No. 6 Gauchos Take Down No. 12 Pepperdine; Suffer 11-9 Loss to No. 4 USC in Day One of SoCal Tournament

No. 6 Gauchos Take Down No. 12 Pepperdine; Suffer 11-9 Loss to No. 4 USC in Day One of SoCal Tournament

LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (9-5, 0-2) almost willed its way into this year's SoCal Tournament semifinals. Opening the day against No. 12 Pepperdine (7-7, 0-2), Santa Barbara rolled through the Waves with an impressive 11-7 victory. Matched up against No. 4 USC (14-2, 2-0) for the second time in as many weeks, the Gauchos came close to pulling out a comeback victory. Eventually suffering a tight 11-9 quarterfinal loss to the Trojans, Santa Barbara will now face off against No. 8 UC San Diego (7-7) tomorrow at 8 a.m.

The Gauchos got off to a fast start against twelfth-ranked Pepperdine as UCSB scored three opening period goals. Junior Samer Alkateb opened the scoring for the Gauchos with a 6:07 power play goal. UCSB netted its second goal with a 4:47 score from junior, Kevin Cappon. The Waves answered back late in the opening period to pull within one of the Gaucho lead. With :24 seconds remaining and a 6-on- 5 opportunity, senior Brendan McElroy scored his first of two goals in the game to help produce a 3-1 lead for Santa Barbara. Pepperdine quickly struck its second goal as the Waves capitalized on its own power play situation with four seconds remaining.

Leading 3-2 at the start of the second period, UCSB quickly opened the score with three unanswered goals in the second period. Freshman Shane Hauschild netted the first goal of the second period on a 7:26 strike. Junior utility Chase Racich scored his twelfth goal of the season to increase the Gaucho lead to 5-2. With another power play goal from McElroy, UCSB dominated the second quarter on both sides of the ball to lead, 6-2, at the half.

Racich continued the dominant play with an early third period goal to increase the lead to 7-2. Midway through the period, Pepperdine finally got on the board with its third score of the match. The Gauchos kept its foot on the gas pedal as UCSB tallied another run of three straight goals that stretched into the final period. Juniors Tor Jensen and Cameron Yates each scored in the third period, while Cappon capped off the run with his second goal of the game at the 6:20 mark in the fourth quarter.

Scoring his second goal of the game, Hauschild increased the Gaucho lead to 11-4. Sitting on a seven goal lead in the final minutes of the match, UCSB cruised to an impressive 11-7 win over Pepperdine in its Socal Tournament opener.

Facing No. 4 Southern California in the SoCal Tournament Quarterfinals, UCSB looked to avenge its previous two losses to the Trojans this season.

Falling into an early 2-0 hole to Southern California, UCSB bounced back with a run of three straight goals. Junior Nicholas Jordan opened the scoring with a two meter shot while Bryan Snyder and Cameron Yates each scored a power play goal to give the Gauchos the 3-2 edge.

Much like the last meeting, the Trojans erupted for another five goal outburst to extend the score to 7-3 in the third quarter. After being completely shutout in the second period, UCSB bounced back with urgency in the third quarter. Snyder jump started the mini Gaucho run with another 6-on-5 goal at the 5:30 mark. With a score from Hauschild and another power play goal from Alkateb, UCSB pulled within one to make the score, 7-6. USC answered with a late third quarter goal to make the score 8-6 heading into the final period.

UCSB once again pulled within one from the lead after a 6:03 score from Alkateb. With back-to-back goals from USC, the Gauchos faced an 11-8 deficit with less than four minutes remaining. Strategy came into play and with little time remaining, UCSB was only able to score one more power play goal from freshman Josh Jordan. Ultimately, the Trojans escaped with a narrow 11-9 win against the Gauchos.

McElroy, Alkateb and Hauschild all led the Gauchos offense in scoring today, as the trio each tallied three goals apiece. Starting in the cage for both matches today, junior goalkeeper Chris Whitelegge added 13 more saves in today's action

Splitting day one at the SoCal Tournament, UCSB will now face off against No. 8 UC San Diego. The Gauchos are slated to play at 8 a.m. against the Tritons, tomorrow at Spieker Aquatics Center. With a win, Santa Barbara will face the winner between No. 5 Long Beach State and No. 7 Pacific.

UCSB 11, Pepperdine 7

 

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Final

UCSB

3

3

3

2

11

Pepperdine

2

0

1

4

7

UCSB Goals: Brendan McElroy (2) Shane Hauschild (2) Kevin Cappon (2) Chase Racich (2) Tor Jensen, Cameron Yates, Samer Alkateb
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (5) Liam Lenihan (3)

Pepperdine Goals: Brock Liebhardt (2) Kenneth Keller (2), Charles Olsen, Luke Hewko, Robert Beck
Pepperdine Saves: Zack Rhodes (8)

USC 11, UCSB 9

 

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USC

3

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11

UCSB

3

0

3

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9

USC Goals: Kostas Genidounias (3) Rex Butler (3) Nick Bell, Marc Vonderweidt, Mihaljo Milicevic, Bryce Hoerman, Mac Carden
USC Saves: McQuin Baron (14)

UCSB Goals: Bryan Snyder (2) Samer Alkateb (2) Brendan McElroy, Nicholas Jordan, Shane Hauschild, Andrew Judge, Cameron Yates
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (8)