SAN DIEGO, Calif. – UCSB split the opening of the Triton Invitational with a narrow 6-5 loss to San Diego State followed by a 12-2 rout of Sonoma State. The Gauchos are now 5-6 on the season and will continue tournament play tomorrow at noon.
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No. 18 UC Santa Barbara fell short in a comeback effort against No. 13 San Diego State at the Triton Invitational. After being shut out in the first half, the Gauchos managed to score five goals in the final two quarters in a valiant attempt to upset the Aztecs. However, a late goal in the fourth by SDSU proved to be the difference in the 6-5 nail biter.
Camila Schafer led the Gauchos in scoring with two goals, including a clutch game-tying score in the fourth quarter. Claryann Olofsson-Loo, Tess Wardle, and Jade Wentz Fitzgerald added one score each for UCSB.
SDSU's Caroline Israels scored the only goal in the opening quarter, which was the first of three goals for her on the day giving the Aztecs a 1-0 lead. They proceeded to score three more goals in the second quarter while holding the Gauchos scoreless as they took a 4-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half the Gauchos got themselves back into the match outscoring San Diego State 3-0 in the third, bringing themselves within one going into the final quarter of play.
Nineteen seconds into the fourth, Wardle officially brought the Gauchos all the way back as her score capped a 4-0 run to tie the game. The Aztecs quickly responded scoring thirty four seconds later to go back up by one.
With 1:31 to play, Camila Schafer scored for Santa Barbara to tie the game once again. Just when it looked like the match was headed into overtime, Anique Hermann scored for SDSU with just thirty eight seconds to play giving the Aztecs the win.
Following their loss to San Diego State, the UCSB women's water polo team gave Sonoma State a pounding, defeating the Seawolves by a 12-2 score.
The Gauchos entered their second match of the day in the Triton Invitational with a faster offensive attack than their previous contest. Sophie Trabucco started it off with back-to-back goals at the 6:52 mark and another thirty seconds later. Just one minute later, Tess Wardle scored a goal, giving the Gauchos three goals in as many minutes. The next two goals would come from Brenna Thomas and Jade Wentz-Fitzgerald inside the minute and a half mark to end the first quarter with a favorable 5-0 score.
The second quarter was much quieter than the first in regard to offensive play. The sole two goals were from the Gauchos coming during the middle of the period. Junior Samantha Murphy contributed her first goal at the 5:46 mark and Thomas had her second soon thereafter.
UCSB confidently entered the second half with a secure lead but continued to add insurance goals. Within the first minute sophomore Taylor Shore extended the score and followed up with another goal at the 4:22 mark. Sonoma State would finally get on the scoreboard in the third quarter. Both goals came from Carleigh Robinson in the closing minutes to make it a 9-2 score.
Both teams began a speedy fourth quarter but things began to slow down in the concluding minutes of the game. Shore put up another goal at the 3:58 mark, capping off a noteworthy performance. Less than a minute later freshman Elizabeth Hendrix had a pair of goals. Sonoma State was unable to answer back with any goals, ending in a 12-2 UCSB win.
In total, seven different Gaucho players scored in the game. Shore came away with the most (3), while Thomas, Trabucco, and Hendrix each had two, and Wardle, Murphy and Wentz-Fitzgerald with one apiece. Defensively, UCSB protected the net exceptionally well, showing no mercy on the Seawolves.
The action continues for UCSB at the invitational tomorrow when they have their first match at noon at the Canyonview Pool.