UCSB Beats USC 19-3 Coming Off Spring Break
Apr. 2, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - The Gauchos played their first game in more than two weeks after taking time off for exams and spring break. There was no rust apparent for WDIA top ranked UCSB. After a 15-2 first half romp the Gauchos flip-flopped positions with defenders handling the ball on offense under instruction to slow it down and work mostly on possession. Midfielders stayed at their midfield positions to help control the tempo while attackers played defense positions. The end result was that every field player scored a goal or had an assist on the way to a 19-3 win on the road.
First year head coach Paul Ramsey was not surprised by how well the Gauchos played after time away.
"This team is so dedicated to what we're trying to accomplish they came back early from spring break and got in a Sunday practice," said Ramsey after the game. "That gave us three consecutive days of practice to prepare for this game."
Overall, coming back early will also lead to UCSB having five practices and a game to help them prepare for a big game at Cal Poly SLO. The game with the rival Mustangs is up next for the Gauchos. The two teams play on the Lower Rec fields at Cal Poly in a 12 Noon game on Saturday, April 5th.
Junior Kelsey Seitz (San Diego, CA) led all scorers with 3 goals and 2 assists. Thirteen other Gauchos scored on goals or assists. Senior Emily Ruby (Davis, CA) and sophomore Maggie Aker (Oakland, CA) also had hat tricks. Freshman Ashley Antoon-Algieri (San Ramon, CA) pulled off the rare 25/75 scoring ratio with 1 goal and 3 assists. Senior Kristyn Gherardi (San Mateo, CA) scooped up 2 ground balls, caused 4 Trojan turnovers and had 3 draw controls and scored a goal. Freshman Diane Clow (San Diego, CA) collected 5 saves against 8 shots for 62% and got the win in goal.
UCSB improved to 13-0 overall and 11-0 in the WDIA. The win also put them in sole possession of first place in the WWLL Central Division. The Gauchos have the inside track on earning the #1 seed in the upcoming WWLL Championships with two regular season games left. The Trojans dropped to 3-9 overall and 0-2 in the WWLL.
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