August 31, 2011

UCSB Hosts Fresno State, New Mexico

• The Schedule 
Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. 
UCSB Gauchos vs. Fresno State Bulldogs

at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online Broadcast: KCSB.org
Live Stats available at UCSBgauchos.com

Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos vs. University of New Mexico Lobos

at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online Broadcast: KCSB.org
Live Stats available at UCSBgauchos.com

• Tickets Available
Tickets are available for all UCSB women's soccer games beginning one hour before kick-off.  They can also be purchased from the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or online at UCSBgauchos.com.  Remember, men's soccer season tickets are available and with each one purchased, the buyer receives a free women's soccer season ticket.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Friday night match against Fresno State with a record of 1-2-1.  After a successful opening weekend at the UNLV Rebel Classic in which they beat the Rebels and tied Idaho, the Gauchos dropped a pair of one-goal decisions in their opening home weekend of the 2011 season.  On Friday night, they battled 16th-ranked Santa Clara to a 1-1 tie into the 89th minute, but a late Broncos goal gave them the win.  On Sunday, although they dominated the first half, 26th-ranked Minnesota had to settle for a 1-0 win.

• Old Nemesis Returns To Haunt UCSB
In its first two home games of the 2011 season, UCSB received a visit from an old nemesis: the inability to finish offensively.  After one goal in each of their games in Las Vegas, the Gauchos could muster just one goal, total, in the matches against Santa Clara and Minnesota.  Also, after they outshot the opposition 44-9 in the first two games, they had the favor returned to them in week two.  Minnesota and Santa Clara combined for 31 shots while UCSB had just 15 in the two games.

• Oh, Henry!
Despite being outshot 31-15 in their two games last weekend, the Gauchos were in the matches right to the final whistle.  One of the primary reasons that UCSB was able to keep it close in the games against Santa Clara and Minnesota was sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Henry.  After needing only four saves the first weekend, Henry made nine saves in week two.  In fact, on Sunday against the Golden Gophers, she had a season-high five, including four in the first half when Santa Barbara was outshot 11-0.  Overall, Henry has recorded 13 saves through four matches, an average of 3.2 per match.  Her goals against average entering play this weekend is a solid 0.95.

• Anderson Takes Her Best Shots
Junior forward Dyanne Anderson has scored only one goal in her first four matches as a Gaucho, but it isn't for lack of trying.  The transfer from Rancho Santiago College is, by far, UCSB's leader in shots with 16, eight of which have been on goal.  The next highest shot total for a Santa Barbara player is seven, by junior Erin Ortega.

Lindsay Gankema Gets Her First Goal
Sophomore Lindsay Gankema can give partial thanks to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium's new video capabilities for her first collegiate goal.  Gankema scored the Gauchos goal in their 2-1 loss to Santa Clara, but by the naked eye, it was almost impossible to tell.  It was originally credited to Erin Ortega, but a check of the instant replay in the press box revealed Gankema scoring on a header.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 13th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 117-97-30. 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.