UCSB, No. 25 Michigan State Trade Second Half Goals, Settle for 1-1 Overtime Tie

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Sept. 3, 2009

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With UCSB trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, freshman Erin Ortega scored her first career goal to tie the score as the Gauchos and 25th-ranked Michigan State battled to a 1-1 tie on Thursday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, the Spartans (2-0-1) got on the scoreboard first at the 63:46 mark when forward Lauren Hill got behind the Santa Barbara defense, took one shot that was blocked by Gaucho goalkeeper Ali Cutler. Hill, however, followed her own shot and tucked one just inside the left post to make it 1-0 MSU.

The Gauchos (1-2-1) didn't take long to get the equalizer.

In the 67th-minute, junior forward Kylie McDonald hit a cross from the left side of the box. Junior Kailyn Kugler trapped the ball and fired a shot that was blocked by Spartan goalkeeper Jill Flietstra, but Ortega pounced on the rebound and whistled one into the goal, knotting things at one apiece.

Each team had good chances late in regulation and in the two overtime periods, but neither team could break the tie.

UCSB outshot MSU by a 13-10 count, but each team had five shots on goal. Cutler had three saves for the Gauchos (there was one team save) while Flietstra had four for the Spartans.

The game was Santa Barbara's home opener after three straight on the road to open the season. The Gauchos will return to the road for the next four, beginning at 13th-ranked Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT). Without returning home, they will then travel to Williamsburg, Va., for the William & Mary Classic where they will play the host Tribe as well as George Mason.

UCSB returns home on Friday, Sept. 25 when it hosts Arizona. On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Gauchos will play powerful UCLA at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in a 4:00 p.m. match as part of a doubleheader with the men's team.

Tickets for all UCSB women's soccer games are available from the Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or on-line by clicking here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Women's soccer fans, new this year, donations to The Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the "One Donation is Gold" system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

If you donate to women's soccer, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Gold Zone (priority/premium seats) at Harder Stadium for men's soccer, which includes priority parking and cushioned chair-backed seating. No longer will separate donations need to be made to secure priority seating to different UCSB sports. One donation, one fund: The Gaucho Fund.

Season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season are on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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