After winning their season opener vs the cup cake opponent of the year, the Gauchos traveled to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
In a game where West Virginia set a school record for a attendance, UCSB spoiled the big celebration winning 2-0. Waid Ibrahim scored in the 15th minute. Then in the 65th minute, Gaucho senior David Walker scored on a pass from Martin Hedevag. The Mountaineers never recovered and fell to 0-1-0 while the Gauchos improved to 2-0-0.
In the rubber match up on an early September day, the Gauchos took the field vs the Panthers of Pittsburgh. With the crowd at a dismal 207, the few fans really got a show. The Panthers struck first with a goal by Ryan Brode in the 7th minute. With an answer at need, David Walker provided that with a shot to the far post which tied the game at 1 a piece. Then in the 38th minute, Pitt got back on top with a goal from Mike McDade. Then early in the second half, Danny Berrea put it in the back of the net. With the score 2-2 and late in the game, Pitt got another goal. This one came from the foot of Mike McDade to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the 81st minute. With time running out and hope slipping away, David Walker tied the game with a goal in the 87th minute which forced overtime. Then in the 110th minute, Danny Berrea sent in a cross which found Martin Hedevag's head which put the ball in the goal. The Gauchos won 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
Next up for the Gauchos are two home games at Harder Stadium. They will play Rutgers on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel. Then on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m., the Gauchos take on the Lions of Loyola Marymount!