Gauchos Edge Villanova 2-1 to Earn Championship at the Maryland/Adidas Classic

Sept. 11, 2005

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior forward Allie Kueny and freshman forward Michelle Russell each scored a goal on Sunday to lead UC Santa Barbara past Villanova 2-1 in the Adidas/Terrapin Classic at College Park, Md.

Kueny, who was selected the tournament's Offensive Most Valuable Player, gave the Gauchos a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. At the 24:22 mark, Kueny took a feed from freshman forward Genelle Ives, dribbled in and drove a shot past Villanova goalkeeper Jillian Loyden.

UCSB maintained its 1-0 lead until there were fewer than 10 minutes left in the match. At 80:50, sophomore midfielder Kandice Mclaughlin found Russell open about 15 yards out. Russell chipped a shot over Loyden to give the Gauchos a 2-0 advantage. The goal was Russell's second of the year.

The Wildcats made the match close in the final minute. At 89:25, Nikki Mabery took a cross from Lindsey Finnegan and lifted a shot past Santa Barbara senior goalkeeper Jamie Considine. Villanova, however, was unable to tie the match in the final 35 seconds and UCSB had its second straight win. Considine was chosen the Defensive MVP of the tourney after posting a pair of wins and allowing just one goal.

After struggling on the offensive end of the field during a three-match losing streak, the Gauchos have started to emerge in their last two matches. In wins over Rutgers and Villanova, UCSB scored four goals. In three matches prior to the two straight wins, the Gauchos were shutout. On Sunday against Villanova, UCSB recorded a season-high 18 shots, forcing Loyden to make eight saves. Villanova had 15 shots and Considine recorded three saves.

The goal by Kueny was also the first UCSB goal scored by non-freshman this season. Previously, Gaucho goals had been scored by Ives (2), Katie Smith and Michelle Russell.

Santa Barbara will put its two-match winning streak on the line when it returns home on Wednesday, Sept. 14, for a 7:00 p.m. Harder Stadium match against Hawaii.