DU Soccer Loses 1-0 In 2nd Overtime

The DU Mens Soccer team lost a bitter NCAA Tournament game 1-0 in the 2nd Overtime to Cal-Santa Barbara on Thursday night. Despite being outshot 31-4 and never even receiving a corner kick, the Pioneers hung on desperately hoping to force the game to Penalty Kicks. The Pioneers came within 7 minutes of perhaps pulling off a stunning upset, but Cal-Santa Barbara was too strong.

UCSB Sophomore Waid Ibrahim scored in the 105th minute, propelling UC Santa Barbara (14-4-3) to the victory over Denver (9-7-4) at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

The game-winning play began when junior Danny Barrera’s pass up top was deflected by a Denver defender to Ibrahim, who scored with a shot from 16 yards out.


puck swami said...

Tragic ending for the Pios. They were only 6 minutes from PKs, and the chance to steal a win.

puck swami said...

UCSB was ranked #8 in the nation. The Pios were not ranked, and were around 41-43 in RPI in the 48 team tourney.

Seems to me they did very well to push the Gauchos to double OT.

dggoddard said...

What a fantastic effort by the team last night. With Willis standing 6'5 and playing lights out, who knows what would of happened if it went to penalty kicks.

Anonymous said...

Double OT is surprising. It looks like they were totally out played to me.

puck swami said...

Of course DU was outplayed. UCSB is ranked #8 and was playing at home before thousands. DU was about #42 and on the road.

That said, DU hung tough, force double OT and almost took it to PKs. When you get to PKs, you never know.

The Pioneers overachieved to get as far as they did.