Arizona Topples UCSB 11-8 - Mar 8, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - University of Arizona broke open a close game with a four goal run and won 11-8 on the road at UC Santa Barbara. The score was 3-3 about 17 minutes into the game when the Wildcats reeled off three unanswered goals to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Arizona scored the first goal after halftime and had their biggest lead of the game at 7-3 less than two minutes into the second half. Over the last 28 minutes of the game the Gauchos outscored the Wildcats 5-4. However, except for getting to within 2 goals with about ten minutes to play it never really felt like UCSB was catching up. It was too big a hole for the Gauchos when down three goals and then four goals. UCSB had come back from a four goal deficit on the road at San Diego but it didn't happen today. Senior Maya Dillard (Chesapeake City, MD) led all scorers with 6 goals to help the Wildcats to the win.
Some might have thought a different outcome possible. In a recent common opponent match-up UCSB had beaten San Diego State 17-12 and San Diego State had beaten Arizona 15-12. Other common opponents were same result with the Gauchos winning bigger than Arizona in most cases. The Wildcats proved that each game day is it's own animal, though, and they did it in the midfield. Arizona decisively won the draw controls by getting 17 of the 21 draws in the game. Rachel Fuller, a 5'10" sophomore from West Chester, PA taking the draw for the Wildcats, had a lot to do with that, getting 8 of her team's 17 draw controls herself. The other Arizona players on the circle combined for the 9 remaining team draw controls.
The Gauchos outshot Arizona 25-17 but were 2 for 10 on free position shots, hit two pipes and also shot wide 3 times. The 20% efficiency by UCSB on their 8 meter free position attempts and 12 saves recorded overall for junior goal keeper Lauren Oslar (Petaluma, CA) of Arizona stymied any chance of a UCSB comeback. The Gauchos looked mostly out of kilter all game.
"Hats off to Arizona today." commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. "Congratulations to them on this one but I look forward to a possible re-match at the WWLL Tournament in April."
UCSB midfielder Alexi Cheney led her team in ground balls for the second game in a row. The freshman from Winnetka, CA had 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers and a draw control offset by zero turnovers. Junior defender Cailan Howey (Charlotte, NC) led the defense with 6 caused turnovers and 4 ground balls. Junior Mari Cajandig (Davis, CA) led UCSB in scoring with 2 goals and 1 assist. UCSB sophomore Maddy Montague (Aliso Viejo, CA) found the net twice and had two goals on two shots.
UCSB dropped to 7-5 overall, 4-3 in WWLL play and experienced their first loss to University of Arizona. The Wildcats improved to 5-5 overall & 4-2 in WWLL games. The Gauchos have a break in the game schedule, for dead week and finals week in the quarter system academic calendar, before resuming play in April. Arizona, heading into spring break next, resumes plays at the Mile High Invitational in Boulder, Colorado when they take on the club from Michigan on March 27th.
Eighth Ranked Cal Poly Wins 11-6 At UCSB - Feb 28, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted 8th ranked Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in a WWLL Central Region Division One game under Friday night lights at the UCSB Recreation Center turf and the Mustangs came out on top 11-6. The score was 4-3 in favor of Cal Poly at half time. Some key statistics show mostly even play with each team taking 19 shots apiece, draw controls 11 of 19 the way of UCSB and turnovers slightly in favor of the Gauchos with 17 for the Mustangs compared to 16 for UCSB. Saves proved to be a difference with Cal Poly 12 saves and UCSB 8. In the middle of all these numbers are two 4 goal runs by the Mustangs, the second one of which is what got them the big win. Without the second run it's a 1 or 2 goal game at the end.
Gauchos Submarine San Diego State 17-12 - Feb 22, 2015
San Diego, CA - UCSB capped off their road trip south by upsetting the club from San Diego State in a game the Gauchos led from start to finish en route to a 17-12 success. The win followed the 15-14 come from behind win at University of San Diego on Friday night. The Aztecs were 5-1 coming into the contest and 6th in the RPI compared to the UCSB 23rd spot in the RPI.
The Gauchos scored first and led 9-5 at halftime. Junior Mari Cajandig (Davis, CA) scored the first two goals for UCSB. Both times she was fouled on her way to goal the attacker scored her free position shot. Not to be outdone teammate Echo Meyers (Laguna Niguel, CA) followed up by scoring two goals unassisted. The sophomore attacker evaded everyone on both her dodges to goal. San Diego State scored an unassisted goal in the middle of that but it was 6-1 in favor of UCSB sixteen minutes into the game. Toward the end of the half UCSB had the ball and were up 9-3 but a mental lapse on offense resulted in a turnover and the Aztecs used that ball to fast break to a goal. Then they won the draw control and scored with 1 second left before the intermission to pull to within 9-5.
