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UCSB Almost Catches Colorado State In 12-10 First Round Loss

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UCSB WLAX File PhotoWinston-Salem, NC - UCSB climbed back from being down 1-5 to second ranked Colorado State to make it 7-7 early in the second half and then 9-9 with just under ten minutes remaining in the first round of the WCLA National Tournament. The 15th seeded Gauchos had life for an upset when freshman Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA) scored on an 8 meter free position opportunity after going to goal and drawing a foul. Her tally made it a one goal game with 3:07 remaining. A draw control and then a smart stall by the second seeded Rams was broken once by UCSB but the Gauchos were unable to clear the ball. During the next stall the Rams used an open net from all out pressure by the Gauchos to go up by two with 56 seconds left. UCSB won the draw but were denied a quick score on a save by CSU. UCSB took the ball away from the Rams trying to clear but then did not take another shot and the final was 12-10 in favor of Colorado State.

Sophomore goalie Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA) had 14 saves for the Gauchos for 53.8%. Senior Kenzie Baer (Colorado Springs, CO) had 10 saves for 50% for the Rams. Colorado State outshot the Gauchos 30-23 and those extra shots were fueled by 17 draw controls by the Rams out of the 24 draws in the game. CSU also won the ground ball battle 30-26. The 21 extra possessions on draws and ground balls led to only seven more shots for the Rams than UCSB. Queue the accolades for the Gaucho defense. Colorado State had the ball a lot and they needed to be plus twenty-one on loose balls just to win 12-10. UCSB was able to clamp down on defense and was efficient on shooting but needed the ball at least a few more times on midfield play like draws and clears to beat the second ranked team in the WCLA. 

Senior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) led UCSB with four points on 1 goal and 3 assists. Junior Maddy Montague (Aliso Viejo, CA) scored three goals to lead UCSB in goal scoring. The ground ball leader for the Gauchos was Meghana Vijayraghavan (Pleasanton, CA) with five pick-ups and the junior midfielder also had a draw control and caused three Colorado State turnovers.

UCSB dropped to 11-7 overall while Colorado State improved to 16-2. The Gauchos enter consolation bracket play and face the club from Virginia Tech at 4:00pm on Thursday at BB&T Park. The Rams advance to a national quarterfinal with the University of Texas.


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