After stuttering through the first two games of league play, the No. 12 UCSB men’s soccer team has increased its Big West win streak to two games after last night’s 6-0 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton. The squad’s six goals in 16 shot attempts marks the best shooting percentage in any game UCSB has had this season.
“It’s been long coming in terms of us creating a lot of chances,” Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg said. “We got goals out of David [Opoku] and that’s really what we’ve been missing.”
With the win UCSB improves to 9-3-1 overall and 2-2 in Big West play. CSUF drops to 6-4-2 overall and remains winless in league with a 0-3 Big West record.
The Gauchos’ six goals came on just 16 shot attempts, and the four players that scored marks the most amount of players with goals during any game played this year.
Junior forward Sam Garza sparked the Gaucho scoring streak with his second goal in two consecutive games during the 16th minute of the first half. Senior midfielder Luis Silva followed suit with a goal less than 15 minutes later on a free kick from 30 yards out.
The second half saw the UCSB scoreboard run up even more with a goal from sophomore forward David Opoku from inside the six yard goal box.
“All season the coaches have been telling me if you’re in the six, it’s easier to score because you’re closer to the goal,” Opoku said. “Silva hit a very good ball from the outside and it was about time I shoot it when I had a chance.”
Just minutes later junior midfielder Josue Madueno boosted the Gaucho lead to 4-0 after directing a cross pass into the goal.
Opoku and Silva rounded out the UCSB total after scoring one more each during the final 20 minutes of the game. With the goals, the duo continues its leading rank amongst Big West offensive players. Opoku’s seven goals on the year is good enough for second-most in league, second only to Silva’s nine.
UCSB returns to the practice field until travelling to Cal Poly for a rivalry matchup this coming Friday.