September 26, 2010

No. 5 Gauchos Fall to No. 6 UC Irvine

Sept. 26, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - One week after defeating UC Irvine in the NorCal Invitational, fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara (5-2) fell to No. 6 UCI (7-2) on Sunday afternoon at Campus Pool in a non-conference game, 11-5.

With the loss, the Gauchos fall to 5-2 on the season as the Anteaters improve to 7-2.

With Zsombor Vincze sitting out this game due to an injury, the Gauchos had trouble picking up the slack. The Anteaters took the early 1-0 advantage on a power play goal from Griffin Lerman. The Gauchos answered with a goal themselves when Brian Shoemaker scored with five minutes left in the first quarter tying the game at one-all.

The Gauchos had the opportunities to keep the game close but only converted four of their 10 power play opportunities. The Anteaters out-scored the Gauchos in each quarter and were up 4-2 in the first, 6-3 after the second and 11-5 by the end of the third. The fourth saw no scores from either team.

For the first time since Oct. 10, 2009 against USC, Milos Golic didn't score a goal in a game. Although he didn't score a goal, he had several shots that either hit the goal post or just missed outside.

The first period saw the Gauchos rack up two ejections in the first three minutes. One of those kick-outs helped the Anteaters score on the six-on-five. The trend continued in the second quarter when the Gauchos recorded two ejections in the first three minutes of the period, which also led to another Anteater score.

The second quarter highlight was a Gaucho breakaway, where Joe Plume snuck to the middle and Matt Gronow found him with a nice pass. Plume tricked the goalkeeper and recorded a goal with 4:19 left in the quarter.

The third period gave the Gaucho faithful something to cheer about when the Gauchos got the game to within three on two separate occasions. With 6:10 left in the third, Noah Smith recorded a goal for the Gauchos putting the score at 7-4 and Dylan Baliani put the Gauchos within three at 8-5 when he scored with 5:41 left in the third. That was the last goal for the Gauchos in the game.

UCSB will head to Los Angeles, Calif. next for the SoCal Tournament. They open with Concordia (1-3) at noon on Saturday, Oct. 2.

UC Irvine 11, UCSB 5

1 2 3 4 Final
UCI 4 2 5 0 11
UCSB 2 1 2 0 11

UCI Goals: Brandon Johnson 3, Griffin Lerman 3, Tom Kruip 2, Kyle Baxter, Trent Baxter, Kyle Kruip
UCI Goals: Matt Johnson 3

CSB Goals: Brian Shoemaker, Dylan Baliani, Matt Gronow, Noah Smith, Joe Plume
UCSB Saves: Fraser Bunn 8, Myles Christian 3