Gauchos Fall at No. 7 UCLA, 3-1

Madeline Gibson (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Madeline Gibson (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

LOS ANGELES - Madeline Gibson scored on a header off a pass from Marissa Savoldi for UC Santa Barbara's sole tally in a 3-1 loss at 7th-Ranked UCLA on Sunday evening in Westwood. 

Gibson, who paced the Gauchos in assists as a junior, notched her first goal of the season on a beautiful play that was initiated by junior Mallory Hromatko.

Hromatko crossed the ball from right-to-left, to Savoldi. Savoldi settled the sphere and knocked a pass towards the front of the goal and Gibson was there to knock it home. Narrowing the UCSB deficit to 3-1.

"I have kind of mixed feelings," said UCSB head coach Paul Stumpf. "We came down here to be tested and we were. Some of our players were up for it and other struggled in the big environment, but we learned a lot and now have some things to work on. The group is excited to get back to work."

Overall the match was a tight one. UCLA scored a pair of goals in the first half. MacKenzie Cerda got the Bruins on the board in the 11th minute when she headed home a pass from Zoey Gorlaski. It was a leaping volley off of the cross that sailed into the box.

UCLA made it 2-0 in the 19th minute when Delanie Sheehan received a pass from Gabrielle Matulich and cranked a shot from the top of the box into the lower left corner.

Julia Hernandez registered her fourth goal of the campaign early in the second half, in the 50th minute, to give the powerful Bruins a 3-0 edge.

Gibson's goal made it a competitive contest and, ultimately, the Gauchos fell 3-1.

UCSB is now 2-1-0 on the season and will travel to Minneapolis to face the University of Minnesota on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5:00 p.m. The Golden Gophers are ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Gauchos will also play 24th-ranked Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 3 in Minneapolis in match that will kick-off at 9:00 am (PDT).