Gauchos Take Down Pair of Top 25 Teams In Day 1 Of 2017 Winter Invitational

Gauchos Take Down Pair of Top 25 Teams In Day 1 Of 2017 Winter Invitational

Playing under windy conditions and a torrential rainfall, reigning Big West champion UCSB (2-0) got off to a smooth start to its 2017 campaign, defeating Cal Baptist 13-8 and Indiana 8-4 in the opening day of the 2017 Winter Invitational. Freshman utility Sarah Snyder led the way with a team-high five goals on the day, while Taylor Shore and Kate Pipkin had four apiece.

Rounding out the Gauchos' scorers were senior Jenna Solberg, sophomore Sarah Kreiser and freshman Kate Coski with two goals each, and freshmen Abbey Grosse and Natalie Selin with one goal apiece.

UCSB vs. Cal Baptist

The host Gauchos kicked off their annual Winter Invitational against Cal Baptist, a team that earned a No. 24 ranking in this year's CWPCP poll. The Lancers got on the board first, as Paizlee Dreyer found Lizette Perez for a goal fired across the cage at the 5:56 mark of the first quarter.

The rest of the opening period was all Gauchos, as Kreiser took advantage of a 6-5 to quickly tie things up at 1-1. A minute later, Snyder would make a great turn off a pass from senior Sophie Trabucco before firing in her second goal of the day towards the left corner, putting UCSB up 2-1.

With under a minute left, Pipkin put away her first goal as a Gaucho, scoring on a skip shot from the right side.

The Lancers were able to hold UCSB scoreless over the first 5:22 of the second quarter, as Perez and Valerie Spezzaferri both scored to tie the game at 3-3. Kreiser eventually found Jenna Solberg coming up on the left side, and the senior would fire in her first goal of the season to send the home side into the half up 4-3.

After the break, UCSB took its offense to the next level, outscoring Cal Baptist 6-2 in the third. Shore, the Gauchos' captain, would things started by firing a shot into the far corner after wearing the goalkeeper down with a series of fakes.

Selin would put away her first career goal several minutes later after being found on a great lead pass from freshman goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder. Another shot from Selin at the 2:56 mark was saved right to Coski, who put away her first goal as a Gaucho to make it 7-4.

Just 33 seconds later, Shore scored her second goal of the day, bringing the ball right down the middle with little resistance. Pipkin and Snyder would cap off the quarter with two more goals over the final 1:29, sending UCSB into the fourth up 10-5.

The Lancers were able to keep things interesting early in the fourth, as they went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to just 10-8 with five minutes to go. However, Snyder would score her third and fourth goals of the game, while Grosse would add her first ever goal to help earn UCSB a 13-8 victory in its season-opener.

UCSB vs Indiana

Facing Indiana later in the day, the Gauchos found themselves in a much tighter matchup through the first half. The opening quarter saw Shore and Snyder score two more goals, but the Hoosiers found a pair of equalizers from Sara Young and Mollie Williams to tie it at 2-2.

Coski would give the Gauchos the lead back after getting the ball in great position and scoring her second goal of the day. With a 6-on-5 midway through the second, Pipkin would send a pass into Shore from the right side, who scored her fourth goal of the day to make it 4-2.

Once again, the Hoosiers would have an answer, as Young would score on a nice turn inside before Williams equalized on a power play, tying it up at 4-4 heading into halftime.

UCSB's defense would shine in the second half, as it shut out Indiana for the remainder of the game. Kreiser scored on a power play to make it 5-4 early in the third. Pipkin, who scored 28 goals for Indiana as a freshman in 2016, would score a goal in both the third and the fourth quarter against her old team, giving her four for the day.

Capping things off was Solberg, who scored UCSB's final goal of the day with 3:27 to go in the fourth.

UCSB will be back in action for day two of the 2017 Winter Invitational when it plays Michigan (12:30 p.m.) and Pomona Pitzer (2:50 p.m.) tomorrow at Campus Pool.