April 19, 2008

Gauchos Drop a Pair at Cal State Northridge

April 19, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - No. 15 Cal State Northridge parlayed a balanced scoring attack, led by Renee Gargiulo's three goals, to cruise past 16th-ranked UC Santa Barbara 12-5 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo match on Saturday morning in Northridge. The Gauchos also dropped a heartbreaking 13-12 non-conference match to Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday afternoon.

In the first match, the Matadors got on the board first on a goal by Gargiulo at 4:20 of the first quarter. After UCSB's Claire Buchanan knotted things at 1-1 with 3:12 to play in the opening frame, Northridge scored two straight to take a 3-1 lead at the end of one.

The teams each notched three goals in the second period. The Gauchos got scores from Katie Kepner, Kathryn Nelson, and Lizzie Rouleau. Rouleau's goal came with 2:07 left in the first half and it pulled Santa Barbara to within one, 5-4, but Gargiulo's second goal of the contest, with just 20 seconds to play, gave the Matadors a 6-4 lead at the break.

The second half was all Northridge as they outscored UCSB 6-1, including 4-0 in the fourth period. Christie Clark tallied the Gauchos' final goal of the match with 5:28 to play in the third quarter. They were blanked the rest of the way.

Jenny Gonzales had nine saves for Santa Barbara, while the Matadors Jillian Stapf collected 14.

In a non-conference afternoon match, the Gauchos jumped out to a 4-2 lead after one quarter, but could not hold on as Cal State San Bernardino's Ashley Hays scored with 1:52 left in overtime to give her team a 13-12 lead. The Coyotes held on over the final 1:52 to win by the same score.

Christie Clark scored with 5:42 left in regulation to give UCSB a 12-10 lead, but the Gauchos didn't score again. San Bernardino narrowed the gap to 12-11 on a goal by Freyja Berg with 2:43 to play. Berg then capped her team's rally by scoring the game-tying goal with just eight seconds to play in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for the Coyotes to win it in overtime. Berg finished with seven goals in the contest.

UCSB was led by Rouleau who scored four goals, one in each of he four regulation quarters. Gonzales started in goal for the Gauchos and had four saves in the first half. Freshman Kate Murphy played the second half and overtime, finishing with five saves.

The defeats drop the Gauchos to 5-18 overall. The loss to Northridge moves their league record to 1-11. UCSB will return to action on Thursday, April 24, when it opens play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at San Diego State.

1 2 3 4 Final Cal State Northridge 3 3 2 4 12 UC Santa Barbara 1 3 1 0 5

UCSB Goals: Kathryn Nelson 1, Katie Kepner 1, Claire Buchanan 1, Lizzie Rouleau 1, Christie Clark 1

CSUN Goals: Renee Gargiulo 3, Dayna Van Gorder 2, Allison Brookes 2, Jessica Coy 2, Kirra Kylander 1, Brianna Wilson 1, Sydney Sonoda 1

UCSB Goalie Saves:Jenny Gonzales 9

CSUN Goalie Saves:Jillian Stapf 14

                            1    2    3    4    OT    Final
Cal State San Bernardino    2    4    4    2    1    13
UC Santa Barbara            4    2    3    3    0    12
UCSB Goals: Lizzie Rouleau 4, Christie Clark 2, Gillian Morgan 2, Kathryn Nelson 1, Katie Kepner 1, Cailee Kilroy 1, Kristin Kulakowski 1.

CSUSB Goals: Freyja Berg 7, Sabrina Marquez 2, Ashley Hays 2, Kaitlin Hartman 1, Cheryl Salazar 1

UCSB Goalie Saves:Jenny Gonzales 4, Kate Murphy 5

CSUSB Goalie Saves:Bryanna Burns 8