No. 6 UCSB Defeats No. 12 Pepperdine

Mitch Hamilton (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Mitch Hamilton (Photo by Tony Mastres)

In Sunday afternoon's game against Pepperdine, a hat trick and two assists from Derek Shoemaker and a pair of goals from Bois Jovanovic and Mitch Hamilton led to a win by nine points. The final score of the game was 17-8.

At the start of the first quarter, Pepperdine scored the first goal of the game. However, UCSB would soon respond with a goal by Derek Shoemaker made off of a 6-on-5 play, tying the game at 1-1.  With almost four minutes left in the first quarter, Shoemaker scored another goal, giving UCSB a one-point lead at 2-1.

The second quarter was a slow one with only two goals from Mitch Hamilton and Shoemaker. There were four exclusions total, but neither team was able to take advantage of their 6-on-5 opportunities and turn them into additional points. The score heading into halftime was 4-1. 

Pepperdine opened the second half with their second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-2. The Gauchos responded less than a minute later with a goal by Shane Hauschild. In the next two minutes, both Nick Jordan and Liam Gaughan would find the back of the net boosting the score a couple more points to 7-2. Following UCSB's six point scoring streak, Pepperdine was finally able to respond with one more goal before the end of the quarter. The score heading into fourth was 10-3.

The first two Gaucho goals of the final quarter went unanswered for about four minutes, until Pepperdine scored a goal of their own, making the score 12-5. Two goals form Boris Jovanovic and singles from Hauschild, Tor Jensen and Anthony Buljan would put the Gauchos up by nine points at the end of the game.

Chris Whitelegge tallied nine save for this game.

UCSB's next match will be this Friday, Nov. 20 in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.