UCSB Defeats Marist, Falls to USC on Final Day of Winter Invitational

Devon Gasparini
Devon Gasparini

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After a relatively calm Saturday, the final day of the 2017 UCSB Winter Invitational provided what were easily the worst weather conditions of the weekend, with constant gusting winds and heavy rainfall fluctuating between bad and very bad. While things on the sidelines got messy, UCSB (4-2) still had to remain focused on the task at hand, splitting a pair of games for the second straight day. The Gauchos defeated Marist 11-5 early on before falling to No. 2 USC 19-5 in the afternoon.

Senior Brenna Thomas led the tournament hosts with four goals on the day, while Taylor Shore, Sarah Snyder and Kate Pipkin added three each. Sarah Kreiser, Natalie Selin and Sophie Trabucco all picked up a single score on the day to round out the Gaucho scorers.

UCSB vs Marist

The Gauchos took on Marist in an early-day matchup at the rec center – the only match of the weekend that saw the hosts play away from Campus Pool – during one of the day's harsher hours of wind and rain.

UCSB tried to made quick work of the visitors, shutting them out 2-0 in the first quarter before increasing the lead to five by halftime. Senior Taylor Shore was the facilitator on each of the opening period's goals, finding sophomore Sarah Kreiser to kick off the scoring at the 6:44 mark and hitting Brenna Thomas for a goal just 50 seconds later.

The Red Foxes struck first early in the second quarter to cut the lead to one, and Shore quickly answered with some excellent individual play, first stealing the ball before outracing her opponent and converting a 1-on-1 against the Marist goalkeeper.

After another Marist goal, Thomas would once again double UCSB's lead, scoring on a deep shot from the left side to make it 4-2 with 3:56 to go. Freshman Sarah Snyder, Shore and sophomore Kate Pipkin would all add to the lead over the final minutes of the half, giving the Gauchos a 7-2 lead.

An evenly split third period saw Snyder and Shore add to their totals, while freshman Abbey Grosse scored her third goal of the weekend to make it 10-5. UCSB shut Marist out once again in the fourth, as Pipkin scored the only goal of the quarter to give her team an 11-5 victory.

UCSB vs USC

Playing their toughest opponent of the weekend in the tournament finale, the Gauchos were quickly overwhelmed by a USC team currently ranked No. 2 nationally. The Trojans scored 19 goals in the game, 11 more than any other UCSB opponent for the weekend.

Santa Barbara trailed 7-0 after one quarter and 9-0 early in the second before Thomas scored her third goal of the day to get UCSB on the board. USC's offense dropped off slightly midway through the second, but was still able to manage three more goals before halftime. Snyder put away her third and final score of the day to make it 12-2 at the break.

UCSB would strike first to open the second half, as Thomas took advantage of an early 6-on-5 situation to give the Gauchos their second consecutive goal going back to the first half. The Trojans quickly put any hopes of a miracle comeback to bed, outscoring UCSB 4-0 over the remainder of the period to take a 16-3 lead into the fourth.

Rounding out the home side's scoring in the final stanza were Natalie Selin and Sophie Trabucco, who added a goal each to make it 19-5 by the end.

Shore (11), along with a pair of newcomers in Snyder (11) and Pipkin (9), paced the Gauchos in scoring for the weekend. Kreiser followed with six, while Selin and Thomas added five each. Trabucco (3), Coski (3), Grosse (2) and senior Jenna Solberg (2) also chipped in.

After opening the season with six straight home games, the Gauchos will head out to Tempe, Ariz. next weekend to participate in the Arizona State Invitational. Several more tournaments will follow before UCSB returns home to face CSU Bakersfield on March 5.