Nov. 21, 2010

Courtesy of Cal

- Davis Paul's golden goal with one second remaining in the first overtime gave sixth-seeded California a 2-1 sudden victory over UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Tournament's second round on Sunday afternoon on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. The Gauchos played most of the game with only 10 men after Luis Silva picked up a red card in the 25th minute.

"It was a very exciting today, obviously," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Lots of back and forth play by both teams. Both teams played very hard. Both teams played very well. It was a close match. It came down to a great play by Davis there at the end, and that was the difference in the game."

The Golden Bears, who improved their record to 13-2-3, move on to play Brown in the NCAA Tournament's third round at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. UCSB ended its season with a 14-5-3 record.

Santa Barbara led, 1-0, after Michael Tetteh scored at 81:48 off an assist by David Opoku. Tetteh was wearing No. 29 after changing out his usual No. 6 jersey, which was stained with his blood after he sustained a knock in the first half.

At 88:20, Cal earned a penalty kick after an infraction in the Gauchos' penalty area. Senior midfielder and co-captain Servando Carrasco calmly stepped to the spot and fired past UCSB goalkeeper Sam Hayden to tie the game at 1-1.

The game when to overtime still knotted at 1-1, marking Cal's 11th overtime game and UCSB's 10th overtime game of the season.

Nice passing set up the goal by Paul, a senior forward and the Pac-10's leader in points entering today's match. With the P.A. announcer counting down the last 10 seconds of the first overtime, sophomore defender Steve Birnbaum found senior midfielder Anthony Avalos on the flank. Hayden rushed towards Avalos, but he could not stop Avalos' eventual cross. Senior midfielder and co-captain Hector Jimenez redirected the ball over to Paul, who blasted the ball into an empty net.

Silva clashed with Carrasco at the 24:12 mark. That play culminated with Silva earning a red card and Carrasco earning a yellow card.

UCSB's Tetteh, Danny Barrera and Machael David each picked up a red card after the game.

It became a tense match after the Gauchos went a man down.

"You've got to keep your composure all the time," Cal senior defender and co-captain A.J. Soares said. "But we're used to that. We've played in many games this year and over our careers, it's just another game. It's nothing different than like we see in the Pac-10. Keep your composure. Sometimes you're down a goal; sometimes you're up a goal. We know what to do in those situations, and we did what we had to do today to win the game."

Playing 10 versus 11 for a little more than 20 minutes, UCSB still outshot Cal, 6-5, in the first half. Cal, though, had the shots advantage in the second half, 10-9. The Bears, who outshot the Gauchos, 3-1, in overtime, wound up with an 18-16 shots advantage.

Cal junior goalkeeper David Bingham made eight saves, while Hayden made five saves for UCSB.

The result sets up a battle between the Golden Bears and the Brown Bears next Sunday.