Gauchos Split Matches at Day Two of UCSB Winter Invitational

Mackenzie Brokaw
Mackenzie Brokaw

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The Gauchos (1-2) split their two games Saturday as they were able to defeat the Cal Baptist Lancers (1-3) by a score of 10-4, but lost to the UCLA Bruins (2-0) by a score of 8-5. 

UCSB 10, Cal Baptist 4

Six different Gauchos recorded goals in their 10-4 win over the Lancers on Saturday afternoon at Campus Pool.

Taylor Shore, Bryn Hudson and Lauren Martin contributed two goals to the Gaucho cause. Samantha Murphy, Sophie Trabucco, Miranda Schrader, and Sarah Kreiser all scored one.  

The Gaucho defense was able to hold Cal Baptist scoreless until midway through the second half, but by that time UCSB was already up 5-0.

Murphy set the tempo early as she was able to score on the first possession of the game in the late seconds of the shot clock. Not too long after, the Gauchos went on a power play and Murphy connected with Martin for a goal that put the Gauchos up 2-0.

Martin wasn't done yet as she showed off her skills and ripped a backhand past the Cal Baptist goaltender. Murphy followed up her teammates score with a block that led to a Gaucho two-on-one, assisting Shore on her first goal of the match.

By the end of the first quarter, the Gauchos were up 4-0.

The momentum from the first quarter was carried into the second by UCSB as they yet again scored on their first possession of the quarter. Murphy found Hudson with a pass across the cage and Hudson buried it home for the 5-0 lead.

The Lancers were finally able to get on the board 4:42 into the second quarter, but were answered by a skip shot from outside the five by Kreiser to keep the Gauchos up 6-1 to end the first half of play.

At the beginning of the second half, Murphy came away with a nice steal and was able to find a wide open Shore on the weak side of the cage. Shore scored, putting UCSB up 7-1. However, the Lancers made an attempt to stay in the match as they got a power play goal in the middle of the third quarter.

With the score 7-2, Murphy once again found herself with an assist as she connected with Trabucco for a tip in goal right in front of the cage. To finish the quarter, Taylor came away with a steal and found Hudson wide open. Hudson took off on a breakaway and scored her second goal of the game. At the end of the third, the Gauchos were up 9-2.

The Lancers were the first to score in the fourth quarter, getting two goals to cut the lead to 9-4. Shrader put the finishing touch on the Gaucho win, scoring a goal right out of a timeout thanks to a cross pool pass from Brenna Thomas to give the Gauchos their 10-4 win.

UCLA 8, UCSB 5

While the Gauchos were able to strike first in their night match against UCLA, the Bruins answered back with five unanswered goals in their road to victory.

Halfway through the first quarter, Samantha Murphy made a block from inside the Gauchos two and swam back down the pool where Taylor Shore found her wide open. Shore made the pass and Murphy scored the goal to put the Gauchos up by one.

The Bruins turned on the jets, as they scored three goals in three minutes to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

UCLA striked first in the second quarter under a minute in. The Gauchos couldn't capitalize on two back to back offensive fouls committed by the Bruins, and UCLA scored again, putting them up 5-1. 

The rest of the quarter was in defensive gridlock, but with three seconds left in the half, Murphy was able to score to cut the Bruin lead to 3. The Gauchos went into the half trailing by a score of 5-2.

A jump ball was called to start the second half, and the Gauchos were able to win it. With this possesion, Sophie Trabucco capitalized and put the Gauchos on the board during their first posession, bringing the score to 5-3. 

Less than a minute later, the Bruins scored to make the score 6-3. There was hipe for the Gauchos, as they were awarded back to back powerplays, but were unable to convert. UCLA was awarded a powerplay shortly after, and after calling a time out, were able to convert and make the score 7-3.

Miranda Shrader made the score 7-4 as the Gauchos went on the power play and Shrader fired it home. The Bruins were unable to respond in the third quarter, but weren't finished scoring.

During the Gauchos first possession of the fourth quarter, Trabucco through up a lob over the head of the Bruin goaltender and into the back of the net to bring the score to 8-5. However, the Bruins were given a powerplay and scored to bring the score to it's final tally of 8-5 in the Bruins favor.

UCSB will take on UC San Diego tomorrow at 12:10 at the Campus Pool, and then Wagner at 4:20 at the Campus Pool once more.