Oct. 25, 2015
NEARLY 15K SEE GAUCHOS DRAW
UC Santa Barbara men can't halt late rally by No. 23 Cal Poly
The second-largest crowd to watch a regular-season NCAA men's soccer game were treated to a dramatic clash Saturday night in Goleta, as No. 23 Cal Poly rallied with two late goals -- the equalizer with just six seconds to go in regulation -- for a 2-2 Big West Conference draw with archrival UC Santa Barbara.
Freshman Jared Pressley knocked home a rebound mere moments before the finish to disappoint most among 14,919 at Harder Stadium on the UCSB campus. The only bigger crowd: 15,896 to see the Gauchos face UCLA at Harder in 2010.
UCSB-Cal Poly meetings have drawn 13 of the 19 best-attended Division I soccer games since 1980. Last week's meeting in San Luis Obispo, a 3-2 Cal Poly victory in overtime, was seen by 11,075.
Ahinga Selemani and Nick DePuy scored first-half goals for the Gauchos (10-5-2 overall, 5-2-1 BWC), who hold a one-point lead on Cal Poly (9-3-4, 4-1-3) in the Big West's North Division with two games to go.
UCSB dominated play in the first half and went ahead on Selemani's 11th-minute redirection of a Geoffrey Acheampong cross. DePuy scored his 13th goal of the season in the 43rd minute, heading home Cody Gibson's cross after a deft ball up the right flank from Seo-In Kim.
The Mustangs took charge after the break and halved the deficit in the 72nd minute, when Chase Minter finished a Jack O'Connor cross into the top-right corner.
Pressley's 90th-minute equalizer followed a Kip Colvey cross into UCSB's box, leading to a scramble in front of the goal. The ball found Matt LaGrassa at the left post, but Gauchos goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg parried away the shot, and O'Connor's mishit rolled a few feet to Pressley, who poked it into the open net.
O'Connor assisted Cal Poly's overtime winner a week earlier.
UCSB is home Wednesday against Sacramento State.