Coming in as the #1 seed and a top 5 team in the country, the Gauchos look primed for a Big West Championship and the first game of tournament went their way as they defeated CS Northridge 1-0.
Junior Michael Boxall got the Gauchos on the score board in the 72nd minute when Luis Silva struck a shot, it was deflected and the defender headed it in for his first career goal.
The goal propelled the Gauchos into the Big West Championship game for the 2nd straight year and will face UC Irvine Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium.
Goalie Sam Hayden recorded his 14th shutout of the year and that is a new UCSB record and also ties the Big West record.
Before the soccer game, go to the Men's Basketball game vs. Cal State LA at 3:00 p.m. at The Thunderdome!!