No. 17 UCSB Drops Decisions to No. 3 Cal, No. 12 Pacific on First Day of UC Irvine Invitational

Taylor Shore (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Taylor Shore (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

IRVINE, Calif. –No. 17 UCSB (7-9) dropped its first two games at the UC Irvine Invitational with an 8-4 loss to No. 3 Cal followed by a narrow 7-6 loss to No. 12 Pacific.

Taylor Shore highlighted the day with a hat trick against the Tigers, while Brenna Thomas trailed her with two goals. Miranda Schrader finished with a team high three assists between the games, while, in goal, Mackenzie Brokaw made a total of 21 saves, including 14 against Pacific.

CAL

The Gauchos dropped their UC Irvine Invitational opener in an 8-4 loss to No. 3 Cal. The game is UCSB's second loss to the Golden Bears this season, as they were edged out at 9-8 in overtime back in week one.

Four different Gauchos scored in the game with Bryn Hudson, Lauren Martin, Camila Schafer, and Miranda Schrader, who also led the team with two assists.

Defensively, UCSB came up with seven total steals, as Martin and Schafer led the way with two swipes apiece. Martin played in a physical match-up, as she drew a team high six earned ejections, including one for a penalty shot. Hudson was behind her in drawing three ejections, and also picked up the Gauchos' lone field block.

In the cage, Mackenzie Brokaw made eight saves and a steal, while allowing eight goals.

Cal got off to an early start with two goals in the opening quarter while holding the Gauchos scoreless. The Golden Bears would later extend their lead to three goals after Genevieve Weed scored at the 6:58 mark in the second period.

After four minutes of scoreless water polo, Schrader ended the drought and netted UCSB's first goal with 1:52 left in the half, making the score 3-1. However on the next possession, Cal was able to respond thanks to Sierra Smiley, giving her team a three-goal edge at halftime.

In opening the third quarter, the Gauchos limited the Golden Bear offense in the first five minutes, but Cal would tack on two more scores before the quarter's end. Cal eventually solidified their lead with two more goals in the fourth quarter, stretching their second-half run to four unanswered scores.

UCSB ended the run with two goals to end the game, as Schafer recorded her score with 1:55 left in the game at Hudson picked up her goal with 45 seconds to go.

PACIFIC

The Gauchos were able to strike fast in their second match of the day taking the lead in the first period, however Pacific came back and both teams were tied neck and neck until the Powercats scored the winning goal in the fourth quarter.  

Taylor Shore had a good showing and scored a hat trick, while also being supported with two goals scored by Brenna Thomas and one goal scored by Kristen Denney.  While at the goal, Mackenzie Brokaw had an amazing 14 saves.

The Gauchos scored the first two goals of the game by the 5:16 mark.  But soon after that Pacific came back with two goals of their own which tied the game up.  However, during the last minute of the period Taylor Shore came back and scored her second goal of the game at the :27 second mark that gave the Gauchos the lead going into the second period.

During the second period the Powercats came back and went on a two goal streak which gave them the lead 4-3.  The Gauchos fought back and Kristen denney scored one more goal to tie the game up going into halftime.

At the start of the third quarter both teams came out fighting for the lead.  Pacific scored the first goal, but the Gauchos came back soon after and scored a goal of their own.  A battle of skill and quickness soon ensued after that.  Pacific scored a goal at 3:21 mark but the Gauchos turned on the jets while the Powercats were still celebrating and scored a goal of their own tieing up the game 6-6 at the end of the third quarter.

During the fourth quarter, both teams fought hard but Pacific got the luck of the draw scoring the winning goal at the 1:42 mark putting them ahead 7-6.