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UCSB Gives Up Late Goals and Lose in Overtime to Cal

Broken Record! Poor Defense Costs UCSB Soccer Again as Cal Wins in Overtime

Christian Thierjung's goal in the sixth minute of overtime completed a late comeback and gave visiting Cal a thrilling 3-2 win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night at Harder Stadium.

The game-winner at the 95:37 mark came when Spencer Held played a ball from across the front of the goal and found Thierjung wide open to go one-on-one with Gaucho goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux who couldn't come up with the save.

The Golden Bears put themselves in a position to win it in the overtime on the strength of an outstanding goal that tied the score at 2-2.

In the 87th minute, goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann booted a 50-yard goal kick that went over the top of UCSB's defense and onto the foot of Nick Lima who had gotten behind the defenders. Lima dribble down the right side of the box and pounded a shot into the left corner of the goal.

Less than 10 minutes earlier, at 77:20, the Gauchos had gone on top 2-1 as a cross from Dalton Pando was headed in by Nick DePuy for his fourth goal of the season.

After a scoreless first half, UCSB jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute when Kevin Feucht scored on a header off of a perfect corner kick by Andy Perez. The goal was Feucht's team-leading sixth of the season.

Cal evened the score just less than four minutes later as Jose Carerra-Garcia collected a through-ball from Aravind Sivakumar and slid a shot beyond the reach of a diving Le Roux.

The Gauchos (4-5-0) have now lost five straight matches with the last three coming in heartbreaking fashion.

"I thought we played well and did almost everything right tonight," said head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "But right now, we're bleeding goals. We've given up nine goals in the last three games, all at home, and you can't win like that. In Division I soccer, when you score two goals, you should win and we just didn't."

Both teams had numerous offensive opportunities. Cal outshot UCSB 21-16 overall and 12-10 on goal. Both goalkeepers were generally outstanding. Le Roux finished with a career-high nine saves while Klinsmann had eight.

The Gauchos will open Big West play on the road next weekend, traveling to UC Riverside on Sept. 29 and Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 1.

"Riverside and Fullerton are two of the toughest places to play in the conference and we get them right away," Vom Steeg said. "We'll do what we do. We'll make adjustments and hope for better results. It's all about getting a good seed and two home games in the Big West Tournament. Winning the tournament is our most realistic way to get to the postseason this year, so we have to focus on that."

Story courtesy of UCSB Media Relations

Cal Poly Wins Wild Game Over Montana 42-41

Mustangs Outlast Montana 42-41 for 3rd Straight Win Against Grizzlies

Senior quarterback Dano Graves hit junior slot back Kyle Lewis with a 39-yard touchdown pass with 4:29 to play and Cal Poly held on to beat No. 6 Montana 42-41 in a Big Sky Conference football opener for both teams Saturday afternoon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

After Cal Poly scored the go-ahead touchdown, Montana drove 34 yards in six plays but a 48-yard field goal attempt by Tom Semenza missed wide right with 1:55 to play.

Cal Poly picked up one first down before it was forced to punt with 11 seconds to play. Jerry Louie-McGee returned the punt six yards to his own 17-yard line with one second to go. Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson completed a shot pass to Keenan Curran and the Grizzlies attempted several laterals before B.J. Nard secured the tackle ending the game at about Montana's 23-yard line.

Cal Poly has beaten Montana each of the last three years but the Grizzlies still hold a commanding 15-5 advantage in the series.

With the win, Cal Poly improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Big Sky games. Montana fell to 2-1 and 0-1.

The Mustangs have the longest active regular-season winning streak against the Grizzlies at three games (Liberty, Weber State and Portland State are next with one) and, including playoff games, Cal Poly is No. 1 with three followed by Youngstown State and Western Illinois with two.

The loss spoiled a record-breaking performance by Louie-McGee, who caught a Montana-record 21 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Gustafson completed his first 16 passes of the game and finished 47 of 59 for 418 yards and a pair of scores.

Cal Poly countered with its relentless and nation-leading Triple Option, rushing for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Junior fullback Joe Protheroe netted 90 yards on 17 carries while senior slot back Kori Garcia added 73 yards on 11 trips and Lewis 52 yards on eight carries.

Graves completed six of 10 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, tying his career high for scoring passes set three years ago against Weber State. Lewis was his favorite target with two catches for 48 yards and Protheroe and Kory Fox caught the other scoring passes from Graves.

There were six lead changes in the see-saw battle.

Cal Poly led 28-17 with 5:49 to play in the second quarter on three successive touchdowns – a 20-yard run by Graves, a 13-yard run by Lewis and a 16-yard pass from Graves to Fox -- to wipe out a 17-7 Montana advantage.

The Grizzlies, however, responded by outscoring the Mustangs 24-7 for a 41-35 cushion, setting the stage for Cal Poly's game-winning 39-yard toss from Graves to Lewis. A 24-yard field goal by Tim Semenza gave the Grizzlies their six-point lead with 8:11 to play.

Montana finished with a 485-431 advantage in total offense, netting 418 through the air, and a 25-19 edge in first downs. Time of possession was close with Cal Poly posting a 32-second advantage.

Calhoun led Montana's ground game with 63 yards on 11 carries and also contributed eight catches for 63 yards.

Cal Poly was led defensively by senior rush linebacker Josh Letuligasenoa with 12 tackles, three for lost yardage. Sophomore linebacker Anders Turner added 10 stops. Aaryn Bouzos notched his second interception in as many weeks and Kelly Shepard recovered a Montana fumble. Both turnovers led to Cal Poly touchdowns in the second quarter.

Justin Strong and Connor Strahm each had 11 tackles for Montana and James Banks added 10.

Cal Poly plays its second Big Sky game next Saturday at North Dakota.

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Royals Edge Righetti on Wood s 3rd Goal

Late Goal by Spencer Wood Wins it for San Marcos in Boys Water Polo

Spencer Wood's long distance goal with 26 seconds to play gave San Marcos a 10-9 thrilling win over Righetti in a non league game between boys water polo powers along the Central Coast.

Los Angeles Rams Scoring Big with Central Coast Fans

With the Rams back in Los Angeles, many fans of the team from the Central Coast are now making the short trip south to cheer on the team in historic Memorial Coliseum.

Ocean swimmer raises money for Special Olympics

Island To Shore Swimmer Raises Money For Special Olympics

Rachel Horn said she almost quit after starting her swim at Anacapa Island on Saturday morning, but she kept going.

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SBCC Crushes L.A. Southwest 51-0

It was a historic day for the SBCC football team on Saturday as running back Perry Martin tied a rushing record and the defense posted its first shutout in nearly 15 years in a 51-0 blowout of L.A. Southwest.

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