SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Providence rallied but fell short at UC Santa Barbara 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. With the win UCSB (15-6-1) will travel to face Creighton on Nov. 27 in the third round. The Friars, who were making their sixth NCAA tournament end the season at 11-8-1.
The Gauchos struck first in the sixth minute on Luis Silva’s 17th goal of the season. Josue Madueno played a cross from the right side to Silva who ran onto the ball before ripping a left-footed shot from 12 yards into the net.
The Friars put more pressured on in the latter stages of the first half, but Madueno gave the Gauchos a 2-0 lead in the 41st minute. Madueno took a pass at the top of the 18-yard box, eluded a defender, before tucking a shot into the lower left corner from 12 yards out.
Early in the second half, junior Marc Cintron nearly cut the lead in half when his shot from eight yards out in the 48th minute was turned aside by UCSB goalkeeper Andre Grandt.
Providence was able to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 68th minute as freshman Brandon Adler scored his first collegiate goal. Sophomore Anthony Baumann played a corner kick to the back post to Adler, whose header appeared to be cleared off the line, but the referee ruled that it had crossed the goal line.
The Gauchos regained their two-goal lead as Dom Sarle scored in the 72nd minute. The Friars kept battling back and cut the lead to 3-2 and were awarded a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.
Baumann stepped up to the penalty spot and ripped a shot into the lower left corner as Grandt dove to the other side. It marked his first collegiate goal. Providence kept pressuring UCSB, but could not score the equalizer.