UC Santa Barbara 2, Wisconsin-Milwauakee 1 (OT)



Santa Barbara, Calif. - At this point you should just call UC Santa Barbara's top-ranked men's soccer team the Golden Gauchos. For its fifth overtime win of the season in its sixth try, UCSB posted a 2-1 win over 27th-ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee in second round action of the NCAA Tournament. Senior defender Pat Scott netted the golden goal at 102 exactly in the match to advance the Gauchos to their second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance and improve them to 18-2-1 on the season. The Panthers season ends at 14-5-3.

The Gauchos controlled most of the first half, resulting in junior forward Jonathan Davis' fifth goal of the season. Four-time All-Big West defender Tony Lochhead set up Davis on a UCSB corner kick, driving the ball into the box for what wound up being the first of his two assists on the night. Davis met the hard feed about eight yards out near the middle of the frame and hammered a head ball back across the goal and into the side netting to give the Gauchos an early 1-0 lead in the 28th minute.

UWM responded well in the second half, creating three early scoring opportunities before three minutes had even ticked of the clock, but senior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy held his ground making three of his four saves on the night. The Panthers continued to put on the pressure, taking away most of the momentum that Santa Barbara created in the first, but not before First Team All-Big West forward Neil Jones nearly put UCSB up 2-0 when his rocketed shot from 30 yards out careened off the cross bar near the 60th minute.

Milwaukee's persistence paid off when senior forward Antou Jallow chested in his 18th goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1. UWM backup keeper Kirk Thode, who entered the match at halftime, grabbed a Jones deflection and tossed a quick ball out wide to midfielder Trent Furtsch. Furtsch moved the ball up field and sent a deep cross into the left hand corner to Panther forward Dale Weiler. With the Gaucho back-peddling and out-manned, Weiler astutely crosses the ball into the near post, finding the chest of Jallow in the 77th minute.

The remaining 13 minutes of the match went back and forth with neither team creating much of a scoring opportunity. But when the whistle blew for the first of two sudden-victory it was all Gauchos, as UCSB's stout defense did not allow a single Panther shot during extra time.

With just over one minute expired in the final overtime period created the Gauchos' game-winning opportunity, deftly touching a pass past his defender, leaping in the air and pushing the ball across his body, just beyond the center circle. The senior from Auckland, New Zealand collected his pass and streaked down the left side before sending a cross off of his defender and over the touchline for the Gauchos' eighth and final corner kick of the night. Lochhead once again took UCSB's set piece, lofting a perfect cross into the box that found the head of Jones. Jones sent Lochhead's cross along to the back of the penalty box, setting up Scott's heroics. With the ball falling to the ground the First Team All-Big West defender picked it out of the air and hammered home a near post shot for his first career goal and the Gaucho win. Lochhead and Jones' assists on Scott's goal were their sixth and eighth, respectively, putting them one and on Santa Barbara's charts.

UCSB is now a perfect 3-0 in its opening games of the NCAA Tournament, having won its first round game in 2001 and the each of its second round games in the past two seasons after receiving first round byes. Santa Barbara, the No. 9 seed in this year's tourney, will travel to North Carolina to face the No. 8 seed UNC Greensboro on Sunday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

-- Courtesy UC Santa Barbara