Gauchos Go 2-0 in Final Day of UC Irvine Invitational

Lauren Martin
Lauren Martin

IRVINE, Calif. – No. 17 UCSB (9-8) finished the UC Irvine Invitational with a 2-2 record, as the team came out on top in a 7-6 overtime bought with No. 19 San Diego State and outlasted No. 14 Loyola Marymount in a 15-12 shootout.

Lauren Martin led the Gauchos with six goals between the games, as she scored the game-winner versus the Aztecs and set a season high along with Taylor Shore with five goals against the Lions.

Shore had an outstanding day overall with team highs of four assists and three steals, tying Samantha Murphy and Sophie Trabucco in those respective categories.

The Gauchos will continue their season next Saturday when they will compete in the Claremont Convergence where they will face La Verne and Claremont-McKenna-Scripps.

SAN DIEGO STATE

With Lauren Martin's clutch last second game-winner, UCSB picked up its first win of the weekend with a gritty 7-6 overtime win over No. 14 San Diego State. It was the team's second win over the Aztecs this season, as the Gauchos downed them 9-8 at the Michigan Invitational in January.

Though she was held scoreless in regulation, Martin delivered UCSB's biggest goal when it counted most with just one second left on the clock in the second overtime period. Brenna Thomas led the Gauchos with two goals, both netted in the second quarter, while Sophie Trabucco also added two goals, including one in overtime.

Bryn Hudson helped guide the offense with three assists, while Kristen Denney paced the team with two earned ejections.

On the defensive side, Taylor Shore recorded two field blocks and Mackenzie Brokaw picked up three steals to go with her nine saves. Also notching two steals apiece were Martin and Trabucco.

The Aztecs got on the board first at the two-minute mark in the first quarter, but the Gauchos went on to shut them out in the second quarter 2-0 to take a one-goal lead into halftime.

Thomas delivered the two goals and started a 4-0 Gaucho run in the process. UCSB opened the second half with back-to-back schools scored in a span of one minute and 14 seconds. Shore tallied the first goal at the 5:32 mark directly following a timeout, while Camila Schafer netted her goal at the 4:18 mark, making the score 4-1 Gauchos.

However, the lead would not survive the quarter, as SDSU rattled off three unanswered goals including one on a power play. The Aztecs carried that momentum into the fourth quarter and claimed its first lead of the second half with a goal from Caroline Israels.

Approaching the two-minute mark, UCSB found the equalizer with Trabucco's first late-game goal. The junior was able to find the back of the net on a power play set up by Miranda Schrader who drew the ejection with 2:22 on the clock.

The teams went scoreless down the stretch and were gridlocked at the 5-5 tie through the first overtime period.

But Trabucco ended the scoring drought with a key goal with 1:22 left in overtime. Just 30 seconds later, though, SDSU's Ioli Benekou scored her second goal of the game to even the score at 6-6.

And just as it looked like the game would have to be decided in sudden death, Sarah Kresier drew an ejection to give the Gauchos a 6-on-5 advantage with four seconds to go.

That proved to be all the time Martin needed to capitalize on the opportunity, as she beat the buzzer and ended the game at 7-6. 

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

The Gauchos ended up on top of a high scoring affair with Loyola Marymount, as UCSB edged the Lions in the contest 15-12. The Gauchos had dominated today, winning 15-12. Three Gauchos stood out today in their battle for the victor, as Lauren Martin and Taylor Shore both scored five goals each with Miranda Schrader also scoring four goals. Bryn Hudson also helped win the victory with one goal of her own.  

Taylor Shore also did a great job in drawing three ejections, three assists, and three steals, while both Lauren Martin, Miranda Schrader, and Kristen Denney had two steals of their own. In goal, Mackenzie Brokaw had four saves and two steals.  

The Gauchos came out dominating the first quarter going on a four-goal scoring streak with no answer from LMU. Two of Lauren Martin's five goals were scored in this quarter.

UCSB was riding high until Loyola Marymount came back and scored two goals of their own which made the score 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second period, the Gauchos came out and scored a quick goal making the score 6-2 at the 6:42 mark. A few seconds later, the Lions came back with a score of their own at the 6:14 mark. However, the Gauchos were not daunted and scored two more goals making the score 7-3. UCSB kept LMU down for a short while until the final minute of the half, as the Lions scored two more making the score 7-5 going into halftime.

At the start of the third quarter, both teams came out fighting with fast paced scoring action going both ways. The Gauchos had the first goal and then it was a back and forth between both teams. However, the Gauchos were on fire scoring six goals in the quarter while the Lions only scored three. Miranda Schrader alone scored a hat trick in this quarter while Taylor Shore also had two goals by the end of the quarter.

By the start of the fourth quarter LMU tried to come back scoring five goals of its own in the quarter, but it was not enough. The Gauchos had already locked in their victory with two goals scored by Taylor Shore and Miranda Schrader making the score 15-12 by the end of the game.