UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Don't tell Westmont College that it's only an exhibition game.
For the first time since 2000, NAIA school Westmont defeated perennial NCAA power UCSB in men's soccer.
The Warriors won 2-1 in the annual meeting between the two neighbors in front of 1,460 fans at UC Santa Barbara.
The Warriors struck first on a corner kick.
Senior Blake Homan scored on an assist from Augie Andrade in the 23rd minute and Westmont carried their 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Warriors struck again in the 83rd minute on a 2-1 breakaway.
Andrade scored on an assist from Gabriel McEwen.
The Gauchos just avoided the shutout as Derek Kryzda scored unassisted with just four seconds remaining in the game.
The win is a great way for Dave Wolf and the Warriors to head into their season opener at home on August 26 against San Bernardino at noon.
UCSB outshot Westmont 10-4 but this loss just raises more questions about the upcoming season.
The Gauchos have already lost their best player for the year as senior Kevin Feucht injured his acl in the first practice of the season.
UCSB hosts St. Mary's on Friday, August 25 to begin the season.