It's Déjà vu in Scoreless Draw for UCSB, Cal Poly

Ignacio Tellechea (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Ignacio Tellechea (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Playing in front of 10,293 fans, the 21st largest attended men's soccer match in NCAA history and largest this season, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team and Blue-Green rival Cal Poly came up empty for a scoreless draw at Harder Stadium on Saturday night.

For the fifth straight year the match was televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket and for the fourth consecutive season, the two teams battled to a draw, including scoreless draws in back-to-back years.  

"Even though this is a home game for us, we have nine guys who have never played in a game like this," said head coach Tim Vom Steeg.

With a crop of young talent, the Gauchos stayed composed early on and controlled possession as the Mustangs dropped back into a defensive set.

Seo-In Kim and Jan Ilskens put a pair of shots on target for UCSB in the first half, and the Gauchos outshot Cal Poly 4-3 in the first 45 minutes, but it would be the Mustangs who would threaten the most for the remainder of the match.

In the second period, Alan Carrillo had a pair of spectacular saves, one in the 61st minute diving to his left, and another in the 82nd minute diving to his right, to keep the Gauchos and Mustangs deadlocked at 0-0.

In the first overtime, Cal Poly nearly had the golden goal in the 100th minute, but Carrillo came through yet again. A point-blank header of a free kick was deflected away by the freshman keeper and a follow up shot from close range bounced off the post before Carrillo came over to fall on top of it to prevent the threat.

In the final overtime, UCSB outshot the Mustangs 3-0 and William Gillingham had the closest look in the 110th and final minute, but the teams ended the way they began.

Overall, Cal Poly outshot the Gauchos 12-11 while UCSB held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Kim led UCSB with three shots while Sean Goode tallied a game-high five shots for the Mustangs. Carrillo finished with four key saves while Simon Boehme registered three.

After a UC Davis win on Saturday over Sacramento State, the Aggies take hold on the top spot in the Big West North Division with a 4-1-1 conference record for 13 points. UCSB (5-5-4, 3-1-2 Big West) has 11 points and sits in second while Sacramento State is third and Cal Poly is fourth with a 5-8-1, 1-4-1 record.

UCSB heads out on the road for a key divisional match against Sacramento State this Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m.