-1-4 in the Big West.

The defeat was the Gauchos' third of the season at home, the most they've suffered at Harder Stadium since the 2000 season. It is also one more in Big West conference play than the Gauchos had last season.

The lone UCSB goal was scored by freshman Peter McGlynn, the first of his collegiate career. Senior Chris Pontius' five-game goal-scoring streak, which was a personal best and tied for the second-longest in UCSB history, came to an end.

McGlynn scored the Gauchos' lone goal just 5:29 into the match when he received a pass from Pontius from about 35 yards out and fired the ball on frame. The ball hooked into the lower right-hand corner of the net for a 1-0 lead and the freshman's first goal as a Gaucho.

However, the lead didn't last as Irving Garcia tied up the game when he received a cross from Kevin Santora, and beat UCSB goalie Kristopher Minton with a shot to the right-hand side.

Less than four minutes later, the Anteaters scored again, this time when Gray Bailey blasted home a shot from 10 yards out after receiving a free kick in the box from Carlos Aguilar.

UCSB could not rally. After leading UC Irvine 6-1 in shots midway through the first half, the Anteaters switched to another gear and outshot the Gauchos 14-8 on the night. That total is just one more than the Gauchos' fewest shots taken this season, when they took just seven in a 2-1 win over then-ranked No. 10 Indiana earlier this season.

As the Gauchos tried to battle back, Spencer Thompson finished them off when he lofted a ball over Minton's head on a breakaway, beating the freshman goalie as he came out to challenge the one-on-one. Thompson was left alone as the Gauchos crowded the other side of the field trying to tie the game. Thompson beat Alfonso Motagalvan to the ball and took off toward the net, securing the upset with an insurance goal.

UCSB will play its final regular-season home match this Wednesday, Nov. 5 against Cal Poly. UCSB will attempt to set THE record and make history by setting the NCAA attendance record.

The UCSB Athletics Ticket Office will hold special extended hours next week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for faculty and staff to come by and receive their free tickets. All students are encouraged to stop by and reserve their spot. Groups of five or more people can get special tickets for just $3 per person.

Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB or coming to the Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or by clicking here.