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UCSB Wins Tight One With 15th Ranked Michigan State

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Maggie Aker Passes to Sam LutzPalo Alto, CA - Goals were hard to come by for UCSB but the defense held 15th ranked Michigan State scoreless for the final 19 minutes of the game, starting from the point when the game was tied at 4-4. During that time it became 6-5 in favor of the Gauchos and the Spartans were knocking on the door to tie it with about 12 minutes left in the game. A long Michigan State possession was turned away by UCSB when junior  Monora Seth (San Diego, CA) won a knocked down ball and UCSB cleared it successfully. The Gauchos weren't in a hurry to shoot with 2 minutes left in the game and the 1 goal lead being good enough at that point. Then at about a minute left junior  Maggie Aker (Oakland, CA) got clocked on the head 12 yards out from goal while only looking to move the ball to the next teammate. Aker saw a lane to goal on the awkward freeze by everyone on the field so she walked in and shot low and away to put UCSB up 7-5. The Gauchos were awarded the ball because of the penalty and finished the game with the ball moving around the outside of the field on offense to run out the clock. 

"It was nice to hold them to 5 goals when we needed to keep them to just about that to win the game," said UCSB head coach  Paul Ramsey after the game. "I thought that was very nice composure by Maggie too after getting bonked on the head and seeing that opportunity in the broken time of that play."

UCSB improved to 13-2 overall and next faces 25th ranked Oregon in their final game at the Western States Tournament. Michigan State dropped to 10-5.


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