No. 14 Gauchos Trample Azusa Pacific 16-1, Fall To No. 17 Michigan 10-8

Mackenzie Brokaw (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Mackenzie Brokaw (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB opened the 2015 season with a dominant 16-1 win over Azusa Pacific and hard fought 10-8 loss to No. 17 Michigan on Day One of the Winter Invitational.

Camila Schafer scored a hat trick in both contests to lead the Gauchos, while Mackenzie Brokaw put on an impressive display in goal during the season opener. UCSB's 16 goals against the Cougars were the most they scored in a single match since they tallied 18 in a win over Villanova last season.

The Gauchos will continue their Winter Invitational play tomorrow with an early match up against No. 2 UCLA at 10 a.m. at the Recreation Center pool. They will later host the Claremont-Mudd Scripps Athenas at the Campus Pool at 8 p.m.

To see the final scores of the tournament's other matches, go to the 2015 Winter Invitational page here.

AZUSA PACIFIC

No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (1-1) began their season in dominating fashion pounding the Azusa Pacific Cougars (0-2) 16-1 at the Campus Pool on Friday afternoon.

After a little over four minutes without a score to start the match, the Gauchos found their rhythm as they poured it on against the Cougars after Brenna Thomas broke the ice with a goal from the left side to put the Gauchos in front 1-0. With the early one-goal advantage heading into the second quarter, UCSB Claryann Olofsson-Loo scored from straight on roughly two minutes into the period, which sparked the Gauchos' offense into scoring four more goals before the halftime break.

In the second half, the Gauchos continued to control the flow of the math by outscoring the Cougars 11-1. Camila Schafer scored a total of three goals in the match, two of which came in the third quarter alone.

Courtney Folsom scored the lone goal of the day for the Cougars four and a half minutes into the third quarter on a deep strike from the right side. Azusa Pacific would be shut out for the rest of the contest thanks in a large part to Mackenzie Brokaw's stellar goalkeeping. She anchored UCSB's defense, which allowed Santa Barbara to respond to APU's lone goal with eight unanswered scores to finish the match.

The win was a collective team effort as twelve different Gauchos recorded a goal with Samantha Murphy and Delaney Riley scoring twice for Santa Barbara.

MICHIGAN

In their second match of the day, the Gauchos looked to continue their hot start from earlier in the day against No. 17 Michigan.

However, the Wolverines had other plans in mind. Within the first minute of the match, Michigan junior Presley Pender gave her team the early lead. The Gauchos responded quickly with a goal of their own by sophomore Bryn Hudson to tie the score at 1-1.

Michigan would later take control held the advantage in possessing the ball for the remainder of the first half. Pender continued to score for the Wolverines while Bryce Beckwith added to the Gaucho effort. Sophomore Samantha Murphy came close to adding another goal at the 4:49 mark in the second quarter but Wolverine goalkeeper Emily Browning made a superb block, as Michigan clinched a 6-2 lead entering halftime. 

UCSB would narrow the gap in the second half by scoring six shots, creating a climatic ending. Freshman Camila Schafer would garner three goals, while Tess Wardle, Miranda Schrader, and Bryn Hudson each had one goal apiece to bring the Gauchos to cut the deficit to as low as two points. In spite of UCSB's rallying offense, Michigan held on to their lead and closed out the 10-8 victory.