Jan. 29, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 12 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team split two games on the opening day of the UCSB Winter Invite, which is being hosted by the Gauchos on Saturday and Sunday. UCSB (5-2) dealt visiting No. 20 Cal State Bakersfield (1-3) a 10-5 loss before falling later in the day to No. 11 San Diego State (2-0), 13-9.
After playing a pair of games on Friday, the Gauchos got out to a bit of a slow start during their first game on Saturday against Bakersfield. Both teams went scoreless in the first half, but UCSB made up for it in the second, scoring six goals in the quarter.
The scoring started just 43 seconds into the second with a goal from Kilee Dreyer. The Gauchos then received a pair of goals from Kathryn Nelson and one from Shelby Haroldson to jump out to the 4-0 lead.
The Roadrunners responded with a goal from Tammy Barksdale, but Haroldson recorded her second and Nancy Ruano poured one in to give UCSB the 6-1 advantage. Brittani Mariquez tallied one more for Bakersfield to cut the Gaucho lead to four heading into halftime.
That lead was cut to three just 24 seconds into the third quarter as Taylor Hanson scored for the Roadrunners, but that was as close as it would get.
Senior Christie Clark recorded back-to-back goals as UCSB extended its lead to 8-3. Each team recorded one more goal to put the score at 9-4 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
Each team tallied one in the fourth as UCSB held on for the 10-5 victory.
In the second game of the day against San Diego State, UCSB got up early with a goal from K. Nelson, but Leanne Ford tied things up during the following possession. Just 39 seconds later, Clark scored on a six-on-five, regaining the Gaucho lead. Unfortunately, the Aztecs scored with 1:28 to go in the quarter to tie the game at two-all heading into the break.
The teams traded a pair of goals early in the second, but consecutive goals from Meghann Poland and Samantha Voigt gave SDSU its biggest lead of the game with 1:28 to go in the half.
Unfortunately for UCSB, SDSU opened the fourth on fire. The Aztecs recorded three unanswered goals to jump out to an 11-6 advantage. The Gauchos got three goals in the fourth, but it wasn't enough as they fell, 13-9.
UCSB did a fantastic job drawing ejections during the game with the Aztecs, as they held a 13-6 advantage in six-on-five opportunities. Senior Claire Buchanan earned eight of the ejections, but the Gauchos only found the back of the cage on five of their power plays.
The Gauchos will conclude action at the UCSB Winter Invite on Sunday with a game against UC San Diego at 11:30 am and UC Irvine at 3 pm at Campus Pool.
UCSB 10, CSUB 5
CSUB Goals: Britanni Marquez 3, Tammy Barksdale, Taylor Hanson.
SDSU 13, UCSB 9
SDSU Goals: Alex Ford 2, Meghann Poland 2, Sarah Brady, Ashley Novack, Ronni Gautschi, Kimmy Keach, Meaghann Pedersen, Samantha Voigt, Leanne Ford.
SDSU Saves: Kelly Campoli 14.