15th-Ranked UCSB Falls to Second Place With 2-1 Loss at 21st-Ranked CSUN
Nov. 5, 2003
Northridge, Calif. -
It was another tough luck loss for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team as it dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker at No. 21 Cal State Northridge to fall to 12-4-1 overall and 4-3-0 in Big West play. The win improves the Matadors to 11-3-2 and 4-2-1 in conference action, giving them a one-point advantage over the Gauchos in the race for Big West Crown.
UCSB controlled most of the first half, outshooting the Matadors 7-3. The best chance for UC Santa Barbara came off the foot of Drew McAthy, who hit the crossbar in the 15th minute, a trend that has been all-to-common for the two-time all-conference honoree. CSUN's best first-half chance came in the 19th minute when Jesse Servin had a shot blocked by Tony Lochhead in the penalty box, sending the game into halftime knotted at 0-0.
The Matadors stepped up their attack in the second half, outshooting UCSB 12-4. A shot by junior midfielder Juan Guerrero from close in sailed high over the net in the 60th minute, while Servin had another attempt saved by Gauchos goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the 73rd minute, one of three on the day for Kennedy.
Under two minutes after that attempt, Servin would put the Matadors on the board. Defender Edwin Miranda free kicked a ball to forward Willie Sims, who headed it to Servin in the penalty area. Servin took the pass and kicked it into the right side of the net just over the outstretched arms of Kennedy at 74:26.
In the 80th minute, Sims would score what proved to be the game-winning goal on a give and go with midfielder Daniel Paladini. Sims dribbled around a cluster of UCSB defenders and set a shot top shelf to beat Kennedy and make it 2-0 Northridge. Freshman defender Derek Hanks also assisted on Sims' eighth goal of the season at 79:02.
The Gauchos came on strong at the end to try and force the game to overtime. McAthy, who had hit the crossbar again earlier in the second half, carried the ball into the penalty box and was taken down with an illegal tackle. McAthy then beat Lafaurie on the ensuing penalty kick to make it 2-1 at 88:40.
McAthy would have a chance to tie the match in the waning seconds, but hit the crossbar on a shot from 20 yards out and the rebound bounced just in front of the goal line as time expired.
The Gauchos were outshot 15-11, with Servin leading the way for CSUN with four shots. McAthy had had the game-high five shots for the Gauchos, while Memo Arzate was the only other UCSB player with more than one shot as he totalled two.