Simon's Late Goal Gives Gauchos 1-1 Tie with Visiting UNLV
Sept. 16, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman forward Jacqui Simon picked a good time to score first career goal as she knocked one home late on Sunday afternoon as UC Santa Barbara fought back for a 1-1 double-overtime tie with visiting UNLV. The tie extends the Gauchos' unbeaten string to two games in a row.
With the Rebels leading 1-0 and fewer than 12 minutes remaining in regulation, UCSB used a flurry in front of the net to score the equalizer. Midfielder Romy Barber sent a cross into the box to midfielder Sami Svrcek. Svrcek attempted a shot from about 10 yards out, but the ball was blocked and deflected back to her. She then passed the in front of the goal where Simon, a transfer from UCLA, scored on a sliding shot, sending it just inside the right post. The goal ended a Santa Barbara scoreless streak that had reached more than 250 minutes.
While UNLV finished the match with 12 shots, it attempted just two in the first half. The Rebels, however, made the first shot count as they turned a scoreless tie into a 1-0 game at the 33:18 mark. Midfielder Shannon Hughes hit forward Kate Carney with a pass as Carny drove down the right side of the penalty box. Carney took a couple of dribbles and drove a low shot to the lower left corner of the goal, past a diving Katie Wright.
Wright, the Gauchos' senior goalkeeper, came up big early in the overtime. In the 93rd minute, the UCSB defense played a ball towards the top-center of the penalty box where UNLV's Erica Jensen was positioned. Without hesitation, Jensen lined a shot towards the upper-middle of the goal, but a fully outstretched and leaping Wright sent the ball over the crossbar, keeping the match tied.
The teams played the final 17 minutes of the overtimes with both getting decent opportunities but neither a great opportunity.
UCSB finished with 13 shots to 12 for the Rebels. Because of injuries, the Gauchos started four freshmen and played nine in the match. It also marked the team's third straight overtime match.
UNLV, which won the Mountain West Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, is now 3-2-1 on the season while UCSB is 1-3-2.
The Gauchos return to action on Friday, Sept. 21, when they travel to Cal State Bakersfield. Their next home match will be on Sunday, Sept. 23, when they host San Diego State at 6:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.