Gauchos and Bruins to meet in College Cup final
ST. LOUIS -- Sophomore Eric Avila scored the deciding goal on UC-Santa Barbara's fifth penalty kick and the unseeded Gauchos beat Wake Forest 4-3 in the tiebreaker Saturday to advance to the College Cup final.
Santa Barbara will face UCLA on Sunday. The Bruins are seeking for their fifth title and second in five years while the Gauchos are trying to win their first.
Santa Barbara (17-7-0) began its celebration after freshman Zack Schilawski kicked his shot well over the cross bar for second-seeded Wake Forest (18-4-3).
The teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes though both had had plenty of chances. Through the 110 minutes of play, they combined for 27 shots with nine on goal.
David Estrada scored twice in 67 seconds to lift UCLA to a 4-0 upset over Virginia in the first semifinal. A non-scholarship freshman, Estrada powered through a physical defense during both scoring plays to net his 11th and 12th goals of the season. He worked a give-and-go with Kyle Nakazawa inside the fourth-seeded Cavaliers' penalty box before navigating through two defenders and putting the ball to the left of keeper Ryan Burke at the 26:06 mark to give No. 8 UCLA a 1-0 lead.
Estrada's second goal was more of an individual effort. His shot glanced off Burke's outstretched hands and trickled into the right corner of the goal with 24:59 showing on the clock as UCLA (14-5-4) went up 2-0.
Chance Myers and Michael Stephens added late goals to put away Virginia (17-4-1).
The semifinals, originally scheduled for Friday, were postponed because of a major storm that dumped snow and ice throughout the St. Louis area. At the start of the first game, the temperature was 29 degrees.