October 14, 2011

UCSB Hosts UC Riverside Sunday Evening

• The Schedule 
Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. 
UCSB Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders

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

• Tickets Available
The UCSB women's soccer team has just two home matches remaining.  The Gauchos host UC Riverside on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5:00 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium and then, on Oct. 28, they host Cal Poly at 7:00 p.m.  The matcha against the Mustangs will be Senior Night and all of the team's senior players will be saluted prior to the match.  Tickets for both contests, as well as men's soccer, men's basketball and women's basketball, can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB or online by clicking here.  

• Ticket Office Open Saturdays
Don't forget the UCSB ICA Ticket Office is open Saturday's from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and there are two convenient parking spots available in the area between the ICA Building and Robertson Gym.

  The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Sunday evening game against UC Riverside with an overall record of 5-9-2 and a Big West record of 0-4-0.  The Gauchos are winless in their last five matches going 0-4-1 over that span.  The five-game winless streak comes on the heels of a two-game winning streak and a  three-game unbeaten string.

 • Close Only Counts In...
In the first weekend of Big West play, UCSB lost two matches by identical scores and under identical circumstances.  The Gauchos dropped 2-1 decisions to visiting Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton with each coming in overtime on a penalty kick after a handball in the box.  Doesn't get more painful than that.  In week two of conference play, Santa Barbara went on the road and lost matches at UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge, both by 1-0 scores.  UCSB has now lost four straight matches by one goal and, in fact, seven of the team's nine defeats this season have been by one goal.

Wanted: Goals
UCSB has scored just 14 goals in 16 matches this season.  They have been shutout five times and scored one goal nine other times.  The Gauchos tallied a season-high three goals in a Sept. 2 win over Fresno State and one week later, on Sept. 9, they scored a pair in a 2-0 win at Oakland University.  Those are the only times this season that UCSB has scored more than once in a match.

Shooting Gallery
The Gauchos' scoring struggles are not a result of a lack of opportunities.  They enter Sunday's game against UC Riverside with 216 shots on the season, 92 of which have been on goal.  By comparison, UCSB opponents have just 176 shots overall with 76 on frame.  The Gauchos shot percentage is .065, their opponents have a .119 mark.  In addition, Santa Barbara has 82 corner kicks through 16 matches while the opposition has 64.  

• The Other Side Of The Story
While UCSB has had trouble scoring this season, its defense, for the most part, has been stellar.  The Gauchos have allowed just 21 goals in 16 contests and have a 1.27 goals against average.  Of the 21 goals allowed, three were on penalty kicks, so they have actually allowed just 18 goals during the run of play.  UCSB's defenders have been some of the most stable parts of the team.  Senior Alexa Stringer has started all 16 matches on the back line while seniors Nicole Romanowski and Alyssa Benjamin have each started and played in 14 and senior Kat Matthew has played in all 16, starting 12.   

The Last Word In Defense
Sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Henry has been the last line of defense for UCSB and she has done a solid, sometimes spectacular, job.  She has played every minute for the Gauchos this season, a total of 1,485, and allowed 21 goals, three of which came on penalty kicks.  She has a 1.27 goals against average and 50 saves for a save percentage of .704.  Last weekend, in games at UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge, Henry allowed just two goals and came up with 10 saves.  Finally, if you exclude back-to-back games against nationally ranked Michigan State and Pepperdine, she has allowed just 14 goals in the other 14 games, 11 of which came during the run of play.  Henry's goals against average in those 14 is a very solid 0.96 goals against.

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