Snyder’s Four Goals Power No. 8 UCSB to 11-10 Win Over No. 21 Wagner

Jenna Solberg (Photo by Richard Quinton)
Jenna Solberg (Photo by Richard Quinton)

TEMPE, Ariz. - Playing in its first game away from home this season, No. 8 UCSB (5-2) used a late 4-0 run to defeat No. 21 Wagner (0-1) by a final score of 11-10 on day one of the ASU Tournament in Arizona.

Sarah Snyder continued her dazzling form to start the season, scoring a game-high four goals for the second time in seven games. The freshman also tallied two assists, one steal, and drew two ejections. With a team-leading 15 goals already this year, Snyder remains the only Gaucho to score in all seven of UCSB's games.

Senior Taylor Shore was the only other Gaucho with multiple scores on the day, adding two of her own to go along with two assists and three steals. UCSB is now 5-0 this year when its captain scores two or more goals.

Sarah Kreiser, Kate Pipkin, Natalie Selin, Sophie Trabucco and Abbey Grosse all had one goal apiece to round out the Gauchos' scoring.

UCSB didn't get off to a fast start to the game by its usual standards, trailing 3-1 after the opening period thanks to a goal from Trabucco at the 2:24 mark.

The Gauchos would begin to grab hold of the game in a back-and-forth second period, scoring six goals to tie a season-high for a single quarter. Shore got things started with a goal at the 6:42 mark, cutting the deficit to just one at 3-2.

After Wagner's Kimberly Watson answered to double the Seahawks' advantage, the Gauchos went on a 3-0 to take their first lead of the game, 5-4. The Seahawks took the lead right back with two straight goals, but Snyder and Selin would put away two scores over the final 1:19 of the half to give UCSB a 7-6 lead at the break.

The third quarter would prove to be the lowest scoring of the day, as Wagner found yet another equalizer with 3:30 to go. Tied 7-7, the Gauchos would go on a 4-0 run, scoring twice in both the third and the fourth, to take a commanding 11-7 lead with 5:35 remaining.

Perhaps taking their foot of the gas pedal, the Gauchos allowed the Seahawks to score three unanswered goals over the final 4:54, but eventually held on to earn the 11-10 victory.

Pipkin led UCSB with three assists, while Snyder (2), Trabucco (2) and Grosse also tallied helpers.

On the defensive side, freshman goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder finished with nine saves, one of which came on a penalty. Senior Brenna Thomas tied Shore for the team-high with three steals and Selin had two of her own.

Santa Barbara will play tournament host Arizona State tomorrow at 1 p.m. for its final match of the weekend.