Cal Ties Gauchos 1-1 In Double OT In Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Sophomore Wyatt Meyer scored his first career goal to give the Cal men's soccer team a first-half lead against host UC Santa Barbara on Sunday night at Harder Stadium. But the Gauchos scored late, and the nonconference affair ended in a 1-1 tie through two overtimes.
The Golden Bears' record is now 0-1-1 after two road games. UCSB has a 1-1-0 record.
In the 19th minute, Cal goalkeeper Chris Gustini played a long ball to Meyer, who was streaking towards the UCSB goal. He outraced three Gaucho defenders to reach the ball and fire it past goalkeeper Leroy Zeller to give Cal a 1-0 lead.
The Bears, who played a strong first half, took the lead into halftime.
UCSB tied the game in the 73rd minute. After Gustini saved a free-kick shot by Thabit Baartman, William Gillingham pounced on the loose ball and scored.
The back-and-forth game went to overtime still knotted at 1-1. With less than a minute remaining in the second OT period, Cal's Juan Martinez hit a free kick that went just wide of the UCSB goal, and the match ended in a tie.
"It was an incredible match to be a part of," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "We put everything we possibly could into the game. The guys should be proud of their effort. It was a huge road result."
Cal next welcomes Dixie State to Edwards Stadium in the home opener on Friday at 1 p.m. and then hosts UNLV in another nonconference game on Sunday at 1 p.m. The latter match will air on the Pac-12 Networks.