By ARTHUR WILKIE
UCSB SPORTS WRITER
The UCSB women’s soccer team (6-6-3, 4-1-1) continued its strong start to conference play, earning its second consecutive 2-0 win on Sunday evening over Cal State Bakersfield (1-10-2, 0-3-1).
The Gauchos opened the scoring in the 15th minute, when a left wing cross from junior forward Elise Ziem found freshman midfielder Shaye Douglas near the penalty spot. The Corona native rose high above her defender and sent a perfectly placed, looping header just inside the left post to beat Roadrunner goalkeeper Flavia Burrell.
In the 78th minute, the Gauchos doubled their lead. A cross sent into the box from the right side led to a push in the back and a penalty for defender Emma Vanderhyden. The senior fired away with pace and precision, beating Burrell again to the left post even though she guessed right.
With their second straight 2-0 shutout at UCSB Harder Stadium, the Gauchos have come away with four consecutive clean sheets. They have not allowed a goal over the last six hours, 44 minutes and 35 seconds of game time.
Here are some other notable facts:
— With their second goals of the season, both Douglas and Vanderhyden find themselves in a four-way tie for the team-lead alongside Lauren Helwig and Alyssa O’Brien.
— Ziem’s assist in the 15th minute was her first of the year and her third as a Gaucho.
— Vanderhyden’s goal was UCSB’s first from the penalty spot since Sept. 6, 2018 (Shaelan Murison).
— Santa Barbara recorded nine shots for the fifth straight outing. They had no more than eight shots in each of their five previous contests.
Arthur Wilkie is a sports writer based at UCSB.