Jan. 21, 2011
Hayward, Calif.- - One day after beating Cal State Monterey Bay, 14-8, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (2-0) posted a similar win over Cal State East Bay (0-1), 14-9, in a non-conference game on Friday afternoon.
UCSB was on the offensive attack in the first period and was up nine goals just before halftime, 10-1. Just before the half ended, Cal State East Bay recorded just its second goal of the game and the Gauchos took a 10-2 lead into the break.
In the third period, the Pioneers made an impressive comeback. Claire Pierce, who posted back-to-back goals in the third quarter and totaled five goals on the day, led the Pioneer attack. Her two goals and a goal by Whitney Bell put Cal State East Bay within six, 10-4.
For the second game in a row, two players posted big games for the Gauchos. Kathryn Nelson recorded her second-straight hat trick while freshmen Molly Hafferkamp recorded her second straight game with two goals. Kathryn Nelson leads the team in scoring at six.
UCSB was not only scoring though, it was playing defense too. Sophomore goalkeeper Ruth Milne recorded six saves, and the defense earned 14 ejections.
The 2-0 Gauchos will round out the three game road trip Saturday, Jan. 22 as they head to Berkeley to play Sonoma State (1-0). The action begins at 10:30 am.
CSUEB: Claire Pierce 5, Sarah Grunberger 2, Whitney Bell, Erica Crain
CSUEB: Pekarske 6