UC Santa Barbara Upsets No. 6 Men’s Soccer, 2-0

UC Santa Barbara Upsets No. 6 Men’s Soccer, 2-0

Austin Harms stopped four shots Friday evening against UC Santa Barbara (Photo courtesy of David Silverman)

Goalkeeper Austin Harms recorded four saves for the No. 6 Harvard men's soccer team, but the Crimson suffered its first loss of the season, falling by a score of 2-0 against UC Santa Barbara in a neutral-site game Friday evening.  The loss drops Harvard to 2-1-1 on the year, while the Gauchos earn their first victory and improve to 1-2-2.

In the first half, the Gauchos outshot the Crimson by an 8-2 margin, including 5-1 on net, but Austin Harms made four stops in the period for Harvard.  Late in the 40th minute, UC Santa Barbara's Chris Hunter nailed the crossbar with a shot, and moments later, Gaby Okito sent a ball that Harms grabbed.  The Gauchos continued to pressure until Joe Eubanks received a cross pass in the box from Sam Garza and fired a shot into the left of the goal, making it 1-0 at 42-23.

The Crimson opened the second half of play with back-to-back shots by Zack Wolfenzon and Brian Rogers, but UC Santa Barbara's Sam Hayden was there to make the stops.  With 3:16 remaining in the game, David Opoku put the game out of reach, making it a 2-0 game with a shot from inside the box.  The Crimson managed two shots in the final minutes, but Kyle Henderson's chance was stopped by Hayden and Ross Friedman sent a shot high of the crossbar.

Harvard outshot UC Santa Barbara, 6-2, in the second half, but trailed in shots, 10-8, for the game.  The Crimson had three corner kicks, while the Gauchos earned two.  The Crimson will remain in Albuquerque and will look to rebound against New Mexico Sunday at 2 p.m. EST.