November 12, 2009

Gauchos Drop 2-0 Decision to BYU in NCAA First Round

Nov. 12, 2009

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. - On the strength of two first half goals, BYU defeated UC Santa Barbara in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Stanford on Thursday, 2-0. The Gauchos' season comes to an end with the loss to the Cougars.

UCSB, which won the Big West Tournament and was playing in its second consecutive NCAA Tournament, played a solid first half, but an own goal put them in a hole.

In the 12th minute, a Gaucho defender tried to clear the ball from in front of their goal, but the ball deflected off of another UCSB player and skittered past goalkeeper Tammy Lenham, giving BYU a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars doubled the edge at the 38:12 mark when Alyssa Vander Veur took a pass from Jennie Marshall and cracked a shot from the top of the box and inside the left post. The 2-0 halftime lead would never change.

UCSB had three solid shots on the BYU goal. The best was at the very close of the first half when freshman midfielder Erin Ortega went in one-on-one with Cougar goalkeeper McKinzie Olson. Ortega's shot at Olson was saved and the Gauchos remained scoreless.

The loss drops Santa Barbara to 9-10-3 overall. BYU improves to 18-3-2.

Offensively, the Gauchos were led by Cory Yoshida who had three shots. Ortega, Nicole Romanowski, and Big West Offensive Player of the Year Kaily Kugler each had a pair of shots.

Overall, UCSB had 11 shoots, three of which were on goal. BYU had 21 shots, 12 on goal. Gaucho goalkeeper Tammy Lenham, a junior who will graduate in June, had 10 saves, the second most of her career.

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