August 31, 2007

Gauchos Score Early in Second Half to Edge Loyola Marymount in Season Opener, 1-0

Aug. 31, 2007

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman Kailyn Kugler scored the first goal of her career early in the second half and a tight UC Santa Barbara defense held visiting Loyola Marymount to just six shots as the Gauchos won their season-opener on Friday night, 1-0.

The teams battled through a scoreless first half, combining for just seven shots. The Lions, however, put all four of their shots on-frame and UCSB goalkeeper Katie Wright recorded four saves.

In the second half, the Gauchos went on the offensive early. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Stoltz had a solid opportunity at the 46:02 mark, but her shot on goal was deflected wide right by LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. Exactly one minute later, UCSB struck for the only goal of the match.

Senior defender Katrina Wright carried the ball in from the left sideline. She knocked the ball across the box to junior midfielder Linda Allen. Allen one-touched a pass to Kugler who was situated about 10 yards out in front of the goal. Kugler shoved one just inside the right post, out of Slovek's reach.

Katie Wright did not record a save in the second half, but with the Lions swarming in front of the goal in the final minute, she had a nice punch out and one key collection.

UCSB finished the match with a 9-6 shot advantage. Junior midfielder Sami Svrcek had a team-high four shots for the Gauchos. LMU was paced by Jaime Bell who had four of its six shots.

With the victory, the Gauchos end a six-match winless streak to the Lions and open the season with a 1-0 record. LMU drops to 0-1.

UCSB will host 14th-ranked USC on Sunday evening at Harder Stadium in a match that will kickoff at 6:00 p.m.