Gauchos Win Fifth Straight, Defeat Sonoma State 17-7

Abbey Grosse (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Abbey Grosse (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - No. 10 UCSB (14-6) won its fifth straight game Thursday afternoon, taking a 17-7 wire-to-wire victory over Sonoma State (6-14).

Sophomore Sarah Kreiser and freshman Abbey Grosse both had hat tricks to lead the way for the Gauchos. It was Kreiser's second of the season and Grosse's first in her career.

Sophomore Kate Pipkin and seniors Taylor Shore, Jenna Solberg and Sophie Trabucco all added two scores each. Rounding out the scoring were senior Brenna Thomas and freshmen Samantha Rosenberg and Kate Coski with one goal apiece.

Coski got things started with a goal less than two minutes in, and Kreiser put away her first less than a minute later to give the Gauchos an early 2-0 lead. The Seawolves found their first scratch on a goal from sophomore Lyndsie Williams with 2:55 to go in the first.

For the second straight quarter, UCSB would open things up with a pair of early goals, this time coming from Pipkin and Kreiser, only for Sonoma State to answer with another score from Williams, making it 4-2 at the 5:31 mark. Grosse, Shore and Pipkin all notched goals of their own, giving UCSB five goals in the period and sending them to halftime leading 7-4.

Coming out of the break, the Gauchos would top their strong second quarter with seven more goals in the third. Goals from Shore, Kreiser, Trabucco and Solberg extended UCSB's run to six unanswered, making it 12-4 with 4:09 to go before the fourth. Thomas also added a goal with under two minutes left to give UCSB a 14-5 lead heading into the final frame.

In the final period, Grosse would score two of her three goals, the last one coming with one second on the clock. Rosenberg added her sole score of the day at the 4:32 mark.

On the Sonoma State side, Williams would also score twice in the fourth, bringing her total to a game-high four goals.

Four Gauchos tied for team-high honors with two assists, including Thomas, Shore, Pipkin and redshirt senior Miranda Schrader. On the defensive end, Shore redshirt sophomore Annie Mortimer led the way with three steals each. Freshman goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder finished with eight saves and two steals.

UCSB will return to the pool in just two days, when it travels to face No. 14 UC Davis in the two teams' Big West conference-opener. The game will be played at 11 a.m. at Schaal Aquatics Center.