Santa Barbara, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team battled a long match against San Jose State but ended with a scoreless contest for both teams in double overtime Friday night at Harder Stadium.
The Gauchos (2-3-2) came out strong offensively in the first half with nine shots, putting pressure early on for the Spartans' defense. They had a great opportunity at scoring when in the 27th minute Amanda Ball ran up the middle of the field, passing by defenders, and booted the ball past Spartan goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis. Unfortunately, the ball narrowly went wide to the left of the net.
Sophomore midfielder Dakota Griggs continued UCSB's aggressive play in the latter half of regulation. Griggs, who has done an excellent job filling in for the injured Ball and senior Indiana Mead, took her only shot of the match at the 48:12 mark. After battling through a group of Spartan defenders, Griggs took her aim and powerfully shot the ball. Makrigiannis was able to pull a save but not before the ball came loose for a few seconds in what could have been a great response by the Gauchos.
UCSB would have another prime moment to score in the last few minutes of the second overtime. With a corner kick from Griggs, senior defender Miranda Cornejo fired a shot from the right side that ended up high.
The lone shot from the Spartans (2-3-1) came from forward Dorthe Hoppius at the 62:12 mark when a corner kick from the right side came her way. Nothing became of it after Gaucho defenders were able to take possession of the ball.
Overall, the Gauchos had a dominating 14-1 shot advantage over the Spartans, and a 5-0 edge in shots on goal. UCSB also had more corner kicks (5-0) than San Jose State.
The Gauchos finally had Indiana Mead and Ball see playing time after both were recovering from injuries. Mead had one shot for the night while Ball had three shots. Junior forward Angelisa Cortez also took three shots, with a total of 10 Gauchos collecting shots in the match.
Next for the Gauchos is a 6:00 p.m. match against CSU Bakersfield at Harder Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 14 before they head out for a two game road trip.