No. 5 UCSB Suffers Loss at No. 4 USC

No. 5 UCSB Suffers Loss at No. 4 USC

LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- In the scorching heat of Los Angeles, Calif., No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (8-3, 0-1) fell to No. 4 Southern California (12-2, 2-0) for the second time this season. Facing an early deficit, Santa Barbara could not bounce back with a come from behind win. UCSB will head home to host No. 5 Long Beach State tomorrow at noon for another tough MPSF conference match.

The day's action began on a high note for the Gauchos as junior Chase Racich scored a 5:43 power play goal to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. Despite the early deficit, the Trojans showcased why they have won the past six NCAA championships with seven unanswered goals. Drawing exclusions, USC converted three 6-on-5 goals to help propel the team's offensive outburst.

With the score at 7-1, the Gauchos tallied its second score of the match with a 6-on-5 goal from junior Kevin Cappon. Southern California answered with four more goals to make the score, 11-2, in the early moments of the third period. The Gauchos converted another man up situation with a 5:38 goal from junior Bryan Snyder. Playing through a scoreless five minute stretch, UCSB tallied its fourth score with a :25 second goal from Cappon.

Aside from a 6-on-5 goal from freshman Josh Jordan, Santa Barbara could not overcome the Trojan lead as the Gauchos fell by the score of 14-5.

Santa Barbara will look to bounce back against No. 6 Long Beach State. Prevailing with a 14-13 sudden death victory earlier this season, the Gauchos will aim towards defeating the Beach on home soil tomorrow afternoon.

USC 14, UCSB 5

 

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USC

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14

UCSB

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USC Goals: Kostas Genidounias (3) Grant Stein (2) Mihajlo Milicevic, Marc Vonderweidt, James Walters, Bryce Hoerman, Rex Butler, Matteo Morelli, Lazar Pasuljevic, Max Hurst- Mendoza, Nick Bell
USC Saves: McQuinn Baron(12)

UCSB Goals: Kevin Cappon (2) Chase Racich, Bryan Snyder, Josh Jordan
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (10)