MALIBU, Calif. – The sunny seaside cliffs of Malibu provided the perfect setting for the first day of the SoCal Tournament, hosted by Pepperdine. The UC Santa Barbara men took home a win against UC San Diego, 12-8, but fell to No. 3 USC, 10-8.
UC San Diego
The Tritons started off the game with a goal, only to lose their lead a possession later with a 6-on-5 goal from Reed Cotterill. The Gaucho 6-on-5 defense would shut down a Triton power play a minute later and return with another goal from Tor Jensen. They continued the momentum with a goal from Spencer Likens off a Triton ejection, and a goal from Nick Jordan in the final seconds of the game. UCSD would put in the final score of the quarter to bring the score to 4-2, Gauchos.
A goal from Shane Hauschild started off the second quarter for Santa Barbara. The Tritons would close the gap slightly a few minutes later with a successful penalty shot, only to have the Gauchos continue their three-point lead with a successful penalty shot from Hauschild. San Diego would score once more to bring the halftime score to 6-4, Gauchos.
The third quarter would feature two goals from each team to keep the two-point gap going into the final quarter. UCSB goals came from Cotterill and Jensen, the latter of which came off a Gaucho power play.
The Gaucho dominance continued in the fourth quarter as the UCSB team held off San Diego for the win. Derek Shoemaker, Thomas Martinho, Boris Jovanovic, and Steven Tedsen contributed goals to the final score of 12-8 over the Tritons.
Santa Barbara came into their second game of the day with a bit of a slower start, giving USC a three-point lead at the end of a first. A 6-on-5 goal from Mitch Hamilton put the Gauchos up on the board, 4-1.
The Gauchos recovered from a shaky start in the second quarter to keep the score gap at three points. Samar Alkateb scored just under the two minute mark, and Derek Shoemaker concluded the first half with a goal succeeding a power play in the final seconds of the quarter.
2-meters powerhouse Nick Jordan opened up the second half with a goal to bring the score to 6-4, USC. The remainder of the quarter would be a point-for-point battle, resulting in just a two-point Trojan lead going in to the fourth quarter. Santa Barbara goals came from Hamilton and Jordan.
The Gauchos started to close the gap in the fourth quarter, with goals from Jovanovic and Hauschild, but it wouldn't be enough to overtake the Trojans. USC would win 10-8.