In front of a strong 2,341 fans, The Gauchos kicked off their season the right way by defeating their cross town rivals 3-1 at Harder Stadium.
Westmont, the clear underdog, struck first on a goal by Ben Gordon in the 59th minute which silenced the Gaucho faithful and gave the Westmont fans something to cheer about.
It took 14 minutes for the Gauchos to strike back but when they did they scored a bonanza of goals. In the 74th and 79th, Freshman striker Michael Nonni deposited two goals in the back of the net. Then in the 85th minute, Martin Hedevag was able to explode past the Westmont defense and give the Gauchos an extra insurance goal.
UCSB out shot the Warriors 21-7 and 9-4 on shots on goal. David Walker and Michael Tetteh led the Gauchos with 4 goals a piece.
The Gauchos next game is on September 1st when CS Bakersfield comes to Harder Stadium to take on the #10 Gauchos!