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UCSB Comes Up Short In One Goal Loss to #1 Santa Clara

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Game Action Versus Santa ClaraSanta Barbara, CA - The 2nd ranked Gauchos hosted top ranked Santa Clara and lost by a goal in a tight 12-11 contest. Both goalies had 16 saves apiece but the Broncos outshot UCSB 32-29 to get the win. Santa Clara fueled their efforts by winning the draw control battle 17-8 and ground balls 20-15.

The Broncos scored the first goal of the game when senior Krista Shaw (Denver, CO) assisted freshman Maggie Burke (Lake Forest, IL) at 4:22 into the match. UCSB answered that when senior Sam Lutz (San Diego, CA) fed sophomore Maegan Cruse (San Diego, CA) at 5:55 to tie it 1-1. The Gauchos went up 3-1 on unassisted goals by Cruse and freshman Katie Mitchell (Lafayette, CA) but Bronco freshman Juliana Onieal (New York, NY) found junior Gracie Binder  (Seattle, WA) open in front of the UCSB goal and it was 3-2. That's pretty much how it went all game with one team scoring one or two and the other team scoring one or two. The Gauchos did lead by 2 goals twice more in the first half but could not put any distance between themselves and Santa Clara.

The exception for the two teams trading scoring in 1's or 2's came in the last minute of the first half and the first two minutes of the second half. UCSB scored on a Mitchell assist to junior Ashley Antoon-Algieri (San Ramon, CA) with 1:19 left in the first half to put UCSB up 6-4. Santa Clara then won the next draw control before successfully running their offense to score with 15 seconds left. A Binder to Burke connection pulled the Broncos to within one at 6-5 before intermission.

The Broncos won two draw controls and scored two goals to start the second half, getting up 7-6 on a Kayla Ushman (Menlo Park, CA) free position shot only 2:17 into the second half. That was a three goal run by the Broncos and while UCSB came back to tie it at 10-10 with 15 minutes remaining Santa Clara responded to that surge by the Gauchos with 2 more goals to go up 12-10 with 4:55 to go in the game. 

Santa Clara's success on draw controls and ground balls, winning 9 more possessions on the center circle than UCSB with a 17-8 performance, and 5 more ground balls than the Gauchos with a  20-15 success in that category made the difference. Overall the Broncos had possession of the the ball 14 more times than UCSB. Despite that UCSB had a chance to tie the game in the last minute of play.

"We were on defense for extended periods today, the most so far all year, and it was often right off the draw," said UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. "Our defense played well in the face of all that possession time by the other team and managed to force a turnover at the end of the game."

Game Action Versus Santa ClaraThe Gauchos were successful forcing a Santa Clara turnover and scoring with 1 minute remaining to make it 12-11. Then UCSB freshman Lindsay Remigio (Syosset, NY) flew into the circle to snag the last draw control of the game and give the Gauchos a chance. UCSB was on offense one more time and it looked like a comeback moment was on the horizon. Unfortunately the Gauchos were unable to capitalize on the possession in the waning moments of the game.

"To be only one goal away from overtime with a chance at tying it knowing that we had an off day on the circle tells us it is a different game if we are even just a little closer on the draws," pointed out Ramsey.

Gaucho sophomore goalie Jeni Centner (Tustin, CA) had 16 saves against 28 Bronco shots on goal for a 57.1% effort. Santa Clara First Team All-American junior goalie Renee Eligio (South San Francisco, CA) had 16 saves on 27 UCSB shots on goal.

"That was fantastic goal tending by both keepers and the game went to the team that took one more shot on goal," concluded Ramsey.  "If we get a few more of the 50/50 balls we get a few more  shots on goal."

"That is where Santa Clara won this game, with draw controls and ground balls."

Second ranked UCSB dropped to 9-1 overall while top ranked Santa Clara improved to 10-0. The Gauchos next play at home when they host 6th ranked UCLA  in a 9pm Friday game in Harder Stadium.  The UCSB 'B' Team plays UCLA 'B' at 7pm. The Broncos play next when they host unranked Chico State on March 13th.


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