Aug. 25, 2006
LOS ANGELES - UC Santa Barbara junior goalkeeper Katie Wright, a transfer from Nebraska, posted eight saves and USC missed a penalty kick in the second-half of overtime, as the visiting Gauchos and No. 17 Trojans tied 0-0 in the opener for both teams Friday in Los Angeles.
Wright, who led Nebraska into the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004, faced 14 Trojan shots on Friday, but she was able to weather the storm and walked away with a tie.
The most difficult moment for UCSB came in the 113th minute when USC was awarded a penalty kick after a Gaucho handball in the box. Trojan defender Lindsay Parker, however, sailed the shot wide of the goal to preserve Wright's shutout. Three minutes after the penalty kick, USC created its 14th and final shot of the game when forward Jamie Petrossi cracked her fourth shot of the game, but Wright, who was up to the task all day, made the save.
Offensively, Santa Barbara was able to muster just two shots on goal. Overall, the Gauchos had seven shots, but freshman Erin Doherty and sophomore Genelle Ives were the only players to record shots on goal.
For the match, UCSB was outshot 14-7 and the Trojans had eight shots on goal as compared to the Gauchos' two. Just one UCSB player, Doherty, had more than one shot.
Santa Barbara (0-0-1) will travel to the University of San Diego on Sunday, Aug. 27, for a 2:30 p.m. match against the Toreros. The Gauchos play their first four matches on the road before returning home for a Sept. 8 contest against Wisconsin.