Oct. 20, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior forward Allie Kueny scored two goals and UC Santa Barbara's defense and goalkeeping were outstanding again, as the Gauchos extended their season-long winning streak to four with a 2-0 shutout over visiting Cal State Northridge Friday night.
UCSB's win (6-6-4 overall, 4-1-0 in the Big West) breaks a third-place tie with the Matadors (10-7-0 overall, 3-3-0 in the Big West). The Gauchos now have 12 points in league play, two more than Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton, and three more than Northridge and Cal Poly. Long Beach, which lost a non-conference decision to UC Davis on Friday, has played one fewer Big West match than Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos scored their first goal early Friday night's contest. At the 3:27 mark, senior forward Chandi Bickford drove down the right sideline, she cut in to her left, and from about 10 yards outside the box, she hit a low cross to sophomore midfielder Sami Svrcek. Svrcek collected the ball and cracked a shot that was stopped, but not collected, by Matador goalkeeper April Cline. Kueny was there to hit a follow that was deflected by a defender and barely crossed the line before a scrambling Cline could make the save.
The score remained 1-0 at the half. Just over 26 minutes into the second half, at the 71:10 mark, the Gauchos scored again. Sophomore Linda Allen took a pass from sophomore Genelle Ives. Allen, standing wide right of the penalty box, held the ball to draw the defense. She then found freshman midfielder Sarah Stoltz just inside the top of the box. Stoltz slid a pass to Kueny, who was running towards the left post. Kueny shoved a shot past Cline extended arm to give UCSB its 2-0 advantage.
The two goals gives Kueny five on the season, all in the last four matches. In fact, she has scored at least one goal in each of last four games, all Gaucho wins. Also, with the two markers, Kueny has now scored 17 goals and 17 assists in her UCSB career, a total of 51 points. She is the 11th player in school history to eclipse the 50-point mark.
As it has been during most of the season, the Santa Barbara defense and goalkeeping was once again outstanding. In Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos blanked the Big West's top scoring team. It was their second straight shutout, third during the four-match winning streak, and fifth of the season. Junior Katie Wright went the distance and lowered her goals against average to 0.85. She saved three shots on the night. UCSB defenders Rachael Ritchey, Kandice Mclaughlin, Katrina Wright, Katie Smith and Lexi Eaton played a major role in the effort as well.
After scoring just 10 goals in their first 12 games, the Gauchos have outscored their last four opponents by a 13-1 margin.
UCSB remains at home for its next two matches. On Sunday, Oct. 22, it will host Pacific in a 1:00 pm outing at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos will play their final home contest of the season when they host St. Mary's in a non-conference affair on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 pm.