Gauchos Battle to 1-1 Opening Game Tie vs. Idaho

Alyssa Benjamin (L) and Makenna Henry (R).  (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Alyssa Benjamin (L) and Makenna Henry (R). (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In its opening match of the 2011 season, the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team battled Idaho to a 1-1 tie at  UNLV's Rebel Classic on Friday.

Senior  midfielder Cory Yoshida scored an unassisted goal in the 17th  minute to give UCSB a  1-0 lead over Vandals.  Yoshida, a senior captain, did not score a goal during her junior season, but made the  most of her start in the first game of the 2011 campaign.

Idaho, a former Big West opponent, tied the score less than two minutes after Yoshida gave the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.  Jill Flockhart took a through-ball from Erica Hart and sled a shot past Santa  Barbara goalkeeper Makenna Henry

The Gauchos dominated the rest of the way, but could not score a goal.  UCSB wound up out-shooting Idaho by a 29-7 count.  In the second half and overtime the margin  was 17-2, but they were unable to put-home the game-winner.

While she didn't score, UCSB's Dyanne Anderson, a transfer from Rancho Santiago College, had nine shot overall, including six on goal.  Vandal goalkeeper Liz Boyden, however, was up to the  task as she deflected all but one shot.

Santa Barbara will remain at UNLV for one more game.  The  Gauchos will play the host Rebels in the heat on Sunday in a match that will begin at 1:00 pm.  UCSB will open its home schedule against West Coast Conference power Santa Clara at 7:00 pm on Friday, Aug. 26 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

The  UCSB men's team will open the season on Saturday when it hosts Westmont College in the annual Bryant and Sons Cup.  Every season ticket for the men's team means a season ticket for women's games.  For information, please call 805-893-UCSB, go to the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or click here.