UC Santa Barbara 1, UC Irvine 0
SANTA BARBARA — A penalty kick in the 21st minute was the difference in the Big West Conference opener Sunday at Harder Stadium.
No. 23-ranked UCI, the defending Big West champion, fell to 6-3.
No. 7-ranked UCSB is now 6-2-1.
Victor Chinchilla had three saves in his first start, as UCI sophomore goalie Andrew Fontein sat out due to a leg injury.