November 4, 2007

Gauchos Drop Season-Finale at Long Beach State, 2-1

Nov. 4, 2007

Box Score

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team lost a 2-1 decision to Long Beach State in its season-finale on Sunday afternoon. The Gauchos finished the season with a 6-10-4 overall record and a 3-4-1 in league play. The 49ers will share the regular season championship and advance to the Big West Tournament.

The Gauchos fell behind early in the second half as Kim Silos tallied a goal. She took a pass from Sahar Haghdan and blasted a shot from 30 yards out to make it 1-0. Haghdan then benefited from a Silos saved shot, in the 61st minute, scoring on the rebound after Kristen Kiefer sent it into the box.

Silos had a goal and assist to lead the 49ers, who out shot the Gauchos 19-to-11 and had posted a shutout until the final 40 seconds of the contest.

LBSU will share the Big West title with Cal State Fullerton, and possibly Cal Poly, depending on the Mustangs outcome at Cal State Northridge today. Cal Poly must win in order to tie for the championship and host the conference tournament starting on Friday. The Titans will host if it remains a two-way tie. UC Irvine is the final team in the four-team draw.

Silos started the scoring 45 seconds into the second half, taking a pass from Sahar Haghdan and scoring from 30 yards out to make it 1-0. Haghdan then benefited from a Silos saved shot, in the 61st minute, scoring on the rebound after Kristen Kiefer sent it into the box.

Over the first 25 minutes of the second half, LBSU outshot the Gauchos 9-to-3 to build a 2-0 advantage after an even first half saw the 49ers take six shots and UCSB, five.

UCSB tallied their only score at 89:20, when Michelle Russell scored on a rebounded shot by Katrina Wright which was one of five saves by goalkeeper Breanna Truelove.

UCSB,s Sami Svrcek nearly cut the lead in half in the 63rd minute but Truelove made a save before the 49er defense cleared it out. Truelove made another save in the first half, after Kailyn Kugler,s second opportunity over a 90 second stretch in the 15th minute was caught. Kugler had gone 1-v-1 with Truelove moments earlier, but missed a shot wide.

Kiefer had her own opportunity to put the 49ers on the board in the 13th minute, taking two shots, the first being saved, one of six saves by goalkeeper Katie Wright.