Short-Handed Gauchos Fall to No. 6 Seeded Cal, 2-1, in Overtime
Nov. 21, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal scored with just one second remaining in the first overtime period to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Second Round on Sunday afternoon at the Golden Bears' Edwards Stadium, ending the Gauchos' postseason run.
Michael Tetteh broke a scoreless tie with 8:14 to go in regulation to put the Gauchos up 1-0. Tetteh had been subbed in prior to Josue Madueno's throw-in on the right side of the field. Madueno sent the ball directly to Tetteh who shot to the far left side of the Cal goal.
The lead did not last long, however. With just 1:40 left on the clock, Cal kicked the ball towards the box and hit a Gaucho defender. The official ruled it a handball and awarded a penalty kick to the Golden Bears.
Gaucho goalkeeper Sam Hayden chose the correct side and dove to his right, but Servando Carrasco was able to place the shot over Hayden to tie the game at one-all and send it into overtime.
With the clock winding down on the first overtime period, Anthony Avalos drew Hayden out of the goal on the left side before passing the ball to Davis Paul, who scored on a wide-open net with one second remaining.
"I tell our players, you control what you can control," said head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "Our guys played their hearts out with a man down."
The Gauchos played all but 25 minutes of the match a man-down after Luis Silva was red carded in the first half when he collided with Carrasco going for a 50-50 ball.
Even after losing a player, UCSB managed to out-shoot the Golden Bears, 6-5 in the first half. For the match, Cal out-shot the Gauchos, 18-16. It was the first team to do so in 26 matches. UCSB held a 9-7 advantage in shots on-goal.
UCSB ended the season with a 14-5-3 record, marking its 10th consecutive winning season. The Gauchos were making their ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and its ninth appearance in the tournament's second round. UCSB won the Big West Championship for the first time in program history this year and had a total of nine players named to All-Big West teams.
This marks the third time that Cal has ended UCSB's NCAA Tournament run in the second round. They did so with a 2-1 victory in 2002 and a 3-2 double overtime win in 2008. The Golden Bears will advance to play Brown in the third round next Sunday.
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