Gauchos Split Games on Day Two of Barbara Kalbus Invitational, Face No. 16 UCSD Tomorrow

Abbey Grosse (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Abbey Grosse (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

IRVINE, Calif. – On day two of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, No. 9 UCSB (9-6) split its two games, first defeating No. 22 CSUN (9-12) 11-8 before falling to No. 17 San Jose State (6-9) in overtime, 9-7.

Senior Taylor Shore and sophomore Sarah Kreiser led the way with four goals for the day, with Shore pouring in all four in the win over the Matadors. Senior Brenna Thomas and freshman Sarah Snyder both chipped in with three each.

Cal State Northridge

Facing Northridge for the second time this season, the Gauchos made it two-for-two behind Shore's four goals, three of which came in the second quarter. It was the fifth time in 15 games this season that the captain finished with three or more goals.

After trailing 2-0 to start the game, UCSB got its first scratch from freshman Natalie Selin at the 2:08 mark of the opening period. The Gauchos would take their first lead early in the second after goals from Shore and Snyder made it 3-2. Shore added two more before halftime to give Santa Barbara a 5-4 lead at the break.

UCSB turned in five more goals in a hectic third quarter, as Kreiser, Snyder, Thomas, Shore and Pipkin all chipped in to give the Gauchos a 10-7 lead heading into the final frame. Kreiser extended the Gauchos' lead to 11-7 midway through the fourth as they held Northridge to just one goal, its lowest output in any quarter, over the final eight minutes.

Redshirt senior Miranda Schrader had a team-high four assists, while Shore and Pipkin led the way with four steals apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder stayed strong in the cage once again, finishing with nine saves and three steals.

San Jose State

In their second game of the day, the Gauchos found themselves leading by two goals on multiple occasions before the Spartans ended the game on a 5-1 run, earning a 9-7 victory after two overtime periods.

Senior Sophie Trabucco got things started with a goal at the halfway point of the first quarter, giving UCSB its first lead of the game, 1-0. San Jose State would score two straight to head into the second leading 2-1.

The Gauchos shutout the Spartans in the second period, picking up a pair of goals from Thomas to take a 3-2 lead at the half. Both teams traded goals in the third quarter, as Snyder and Kreiser scored for UCSB to give them a 5-4 advantage heading into the fourth.

Despite once again extending to a two-goal lead off Pipkin's only score of the game at the 5:19 mark, it was all San Jose State from that point on, as the Spartans put away two goals within a minute to tie it at 6-6 with 1:31 left in regulation.

San Jose would take its first lead of the game, 7-6, with just over a minute and a half to go in the first overtime session, but just 24 seconds later, Kreiser found an equalizer for UCSB.

In the second overtime, the Spartans scored two unanswered to take a 9-7 victory.

Shore paced the Gauchos with five more steals and Snyder tied a season-high with 15 saves for a .625 save percentage.

The Gauchos will face No. 16 UC San Diego tomorrow in the 11th place game at 11:30 a.m. at Corona del Mar Pool in their final game of the weekend.