Late Goal Gives USF 1-0 Win Over UCSB

Amanda Ball (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Amanda Ball (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SAN FRANCSISCO - Amanda Whittle took a pass from Alex Alugas on the left side the 18-yard box, deked a UC Santa Barbara defender and rifled a shot past goalkeeper Beth Ritter, into the far right portion of the goal in the 86th minute to give the University of San Francisco a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium on the USF campus.

Whittle's goal shattered a scoreless tie and gave her team its first win of the season. The Gauchos (0-2-0) return home after dropping a pair of shutouts. They will try to get into the win column on Friday, Aug. 28 when they host San Jose State in a 5:00 p.m. match on Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

Sunday's match was played pretty evenly until the game-winner. Led by sophomore Amanda Ball, UCSB produced several dangerous attacks in the first and second halves. Ball, who produced a pair of goals as a freshman in 2014, played her second . She had a handful of outstanding dribble-drives and finished with four shots overall, including three on target. On Friday at St. Mary's, Ball had two shots and one on frame. 

USF goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel was up to the task as she stopped all five of the Gauchos' on-target shots. 

UCSB goalkeeper Beth Ritter was outstanding as she produced five saves. Her finest save came late in the second half when Alugas received a corner kick about 10 yards in front of the goal mouth, settled the ball and blasted a shot. Ritter used her cat-quick reactions and punched the ball, with two hands, off the cross bar and out of play. The Dons receieved a corner kick, but the save was spectacular.

Overall, Santa Barbara had eight shots, five of which were on goal. Ball's performance - often going 1-on-1 with an opposing defender - was outstanding but did not result in score. 

UCSB's Aug. 28 game against San Jose State will precede a Gaucho men's match against nationally-ranked Stanford, which is slated to kick-off at 7:30 pm