August 28, 2005

Gaucho Offense Goes Cold in 4-0 Loss to Central Florida

Aug. 28, 2005

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The University of Central Florida scored two goals in the first half, two more in the second, and the Golden Knights outshot UC Santa Barbara 16-5 and cruised to a 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon at Harder Stadium.

The match was scoreless until the 26:14 mark when UCSB goalkeeper Jamie Considine made a save on a UCF shot, but could not hold the ball. Michelle DeCespedes pounced on the rebound and drove it home for her first of two goals in the match, giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 edge. Just over 12 minutes later, at 38:34, UCF's Lydia Jones got behind the Gaucho defense and scored on a slide kick off of a perfect cross from Jessalyn Withers to make the score 2-0.

UCSB struggled to get anything going offensively in the first half, finishing with just one shot attempt. UCF had 11 shots at the break.

In the second half the Golden Knights 3-0 at 62:10 when Jessica Newport scored on a header off of a cross from Kristin Bilby. Just 10 minutes later, at 72:04, DeCespedes scored her second goal of the match when she hit a direct free kick from 25 yards out. The ball deflected off of the UCSB defensive wall and the misdirection was enough to get the ball past Considine and finalize the score at 4-0.

UCF completed the match with a 16-5 advantage in shots. Golden Knight goalkeeper Jennifer Manis needed just one save to post the shutout. Considine, who was relieved by freshman Kelly Soler immediately following the final goal, had five saves on the afternoon.

UCSB and UCF are each 1-1 on the season. The Gauchos return to action on Friday, September 2, when they travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take part in the Golden Bear Classic. Santa Barbara will take on St. Mary's on Friday evening and Cal on Sunday afternoon.