September 15, 2006

UCSB Dominates Arizona State but Settles for 2-2 Tie

Sept. 15, 2006

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sophomore forward Genelle Ives scored one goal and assisted on another and UC Santa Barbara outshot visiting Arizona State 17-9, but the Gauchos had to settle for a 2-2 overtime tie with the Sun Devils Friday evening in Santa Barbara.

ASU got on the board first at 13:00 when Courtney Crane collected a corner kick from Kyleyn Felts and shot from 15 yards out through a crowd. Crane's shot was deflected in front of the goal mouth but Sun Devil defender Brittney Doty was there to put the rebound past UCSB goalkeeper Katie Wright. It was Doty's fourth goal of the season.

After ASU scored its first goal, Santa Barbara began to dominate. The Gauchos tied the score 1-1 at the 22:04 mark when defender junior defender Kandice Mclaughlin hit senior forward Chandi Bickford with a pass near the right side of the penalty box. Bickford turned the corner and slid a pass through the goal-mouth where Ives was waiting to one-time a shot past Sun Devil goalkeeper Kim Bingham.

UCSB made it 2-1 at 35:53 when senior midfielder Darci Gwartz collected a pass at the top of the box. She passed to her right to Ives who headed the ball towards the goal. Ives' ball was deflected but Gaucho sophomore Sami Svrcek pounded the deflection past Bingham.

Santa Barbara held the lead until ASU scored the equalizer at 68:52 when Christine Nieva crossed a pass from right to left across the box to Alissa Oldenkamp. Oldenkamp shot the ball to the right of Wright, into the lower portion of the goal.

UCSB had numerous opportunities over the final 21 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. Bickford, Gwartz and Ives all had outstanding opportunities from point-blank range but Bingham, who had allowed just two goals on the season entering the match, was up to the challenge. Bingham finished with eight saves, including four in the second half and three in the overtime periods. UCSB outshot the Sun Devils 17-9, including 11-3 in shots on goal. Ives, in fact, finished with a season-high six shots, five of which were on goal. As a team, ASU had just three shots on goal.

The Gauchos' record is now 2-2-3, while ASU is now 4-1-2. UCSB will resume action on Friday, Sept. 22 when it travels to Davidson, N.C., to take on Davidson College. On Sunday, Sept. 24, they will play at Central Florida.

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