Gauchos Drop Season Finale at Cal Poly, 1-0
Oct. 29, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Morgan Miller scored the games only goal in the 35th minute to lead Cal Poly to a 1-0 shutout win over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Friday night at A.G. Spanos Stadium. The loss ends the Gauchos' season.
UCSB (8-9-2 overall, 3-5-0 in the Big West) had its hopes of making the Big West Tournament dashed on Thursday night when Cal State Northridge defeated Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs (8-9-1 overall, 3-4-1 in the Big West) were already out of contention before the week began.
Miller's goal came after she took a corner kick from Julie McKee and scored on a shot from far right, 25 yards out and into the far post.
Cal Poly outshot the Gauchos 15-7, including 7-2 in shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry kept UCSB in the match with six saves, but her team could not get a shot past Mustang goalkeeper Brooke Gauvin.
"Unfortunately we came out a little slow again," said Gaucho head coach Paul Stumpf. "Cal Poly is a high-pressure team and we just didn't handle the pressure well in the first half. The second half was much better, we kind of picked things up."
In the 72nd minute, UCSB appeared to get its best opportunity to score. Sophomore midfielder Erin Ortega took the ball on the right flank and curled into the middle at the near post. After she entered the box with the ball, Ortega was tripped by a Cal Poly player, but following a brief discussion, the officials ruled that the play happened outside of the box and thus a free kick just outside the box, not a penalty kick, was awarded. The Gauchos failed to score on the subsequent play.
The game ended the career for 10 UCSB seniors: Kailyn Kugler, Jacqui Simon, Kylie McDonald, Julia Speace, Jessie Edmonds, Stacy Myrick, Nicole Romanowski, Erica Seidman, Brooke Salyer and Kat Serdio. Stumpf preferred to reflect on the groups achievements, not necessarily the loss to Cal Poly.
"These seniors had great careers," he said. "They went to two NCAA Tournaments, won two Big West Tournament championships and won some really big games. They worked very hard and achieved a great deal. I am very proud of them."
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