March 31, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara took an early lead over No. 11 Arizona State before the Sun Devils battle back but it proved too little too late with the Gauchos emerging the victors, 7-6, at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on Friday night. Santa Barbara improves to 11-10 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while the Sun Devils fall to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the MPSF.
The game started slowly with several ejections and turnovers with the Gauchos getting on the board first when sophomore defender Amanda Tipton scored with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore utility Gillian Morgan followed up with a goal and Tipton added another to bring the Gauchos' lead to 3-0. With 2:40 left to play in the first quarter, ASU's Addison Doud collected the ball at set and rifled a back-hand shot into the net to cut the deficit to two. Morgan scored her second goal of the game to give UCSB a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period.
The Gauchos started the second stanza off strong, extending their lead to four with Morgan adding her third of the contest with 5:35 left in the half. Doud scored again with under a minute remaining.
Following the intermission, ASU was first to strike as Ashley Bower
connected on a lob from the outside just 1:38 into the stanza befor
again scoring on a quick hit while ASU was a player up (six on five)
with 3:49 showing. Although the Sun Devils could not tie the game in the third, they did hold the visitors scoreless, keeping the score at 5-4.
The final stanza began with ASU scoring the equalizer at 6:09 as Doud collected her hat trick by turning and firing from set. Then, at the 4:25 mark, Bower picked up her third goal of the game as she skipped the ball in for the 6-5 lead. But, despite their efforts, the Sun Devils could not find the back of the net as UCSB's Lindsay Knott tied the game at six with 1:30 remaining before Lizzie Rouleau netted the winner with 27 seconds remaining.
Defensively, the Sun Devils were led by 12 saves from Caylinn Wallace while the Gauchos' Jenny Gonzalez halted nine ASU attempts.
ASU and UCSB will both take part in the ASU Invitational Saturday and Sunday at MoPAC and will be joined by No. 5 San Diego State, No. 18 Michigan, Cal Baptist and Redlands. The Gauchos play Redlands at 1:15 p.m. before taking on the Sun Devils again at 4:15 p.m.
ASU Saves: Wallace 12
UCSB Saves: Jenny Gonzales 9