RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UCSB rolled through its competition at the Lancer Mini-Tournament on Saturday, as the Gauchos won back-to-back matches in dominant matches. First, they downed Pomona-Pitzer 13-3 and later went on to topple Whittier 16-5, tying a season-high in goals scored.
Santa Barbara is now an even 4-4 on the season after its perfect 2-0 weekend at Cal Baptist.
In their opening game at the Lancer Mini Tournament, UCSB cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Pomona-Pitzer.
Overall, the Gauchos kept the pressure on Pomona-Pitzer by scoring at least two goals in every quarter. Schrader led her team with three goals, followed by Shore's two goals, and one goal apiece for Thomas, Porter, Schafer, Hendrix, Solberg, Wardle, Samson, and Fitzgerald. Defensively, goalkeeper Mackenzie Brokaw made four saves, with three of those coming in the second quarter.
The Gauchos struck early in the match with a goal by freshman Christina Samson. Adding to the scoring effort, Jessie Porter would make it 2-0 with her own goal in the last two minutes of the first quarter.
The Sagehens would later get on the board in the second quarter, as Alyssa Woodward netted a goal at the 4:34 mark to place her team one goal shy of the equalizer. However, Taylor Shore and Miranda Schrader had the response for UCSB in closing out the first half with two more goals, making it a 4-1 score.
UCSB's offense exploded in the third quarter, scoring six goals against Pomona-Pitzer's two. Sophomore Brenna Thomas's goal began the offensive onslaught within the first minute of the last half followed by Schrader's, which was scored quickly afterwards. At one point, UCSB made three goals in less than one minute with contributions by Wardle, Camila Schafer, and Jade Wentz Fitzgerald. Elizabeth Hendrix scored the final goal of her team's commanding offensive run. The Gauchos would enter the last quarter with a comfortable 10-3 lead.
An additional three goals by UCSB in the fourth quarter sealed the Sagehen's defeat. Shore and Jenna Solberg had back-to-back goals, while Schrader had yet another of her own. Pomona-Pitzer failed to make any threats to the back of the net.
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (4-4) cruised past the Whittier Poets (1-1) by a score of 16-5 at the Cal Baptist Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Gauchos won their second straight match of the day winning both in convincing fashion.
Miranda Schrader led the Gauchos in scoring three goals, while Camila Schafer, Elizabeth Hendrix, and Jade Wentz Fitzgerald added two goals apiece.
Santa Barbara scored early and often tallying the first four goals of the match. The first score came in the opening 80 seconds courtesy of Samantha Murphy, while she was followed by another goal forty-four seconds later by Brenna Thomas. Six different Gauchos scored in the first quarter putting Santa Barbara up 6-2.
The Gauchos took a five-goal lead into halftime and would continue their domination in the second half with most of their damage came in the fourth quarter. Twenty-three seconds into the quarter, Schrader scored her second goal of the day putting UCSB up 11-4. The Gauchos scored five goals in the final three and a half minutes totaling their count at sixteen on the day, tying their second highest total of the season.
Santa Barbara only allowed one goal in the entire second half, handing Whittier its first loss of the season. The Gauchos have now put up thirteen plus goals in two straight matches. It was a successful day for Santa Barbara winning both matches on the day outscoring its opponents by a total of 21 goals.
The Gauchos will try to continue their success when they head to San Diego, Calif. for the Triton Invitational on Saturday, February 7th.