Gauchos Make Home Debut Friday as No. 19 Illinois Visits

Makenna Henry (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Makenna Henry (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 19 University of Illinois Fighting Illini
At Meredith Field at Harder Stadium

Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Indiana University Hoosiers
At Meredith Field at Harder Stadium

The Gaucho Record
UCSB opened the 2012 regular season in the scorching Midwest last week. The Gauchos lost their opener in tough fashion, 2-1 in overtime at Kansas, and then on Sunday they dropped a 2-0 decision to Missouri. 

No. 19 Illinois Comes To Santa Barbara
UCSB won't catch much of a break as it hosts No. 19 Illinois in its home opener on Friday.  The match against the Fighting Illini will mark the first of two consecutive Big Ten opponents to appear at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  On Aug. 31, the Gauchos will host Indiana in another 7:00 p.m. game.

Close Ones Nothing New For Gauchos
UCSB's 2-1 overtime loss at Kansas might have felt a little like déjà vu.  The Gauchos played 13 one-goal matches and were involved in a pair of ties in 2011.  They lost eight of the one-goal matches and won five.  Two of the five losses came in sudden victory overtime decisions.

Cornejo Gets Gauchos Going
Sophomore Miranda Cornejo scored UCSB's goal in its heartbreaking loss at Kansas as she knocked home a header off of a free kick from Taylor Gehring.  The goal was the second of Cornejo's career as she scored one during her freshman season in 2011.

Mead Gets Her Chances
In Sunday's loss at Missouri, Santa Barbara was able to muster five shots on goal, four of which came off the foot of sophomore midfielder Indiana Mead.  The Nevada native recorded five shots overall in the match against the Tigers. 

Oh Henry!
Junior goalkeeper Makenna Henry allowed four goals in the Gauchos first two matches, but she faced 38 shots, including 20 on goal.  Henry, who played all but 45 minutes in 2011, collected eight saves in each of the first two matches and recorded a save percentage of .800.

Youth Is Served
UCSB used eight freshmen and three sophomores in its first two matches of the 2012 season.  On the flipside of the coin, the Gauchos played just a pair of seniors in their first two matches – Erin Ortega and Dyanne Anderson.  With 22 freshmen and sophomores on a roster of 30 players, that pattern should not change much as the season evolves.