Kepner's Golden Goal Leads No. 15 UCSB Past No. 18 Santa Clara
Jan. 28, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Junior Katie Kepner scored the game-winner in sudden victory overtime to propel No. 15 UC Santa Barbara past No. 18 Santa Clara, 6-5, at the Broncos' Sullivan Aquatics Center on Thursday afternoon.
With the win, UCSB improves to 3-0 on the young season while Santa Clara starts its season at 0-1.
After two scoreless three-minute overtime periods, Kepner was able to break the stalemate in sudden victory overtime, scoring off a pass from senior Lizzie Rouleau to give the Gauchos a 6-5 victory.
The two teams were tied through the first half of play at two apiece before the Gauchos took a 3-2 lead in the third quarter. The Broncos were able to tie the game back up in the fourth frame at five-all.
Freshman goalkeeper Ruth Milne tallied an early career-high 11 saves in the victory.
The Gauchos will continue action in the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday as they participate in the Northern California Invitational being hosted by Cal. UCSB will face No. 3 Hawai'i and No. 4 Cal on Friday evening at the Golden Bears' Spieker Aquatics Complex.
UCSB 6, Santa Clara 5