February 24, 2007

No. 4 Hawaii Defeats No. 12 UC Santa Barbara at Irvine Invitational, 9-7

The Gauchos dropped their first match of the Irvine Invitational to Hawaii, 9-7. Senior utility ZiZi Clark had a hat trick in the loss. Santa Barbara falls 5-4 overall.

Junior attacker Lindsay Knott won the sprint of the first quarter to kick off the game against the Rainbows. Santa Barbara scored first with a goal from senior defender Aimee Stachowski 38 seconds into the game. Hawaii knotted the score when Lisa Van Raalte put one through at the 3:47 mark.

The Gauchos scored first and in the first minute once again to jumpstart the second period. This time it was off a goal from senior utility ZiZi Clark. Hawaii's Kelly Mason tied the score for the Rainbows several minutes later. Mason scored her second of five goals with less than a minute remaining in the half to send Hawaii into the break with a 3-2 lead.

The Rainbows tacked on two more goals to open the second half before the Gauchos responded three minutes into the third period. ZiZi Clark scored back-to-back goals for Santa Barbara to bring it within one, 5-4. The UCSB defense let two more Rainbow goals sneak through--one from Mason and one from Van Raalte--to close out the third quarter down 7-4.

The Gauchos went on a 3-0 run to begin the final period to tie the score at seven. Freshman utility Christie Clark got things started with a goal, which was followed by a score from sophomore utility Gillian Morgan. Stachowski scored what would turn out to be UCSB's final goal of the game with 3:14 remaining, knotting the score at seven. Hawaii scored two more goal in the final three minutes to push them over the edge.

Irvine goes on to play Cal in the quarterfinals while the Gauchos will play UC San Diego at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday evening.

1 2 3 4 F
UC Santa Barbara: 1 1 2 3 7
Hawaii: 1 2 4 2 9

UC Santa Barbara goals: ZiZi Clark 3, Aimee Stachowski 2, Gillian Morgan 1, Katlin Kubas 1
Hawaii: Kelly Mason 5, Lisa Van Raalte 3, Kristin Swanson 1

UC Santa Barbara saves: Jenny Gonzales 11
Hawaii saves: Meike De Nooy 13, Danielle Ingram 1