With the start of a new season in the air, the tenth ranked Gauchos defeated their in state opponent 3-1.
The Gauchos started off with a bang by scoring in the 6th minute. On a corner kick, the Gauchos Danny Berrea's kick reached super sophomore Luis Silva who headed the ball towards Michael Nonni who used his noggin to pass it to Martin Hedevag for the goal.
In the tenth minute, dazzling footwork and super ball handling skills by Silva resulted in a stellar pass with the heel of his foot to Danny Berrea. Berrea passed it to the freshman striker Nonni who deposited it at the back of the net.
With the Gauchos out shooting the Roadrunners 17-3 in the game, it looked like this was going to be a blow out. Then, the Bakersfield footballers got good acting from there drama majors which resulted with a penalty kick. Oscar Coppieters then kicked it in the top right part of the goal, slightly kicking it past the Gaucho goalie for the goal which made the score 2-1.
Most of the second half was a stale mate until Michael Nonni dribbled it past the Bakersfield goalie to make it 3-1. This was Nonni's second of the game and in the exhibition vs. Westmont, he scored two goals in his debut.
UCSB is now 2-0-0 vs. CSU Bakersfield. The loss drops the Roadrunners to 0-1-0. The Gauchos now hit the road for the West Virginia University/Nike Classic in Morgantown, W. Va. They will play the Mountaineers of West Virginia on Friday at 5 p.m. PT. They will then play West Virginia's Backyard Brawl rivals, Pittsburgh, on Sunday at 8 a.m PT.
P.. The Gauchos mascot, Ole, who I ripped in one of my earlier posts, stole my hat and was beating up 8 year olds. How dare him!
Shots on Goal: CSUB-1 UCSB-7
Corner Kicks: CSUB-1 UCSB-7
Yellow Cards: CSUB-1 UCSB-2