Sept. 23, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior midfielder Romy Barber entered the 2007 season having scored one goal in her career. On Sunday, she scored her third of the season and it was the most important of her career, coming late in the second overtime to give UC Santa Barbara a 2-1 victory over visiting San Diego State. The win extends the Gauchos' winning streak to two and unbeaten streak to four.
The game-winning score came at the 107:41 mark. Freshman Kailyn Kugler took the first shot from the left side of the box, but it was blocked. In the scramble after the block, Barber pounced on the loose ball in front of Aztec goalkeeper Aubree Southwick and drilled a shot into the top right corner of the goal. Kugler was credited with an assist on the score.
UCSB scored early in the match to take a 1-0 lead. Kugler took a corner kick that sophomore midfielder Sarah Stoltz got her head on. Southwick was able to make the first save, but could not collect the ball, and freshman forward Brooke Salyer was right there to poke it inside the near post just 7:18 into the match.
The score remained 1-0 until just over 20 minutes into the second half when San Diego State tied it at 1-1. Megan Konishi carried the ball near the left side of the box and beat a pair of defenders. She slid a pass near the upper center of the box where Jessica Girdner was waiting. Girdner drove a hard shot into the upper-middle portion of the goal at 65:48.
Both teams had solid chances in the final 25 minutes of regulation, but the defenders and goalkeepers were up to the task. UCSB's Katie Wright needed just one save on the night, but she collected several balls and had several fine punch-outs. Southwick was outstanding with nine saves for the Aztecs.
The victory improves the Gauchos' record to 3-3-2 overall while San Diego State drops tot 3-3-2. UCSB has now won consecutive games for the first time this season and it has gone unbeaten in its last four, three of which have gone to overtime.
Santa Barbara returns to action next weekend when it travels to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of matches. First-up will be a contest at Washington State on Friday, Sept. 28 at 3:00 p.m.