"We were playing quite well overall but took the ball into the middle in a situation we coach everyone not to," commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. "It's not the first time it's happened and it's mostly occurring when we get a tired midfielder having to make the decision in that situation."
UCSB Tops Toreros On Last Minute Goal - Feb 20, 2015
San Diego, CA - Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) scored her free position shot with seventeen seconds remaining in the game to cap off a UCSB comeback on the road at University of San Diego. The Gauchos had been down by as many as four goals twice in the game, once in the first half and then again in the second half. UCSB battled back and with time winding down the score was 14-14. Trepa had just pulled off a nice spin move up top on her way to goal for her first win-the-game attempt and was about to shoot when a Torero defender fouled. Her subsequent free position was interrupted when San Diego fouled again to halt play. Non-plussed, on the next restart, Trepa netted her first goal of the game to give her team the win. It was the third straight one goal contest between the two teams, dating back to a 13-12 win for UCSB April 13, 2014.
The Gauchos made the drive the same day of the game and hit enough traffic they did not get to their hotel in time for a few hours of down time before leaving from there to the field. Instead, UCSB crawled down the 101, the 405, the 5 and the 805 and made it to the Manchester Village turf on the USD campus just about in time for warm-ups.
Gauchos Win 12-11 Over Huskies - Feb 15, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos gutted out a tough win over University of Washington at the 27th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout. UCSB won 12-11. It was the fourth game of the tournament for UCSB but only the second game for the late arriving Huskies in the set schedule Shootout format. The fresher legs of Washington showed in the second half but the Gauchos were mentally tough enough to persevere. Two UCSB starters were out with injuries for the game and four others gutted through strained muscles as the Gauchos rotated four reserves in and out of the game.
The Gauchos outshot the Huskies 23-18 and UCSB sophomore Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA) led all scores with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points. UCSB held a slight edge on draw controls, winning 14 of 25. Goal keeping was even on both sides with 7 saves apiece for each team but the Gaucho offense generated more shots and the 7-4 lead they built through the first half carried them to the finish.
UCSB Edged By Colorado 13-12 - Feb 14, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The 14th ranked club from University of Colorado, Boulder caught up to UCSB in the second half and then won by a goal on a score with 48 seconds remaining in the game in a thriller at the 27th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout. UCSB led 7-5 at halftime but started slow coming out of the break and the Buffalos tied it about ten minutes into the second half. Colorado eventually led by as many as two goals but the Gauchos rallied to tie the game 12-12. The Buffalos won the draw and after running some time off the clock it was a nice pass inside that resulted in the winning goal.
UCSB was leading 7-3 when sophomore Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA) scored on an 8 meter with 3:36 remaining in the first half. A little bit later, during the last 1:26 of the first half, the Gauchos were playing one short after a yellow card and Colorado took full advantage. The Buffalos solved the UCSB man down defense with an assisted goal at 20 seconds left on the clock, won the draw and were still man up on the non-releasable UCSB yellow card. A Gaucho foul put Colorado on the line and they scored with 4 seconds on the clock to make it a 7-5 halftime lead for UCSB. The penalty time carried over for 34 seconds into the second half so the Gauchos were still a man down when play resumed. Colorado found the open player again just 25 seconds in and capitalized on being man up for two minutes with three goals. During their man up situation Colorado trimmed a 4 goal deficit to 1 goal and it was 7-6 UCSB. Momentum stayed their way for three more goals and Colorado were up 9-7.
Fifth Ranked Georgia Stuns UCSB 13-3 - Feb 13, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The 5th ranked Bulldogs were leading 3-2 thirteen minutes into the game when they went on a five goal run over the next 17 minutes to take a 8-2 halftime lead over UCSB. Georgia started the second half just as strong as they ended the first half and did not look back on their way to a 13-3 win over the Gauchos in a 27th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout game. UCSB was coming off a 17-5 win over Oregon State the night before but looked sluggish in the face of a quick Georgia team. One highlight for UCSB was winning 10 of the 18 draw controls in the game but the Gauchos need to make more use of the ball when they had it.
UCSB dropped to 3-2 overall while Georgia improved to 4-0. The Gauchos look to rebound right away on Saturday when they play the 14th ranked club from University of Colorado, Boulder at 2:00pm. Shootout play continues Saturday and goes all the way through Sunday.
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