Oct. 15, 2006
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior goalkeeper Katie Wright had 12 saves and UC Santa Barbara continued its reemergence on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 shutout victory at UC Riverside. It was the Gauchos' third consecutive win, all in Big West play.
UC Riverside suffered a 3-0 defeat to visiting UC Santa Barbara in front of 358 fans in a Big West Conference match on Sunday afternoon at the UCR Soccer Stadium. The Highlanders drop to 7-7-1, 0-4-1, while the Gauchos improve to 5-6-4, 3-1-0.
The game was closer than the scoreline indicated as UCR (7-7-1 overall, 0-4-1 in the Big West) outshot UCSB (5-6-4 overall, 3-1-0 in the Big West) 16-10 but was continuously repelled by Wright, a transfer from Nebraska. In the first half, UCR had three clear chances, all denied by Wright. In the 23rd minute, junior midfielder Jill Del Rosario connected on a diving header off a corner kick but it went straight into the arms of the UCSB keeper. Another corner kick in the 29th minute allowed freshman forward Heidi Garrett to rise above everyone and power a header towards goal but again Wright was positioned for the save. A minute later, Garrett forced Wright to dive to her right to stop her attempt from 15 yards.
The Gauchos got their first goal five minutes before halftime against the run of play. Sophomore forward Sami Svrcek was sent through and was brought down on the edge of the penalty area. On the ensuing free kick, Kandice Mclaughlin blasted a shot into the right corner for a 1-0 lead. McLaughlin scored in the same fashion a week ago in a win over UC Irvine.
The Highlanders had several more outstanding chances in the second half, as well. In the 56th minute, senior defender Shayna Hufford beat Wright with a powerful left-footed shot but Gaucho sophomomre defender Rachael Ritchey was there on the goal line to head the ball away. Five minutes later, sophomore defender Kristen Williams found herself open on the right side of the six-yard box but her volley skimmed over the bar.
With the Highlanders pushing forward for the equalizer, UCSB scored twice in the final nine minutes off of counterattacks. In the 82nd minute, Svrcek played through senior forward Chandi Bickford, who had beaten the UCR offside trap.Bickford cut the ball back into the penalty area for Allie Kueny, whose short-range shot found the roof of the net. It was the third straight match in which Kueny, a senior, had scored a goal.
In the waning seconds, Genelle Ives was brought down on a breakaway by Hufford, resulting in a penalty kick for Ives and a red card for Hufford. Ives stepped up and sent the shot home into the lower left corner to complete the scoring.
In the season's first 12 matches, UCSB scored a total of 10 goals. In its last three matches, all wins, the Gauchos have outscored their opponents by an 11-1 count.
UCSB returns home on Friday, Oct. 20, for a 7:00 p.m. Big West match against Cal State Northridge.