September 18, 2011

UCSB Dominates Nevada in 1-0 Victory

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Erin Ortega's goal in the 78th minute broke a scoreless tie as UC Santa Barbara blanked the University of Nevada at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Sunday afternoon, 1-0.

The Gauchos (4-5-1) dominated the Wolf Pack (1-8-0) but until Ortega's tally they had nothing to show for it.  Overall, UCSB had 28 shots, 10 of which were on goal, while Nevada had just one.

Ortega's second goal of the season came after freshman Kelly McGrath's header off of an Erica Shelton corner kick was blocked by Wolf Pack goalkeeper Jenna Riddle.  Ortega collected the ball and pushed a shot into the left side of the goal.

After outshooting Nevada 11-0 in the first half, UCSB was even more dominant in the second half with a margin of 17-1.  In fact, the Wolf Pack didn't record their first shot until the waning seconds and even then it was a long non-threatening attempt that sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Henry caught for a save. 

While it was Ortega who scored the Gauchos goal, it was junior Katy Roby who had her way with the opponent's defense on Sunday.  Roby had nine of her team's 28 shots, five on goal.  Ortega had five shots while Shelton and Indiana Mead had four apiece.

The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 21 when they play at San Diego State in a game that will kick-off at 4:00 p.m.  After another road game at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Sept. 25, UCSB will return home to open Big West play on Friday, Sept. 30 against Long Beach State.

Tickets to all Gaucho home games are available by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB or online by clicking here.