Nov. 5, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
It took two overtime periods, but fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara finally cracked UC Davis' defensive shell in the 106th minute as Neil Jones drove a blast past Aggie goalkeeper Charles Warne to lead the Gauchos past UC Davis 1-0 in a men's soccer match Friday evening.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 5-8-1 on the season while the Gauchos improve to 14-2-1.
After the first overtime period came and went with neither team registering a shot on goal, the Gaucho offense found a way to break through in the second. Junior midfielder Bryan Byrne played a ball inside to senior forward Drew McAthy for a give-and-go from the left flank. Byrne carried the ball inside the penalty box where he was tackled 12 yards from the touch the touch-line. With Byrne down on the ground in the box senior defender Tony Lochhead picked up the loose ball about 35 yards and promptly played the ball out wide to freshman midfielder Tyler Rosenlund near the corner flag. Rosenlund worked the ball back up the left side and slid a pass to Jones near the corner of the penalty box. Jones took one-touched to settle the ball, faced the frame, and fired a 35-yard blast over and past a diving Warne and into the back of the net by way of the top right corner. The golden goal was Jones' ninth tally this season.
The Aggies executed well defensively the entire match, playing ten men behind the ball for most of the four periods, but the Gauchos created numerous scoring opportunities on runs down the sideline. Although it registered just four shots two shots in the first half, UCSB had a multitude of crossing passes that were either deflected or punched out.
Santa Barbara wound up outshooting the Aggies 17-4 on the night and did not allow a single UC Davis shot until the 79th minute of the match, a high, lofting shot that sailed left. Senior Ryan Shaw's one-on-one opportunity in the 86th minute was the Aggies' best chance to score, but he was denied by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who made a spectacular diving save to preserve the shutout.
Warne finished the night with five saves while the Gauchos held a commanding 17-0 edge in corner kicks.
UC Davis is next in action on Saturday when it faces Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.