Oct. 23, 2005
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Senior Leila Pate scored in the 46th minute of her final home match at Cal State Northridge, but Sami Svrcek scored twice for UC Santa Barbara, as the Gauchos defeated the Matadors 2-1 on Sunday at Matador Soccer Field.
The defeat drops the Matadors to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in Big West play, while the Gauchos improve to 8-10 and 2-4 in league action. Despite the loss, the Matadors, who play their final two regular-season matches against non-conference opponents Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine next week, still have a chance at making the Big West Tournament but need a lot of help during next week's conference action.
Only two days after scoring the golden goal against Cal Poly, Pate would score just 34 seconds after intermission to even the match at one. Senior Brianna Monka passed ahead to sophomore Mary Ortega, who touched to Pate. The senior took the ball and beat UCSB goalkeeper Jamie Considine for her fourth of the season at 45:34.
But it would be Svrcek's heroics and solid goalkeeping play that gave UCSB the victory. Svrcek scored the first of her two goals in the 13th minute. Genelle Ives crossed from the right side to Svrcek, who beat Matador goalkeeper April Cline to the left corner at 12:48.
In the 66th minute, Svrcek gave the Gauchos the lead for good, receiving a cross from Allie Kueny and heading it in at 65:03.
The Matadors had three good chances to tie up the match, but were unable to get the ball replacment keeper Kelly Soler. Sophomore Kristy Krohn had a shot off a cross from sophomore Tryna Tafoya stopped by Soler in the 69th minute. Ninety seconds later, Krohn was stopped again by Soler on a shot from the box. In the 81st minute, sophomore Rachel Gillis had a header attempt off a Tafoya corner kick go just high, with that being the last good chance the Matadors had.
Early on, the Matadors dominated the scoring chances. Monka had an attempt from 12 yards out saved by Considine in the 17th minute. Three minutes later, the Matadors had three straight shots, but had shots blocked, saved and hit off the crossbar. Pate took the first attempt, but had it blocked. Tafoya was next and clanked a shot off the top of the bar, while Pate was there for the rebound but had her shot saved by Considine. In the 24th minute, Pate had another chance on a shot from the top of the box, but Considine got her left hand on it as it deflected off the crossbar and out of bounds.
The Matadors outshot the Gauchos 17-9 for the match. Pate had a game-high four shots, while sophomore Suzie Mischenko had three. The Gauchos were led by Svrcek's three shots.
In net, Cline made four saves, including a pair on Ives in the 75th and 85th minutes. Considine made six saves in the first half, but Soler replaced her in the 62nd minute and just 3:06 before the Gauchos netted the game-winner. Soler recorded two saves in net.
The Matadors close out their regular season next week with road matches at a pair of West Coast Conference schools. CSUN takes on Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 3 p.m. and Pepperdine on Sunday at 1 p.m.