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Gauchos pull out of playoff hunt after ref assault
by Paul Kennedy, October 29th, 2012 8:52PM

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[UC SANTA BARBARA] UC Santa Barbara has pulled its men's soccer team out of postseason contention after defender Peter McGlynn was handcuffed and taken away when he assaulted referee Reed Christy following the Gauchos' 2-1 loss to UC Davis for their third straight overtime loss.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark W. Massari announced Monday that McGlynn had been removed from the team, head coach Tim Vom Steeg has been suspended for the next game at Sacramento State and UCSB will will forego any opportunity for postseason play this season.

According reports from those at the game, UCSB was upset with Christy's decision not to whistle a foul on goalie Austin Mansker before Matt Sheldon scored the golden goal. McGlynn, who had earlier in overtime been issued his second yellow card of the game, shoved Christy from behind and the referee fell to the ground.

According to KEYT-TV, McGlynn was released without being charged.

UCSB began the 2012 season with a 12-game inbeaten streak (9-0-3) but is 1-5-0 since then to fall to 9-5-3.

This wasn't the first time UCSB has been involved in a messy postgame incident.

The NCAA handed suspension to three UCSB players Michael Tetteh, Danny Barrera and Machael David and a public reprimand to Vom Steeg for their actions after UCSB's controversial 2-1 loss to Cal in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
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4 comments
  1. Charles Stamos
    commented on: October 29, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.
    Not surprising. Everytime I watch a game on TV from UCSB, I am amazed that the referee allows the game to continue with tortillas, bottles, and crap being flung onto the field. If I was the ref, the stands would be cleared before the game continued after anything is thrown onto the field.

  1. Sam Rogers
    commented on: October 29, 2012 at 10:19 p.m.
    The guy just cost his fellow seniors and teammates a chance at postseason play. I applaud the UCSB AD for taking the action that he did. The coach needs some counseling as well.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: October 30, 2012 at 12:19 a.m.
    I agree with both comments, yet I fault the UCSB administration for continuing to permit the fans to shower disrespect - not just 'case it's tortillas they toss on to the field - but plain, and disgusting disrespect of the game. That the university administration did not halt this un-sportsman behavior tells me that it was in agreement with the fans. And I must also admit that knowing the Coach, I am very dismayed at his not doing all he could to not only control the fans, but his players. Come on now Coach Tim, you know better, but because you obviously did not teach/coach your players, is no wonder they lower themselves to disrespect the game?

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: October 30, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.
    This is rampant in society, usually a handful of people ruin things for all! Everyone needs to have skin in the game, and from top down, there should be consequences! I applaud the decision to forego post-season play as a means of conveying how the behaviors exhibited, will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, it seems the only way to get groups/individuals to police themselves, is to penalize them hard to get there attention! I've had some uncomfortably heated games on both sides of the touchline, and just hope someone will have my back both to keep me safe on the field, and administratively from those in charge.


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