UC Santa Barbara defied history to beat UCLA, 2-1, in the final of the Men's College Cup Sunday and win its first NCAA Division I men's championship.
The Gauchos' victory over
UCLA was their first since 1982 and only the second in 33 meetings. UCLA came into the final the favorite after its 4-0 demolition of fourth seed Virginia in Saturday's semifinals, but the unseeded
Gauchos won on goals by Spaniard Nick Perera
and former U.S. U-17 resident Eric Avila.