Aug 24, 2014 6:54 PM by Travis Clark
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team completed a perfect opening weekend to the 2014 season with a 2-0 win over visiting Southern Utah on Sunday afternoon at Harder Stadium.
Against Southern Utah (0-1-), UCSB scored the first goal of the match in the 12th minute when senior Indiana Mead carried the ball to the right end line, pivoted to her right and rifled a pass into the front of the goal.
The Gauchos made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when Dakota Griggs slid a pass from the right side of the goalmouth into the middle where Savannah Francis was positioned. The junior settled the ball and poked a shot into the left of the far post. It was her first goal of the season.
"This was another solid performance for us," Stumpf said. "We had a significant possession advantage of 65-to-35 and the result was a 20-to-5 advantage in shots and, more importantly a 2-0 score. To have two shutouts in two games this early in the season feels good."
Overall, UCSB dominated Sunday's match to the tune of a 20-5 shot advantage, including 7-1 in shots on goal, and a monstrous 12-0 edge in corner kicks. Much of the reason for the domination was the play of the team's defensive midfielders.
The Gauchos will play on road for their next three games, traveling to Dayton (Aug. 29), Cincinnati (Aug. 31) and Stanford (Sept. 4), before returning home to host Loyola Marymount at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Harder Stadium.
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