October 21, 2005

Penalty Kicks Doom Gauchos in 3-2 Loss at Pacific

Oct. 21, 2005

Box Score

STOCKTON, Calif. - Freshman forward Genelle Ives scored two goals and sophomore defender Katrina Wright assisted on both, but it was not enough as the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision at Pacific on Friday night.

The match between the Gauchos and Tigers was scoreless at halftime. UCSB got on the board first at 51:54 when Ives headed-in a ball after a free-kick by Wright. The ball was knocked-in at the far post to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, at 53:52, UOP was awarded the first of its two penalty kicks and Bunny Dickson didn't waste the opportunity, tying the score at 1-1.

Dickson scored a legitimate goal a few minutes later. At 59:57, Dickson took a pass from Mandi Van Dorn and deflected it past UCSB goalkeeper Jamie Considine, giving UOP a 2-1 edge.

At 76:51, the Tigers were awarded another penalty kick. This time, Jenniver Smiley scored to make it 3-1 Pacific.

UCSB narrowed the gap to 3-2 at the 85:42 mark when Ives scored on a rebound of a Wright shot. The goal was her team-leading sixth of the season, but it was the final score of the match.

Not only did UCSB lose, but it also lost starting midfielder Darci Gwartz for its next match. Gwartz received a red card, the first by a UCSB player this season, in the 77th-minute. The Gaucho team was so irritated by the officiating that the entire team received a yellow card at the conclusion of the match.

The loss was the fourth in a row for UCSB. The Gauchos, who travel to Cal State Northridge for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 23, are now 7-10-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the Big West. UOP improves to 10-6-1 and 3-3-0.