Feb. 5, 2006
Santa Barbara, CA - Coming off of two wins in Northridge, the Bruins headed to Santa Barbara to take on the No. 10 UCSB Gauchos. They defeated the Gauchos 10-7, moving their record to 3-0 and 2-0 in the MPSF conference. The Bruin interseason winning streak is now 36 games.
The first goal was scored by Gaucho sophomore attacker Lindsay Knott with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter. Monique Blanchard answered back and began a seven-goal scoring streak for UCLA that ended with Courtney Mathewson's goal with 28 seconds left in the second quarter. Kelly Rulon tallied three consecutive goals during the aforementioned scoring run. Alaina Whitaker ended Santa Barbara's offensive drought just before the buzzer, bringing the score to 7-2 UCLA at halftime.
The Gauchos came back in the second half, scoring five out of the eight goals. Knott found the back of the cage just two minutes into the third quarter, and the home team pulled within four goals on two other occasions, but the Bruins thwarted each rally. UCSB ended the fourth quarter with consecutive goals from junior ZiZi Clark and Whitaker to pull within 10-7, but it was too little, too late.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday, February 11th at the Stanford Invitational.
UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara
UCLA Goals: Kelly Rulon 3, Kristina Kunkel 2, Monique Blanchard, Gabrielle Domanic, Tanya Gandy, Jillian Kraus, Courtney Mathewson.
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 4
UCSB Goals: Knott 2, Whitaker 2, Antonsen, Clark, Karkin
UCSB Saves: Redaelli 6