Oct. 18, 2015
GAUCHOS FALL TO CAL POLY
11,075 watch UC Santa Barbara men lose to archrival
Kody Wakasa scored moments after a red card left UC Santa Barbara with just 10 men Saturday night, lifting Cal Poly to a 3-2 overtime triumph against the visiting Gauchos in front of a sellout crowd of 11,075.
The Blue-Green rivals twice traded goals in the first half, then battled into the 104th minute, when Wakasa netted his first goal of the season from a Jack O'Connor corner kick.
UCSB, which conceded eight goals as it dropped two Big West Conference matches this week, saw its lead in the North Division whittled to just a point by the Mustangs (8-3-3 overall, 3-1-2 BW) and UC Davis (7-6-2, 3-1-2), which drew, 1-1, Saturday with Sacramento State.
The Gauchos, ranked 14th in the nation, dropped to 9-5-1 overall and 4-2-0 in the Big West. The teams meet again next Saturday in Goleta.
Wakasa's goal arrived 3:34 into the second period of the extra session, just 104 seconds after Josue Espana was sent off by referee Baldomero Toledo with his second yellow card.
UCSB outshot Cal Poly, 23-12, and held far more possession, but it had just one more shot on goal, with nine. Wade Hamilton made six saves for the Mustangs.
The Gauchos went ahead through Ismaila Jome, who in the seventh minute scored his second goal this week -- from a Kevin Feucht feed -- after returning from an injury that had sidelined him nearly a month.
Ruben Duran fired Cal Poly even about 3½ minutes later from Justin Dhillon's pass, and Kip Colvey fired the Mustangs in front in the 30th minute from Matt LaGrassa's assists.
UCSB nearly tied the score six minutes later, when Nick DePuy hit the post, then pulled even when Duke transfer Seo-In Kim finished a scramble in the box after a Geoffrey Acheampong corner kick.
The crowd was the 12th-largest in NCAA men's soccer regular-season play. The rivalry has drawn 12 of the 18 best-attended regular-season games since 1980.