Oct. 11, 2011
Goleta, Calif. - Luis Silva and David Opoku each scored a pair of goals Tuesday night to lead No. 12-ranked UC Santa Barbara to a lopsided 6-0 men's soccer win over visiting Cal State Fullerton.
The Gauchos improved to 9-3-1 overall and 2-2 in the Big West while the Titans fell to 6-4-2 and 0-3 in losing their third match in succession.
UCSB had a small advantage in shots, 16-13, but cashed in many of its opportunities.
"It was unfortunate to find ourselves down 0-2 at the half because we created numerous chances," said Head Coach Bob Ammann. "We had a half dozen corners, a couple set pieces in good areas and good spells of possession but nothing to show for it.
"We were aware of UCSB's attack and some of the difficulties they've had throughout the season with finishing. We were hoping for it to continue but unfortunately for us they got on track tonight. The game came down to their precision in the attack and our inability to convert our chances. Hats off to them.
"We have three days to get ready for the biggest game (UCR) of the season and need to make sure we have put this behind us."
Sam Garza started the scoring in the 16th minute with an assist from Dom Sarle. The Gauchos took a 2-0 lead into halftime after Silva scored an unassisted goal in the 40th minute on a free kick from about 40 yards that deflected off a Titan defender.
UCSB put the match away with three goals in a span of about 12 minutes midway through the second half. The Gauchos' Andre Grandt needed to make only 3 saves for the shutout in the net.
Fullerton has lost 11 matches in a row at UCSB dating to 2001.
Fullerton is home to UC Riverside on Saturday night.