Gauchos Host No. 16 Santa Clara Friday, No. 26 Minnesota Sunday

Kathleen Matthew (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Kathleen Matthew (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule 
Friday, August 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. 
UCSB Gauchos vs. Santa Clara University Broncos

at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium

Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. 
UCSB Gauchos vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium

• The Gauchos On The Air
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• Men's Tix Get You Women's Tix
UCSB men's soccer season tickets remain on sale and with every one purchased, fans also receive a women's soccer season ticket.  The nationally-ranked Gaucho men open the regular season on Saturday, Aug. 27 when they host Seattle University in a 7:00 p.m. match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  For season ticket information, please call 805-893-UCSB, stop by the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or click here.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its first home game of the season with a 1-0-1 record.  In 2010, the Gauchos finished the year with an overall record of 8-9-1 and a Big West mark of 3-5-0.  They finished in fifth-place in the league.

• UCSB Prepares For Opening Home Weekend
After spending a blistering three and a half days in Las Vegas last weekend, the UCSB women's soccer team returns home to the mild climate of Santa Barbara this weekend.  The Gauchos will play a pair of games to begin a run of four consecutive home games.  On Friday, they will host traditional power and 16th-ranked Santa Clara in a 7:00 p.m. game at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  On Sunday, things won't get much easier as 26th-ranked Minnesota comes to town.  Last year the Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA's Sweet 16.  The game, originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m., will actually begin at 11:30 a.m.  UCSB will remain at home next weekend, hosting Fresno State (Sept. 2) and New Mexico (Sept. 4).

• The Heat Is Was On And UCSB Responded
Playing in the heat of the desert, UCSB had a solid weekend at the UNLV Rebel Classic.  In Friday's opener, the Gauchos and Vandals traded goals early in the first half and then went the rest of the way scoreless.  While Santa Barbara didn't score a second goal, it did dominate the run of play and finished with 29 shots, 15 of which were on goal.  On the flip-side, Idaho had seven shots, three on goal.  On Sunday, the Gauchos defense was even more dominant as they held the host Rebels to two shots, both on goal, in a 1-0 win.  In the two games, UCSB outshot its opponents by a 54-9 margin.  

UCSB Picked Fifth In Coaches Poll
The Big West Conference coaches picked the 2011 Gauchos to finish in the same spot as last year.  UCSB was picked to finish fifth in the league's regular season standings with 48 points in the poll.  UC Irvine, which won the crown last year and went to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection, was picked to repeat with 78 points and seven first-place votes.  Long Beach State, which finished second in the regular season in 2010 but won the Big West Tournament, was picked second with 70 points.  Cal State Northridge were picked third and fourth respectively with 52 and 51 points.  Pacific received one first-place vote.  Cal Poly, which was picked sixth, received the other first-place nod.

• Anderson Makes Her Presence Felt
Junior forward Dyanne Anderson was a prolific scorer during her two seasons at Rancho Santiago College in Orange County, but how that would translate at the NCAA Division I level was an unknown.  Until she got to UCSB.  From early-on in training camp, it became pretty clear to the Gauchos' coaching staff that Anderson could get it done offensively.  In the season-opener against Idaho, the San Clemente, Calif., native did not score, but she pounded out nine shots, six on frame.  In Sunday's win over UNLV, Anderson had two shots and score her first goal, the game-winner in the 82nd minute.

Defense Off To A Great Start
When it comes to UCSB women's soccer, one thing can normally be counted on: the defense will be outstanding.  Granted, coaches are rarely satisfied with a team's defensive effort, but it would be difficult to pick apart the Gauchos first two games against Idaho and UNLV.  In the two, they limited the opposition to just nine shots, a mere five of which were on frame, and one goal.  Sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Henry needed just four saves in the two matches and enters the first home weekend of the year with a 0.45 goals against average.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 13th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 117-95-30. His 117 wins are the most in school history.  On Sept. 9, 2009 he became the school's all-time leader in coaching with as the Gauchos defeated William and Mary, 2-0.  Stumpf has guided UCSB to two of the last three NCAA Tournaments.  Prior to 2008, the Gauchos had not been to the tourney since 1991. 2008 also marked the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins.  He has led the program to records of .500 or better in eight of the last 12 seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1988-91.  In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and instead posted an 8-9-1 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Big West.  Following the season, he was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year.  On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.    

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