No. 9 Gauchos Rally in the Second Half to Topple Pepperdine at Long Beach State Mini Tournament, 10-9

Oct. 7, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif. - In its second match of the day at the Long Beach State Mini Tournament, ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara overcame a 5-3 halftime deficit to defeat 13th-ranked Pepperdine, 10-9. It was the third time this season that the Gauchos (13-6) have beaten the Waves (5-9).

Santa Barbara trailed 5-3 at the half. The Gauchos were still behind 7-6 early in the fourth quarter and that's when they really went to work, scoring four unanswered goals to take a commanding 10-7 edge. Dane Lindstrom (6:10), Ratko Paunovic (5:20), Kendall Olds (3:58) and Sean Castillo (3:27) tallied the four goals for UCSB in a span that was less than three minutes. The Gauchos then held on for the victory.

UCSB was led by Ross Sinclair and Matt Dale who each had two goals. In addition to the foursome that scored in the fourth quarter, Travis Watts and Stefan Partelow each scored single goals for the Gauchos. Pepperdine was paced by Doug Mann and Dorian Beaney who had three goals and two goals respectively.

Freshman Michael Robinson had three saves in goal for UCSB.

The Gauchos are now off until Saturday, Oct. 14, when they travel to USC to play in the annual SoCal Tournament. They will play UC Irvine in their first match at 8:00 a.m. At 12:00 p.m. on the same day, UCSB will play top-ranked USC.

UCSB		3	0	2	5	--	10
PEPP		2	3	1	3	--	9

UCSB Goals: Sinclair (2), Dale (2), Watts, Lindstrom, Partelow, Paunovic, Olds, Castillo Pepp. Goals: Mann (3), Beaney (2), Cardey, MacDonell, Lee, Langten Goalie Saves: Robinson (UCSB) 3; Lee (Pepp.) 5