Sept. 26, 2009

Courtesy of UCSB

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior Raymundo Reza scored two goals and assisted on another to lift the San Diego State men's soccer team to a 4-2 victory over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara Friday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck. The win stretched the Aztecs' (2-2-2) unbeaten streak to four games.

SDSU, which has now scored 11 goals over its last four matches after managing just one over its first two, struck first in the 22nd minute when Reza was on the receiving end of a pass by junior Khadim Diouf. On the play, Diouf beat a UCSB defender and slid a pass to a breaking Reza, who calmly touched it into the right-corner from about 10 yards.

The Gauchos answered at the 27:42 mark when Luis Silva got through the defense and finished a 1-v-1 against junior goalkeeper Brad Byrns (Alamo, Calif.).

SDSU responded less than four minutes later thanks to a heads-up play by Reza and senior Jamel Wallace. After Reza was taken down just outside the 18-yard box, causing UCSB's Machael David to receive a yellow card, Reza flicked a ball over the UCSB wall to a streaking Wallace who corralled the pass and sent it into the right corner from eight yards out.

It appeared the Aztecs were going to go into halftime with a 3-1 advantage when senior Evan Toft scored on a long throw-in by Reza in the waning moments. The goal, however, was waved off because of a SDSU handball and the score would remain 2-1, San Diego State, after 45 minutes.

At the break, the Aztecs had all three corner kicks, while owning a 5-4 shot advantage (3-1 on net).

The Gauchos wasted no time tying the match in the second half as Michael Nonni took a pass from Peter McGlynn and fired it off the far post from 15 yards at 46:00.

In the 61st minute, freshman Jose Altamirano laid a pass back to Reza on a set piece. Reza pushed it to his right and drilled a 23-yard attempt off a UCSB defender and into the right-corner for the eventual game-winner and his second tally of the day.

At the 71:43 mark, sophomore Andre Acevedo sent in a free kick over the Gaucho wall and just over the crossbar, which would have put the game out of reach.

Toft would do the trick in the 76th minute after receiving a pass from freshman Morgan Sacco and ripping a 22-yard shot from the middle of the field into the left-corner. It was Toft's third goal of the season and Sacco's third assist.

Waid Ibrahim had UCSB's last quality chance in the 83rd minute when he got free on a breakaway. Byrns was there, however, to make the diving stop and secure SDSU's first victory over the Gauchos since 1998.

San Diego State won the corner kick battle by a healthy 6-1 margin, but was edged in shots, 13-9.

UCSB returns home on Sunday, Sept. 27 to host defending Big West Champion UC Irvine. The match will mark the start of the league schedule and is scheduled to kick-off at about 6:30 p.m. The Gaucho-Anteater contest will follow a match between the UCSB and UCLA women's teams. The Bruins enter that one ranked third in the nation.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.