UCSB Takes Aim at First Win, Hosts Indiana Friday Night

Dyanne Anderson (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Dyanne Anderson (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Indiana University Hoosiers
At Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online Broadcast • Video Stream • Live Stats

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Oregon State Beavers
At Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online Broadcast • Video Stream • Live Stats
Note: The women's game against Oregon State will be followed immediately by the Gaucho men vs. Valparaiso.

Tickets Available
Tickets for UCSB women's are available at the stadium one hour prior to kick-off or in advance from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus.  For additional information, please call 805-893-3292 (UCSB) or click here.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Friday night game against Indiana with a record of 0-3.  The Gauchos have dropped matches to Kansas (2-1 in overtime), Missouri (2-0) and No. 19 Illinois (1-0).

UCSB Prepares For Another Big Ten Invasion
Friday's match against Indiana will be the second straight against a Big Ten opponent.  It will mark just the second time in the program's history that UCSB will play back-to-back contests against a school from the Big Ten.  In 2009, the Gauchos played consecutive matches against Michigan State and Illinois.

Close Ones Nothing New For Gauchos
UCSB's 1-0 loss to nationally ranked Illinois was its second one-goal defeat in three matches this season.  The Gauchos opened the year with a 2-1 overtime loss at Kansas.  In 2011, they played 13 one-goal matches and were involved in a pair of ties.  They lost eight of the one-goal matches and won five.  Two of the five losses came in sudden victory overtime. 

Something's Got To Give
Since scoring a goal in the second half of their opener at Kansas, the Gauchos have been scoreless over a period of more than 200 minutes.  In the waning minutes of the game against Illinois, UCSB threatened but couldn't break through.  Scoring goals was an issue for the Gauchos in 2011 as they tallied just 19 in 20 matches.  Sophomore Miranda Cornejo has scored the team's lone goal this season, doing so on a header at Kansas.

In Defense Of The Gauchos
Defensively, UCSB has been solid through three games.  Playing with, generally, a new defensive unit, the Gauchos have allowed just five goals and have a goals against average of 1.63.  Their opponents do have a  50-27 advantage in shots overall and a 25-8 edge in shots on goal, but only 20% have found their way into the back of the net. 

Oh Henry!
Junior goalkeeper Makenna Henry allowed five goals in the Gauchos first three matches, but she faced 50 shots, including 25 on goal.  Henry, who played all but 45 minutes in 2011, collected eight saves in each of the first two matches and another five in the home opener against Illinois.

Youth Is Served
UCSB has used seven freshmen and five sophomores in its first three matches of the 2012 season.  On the flipside of the coin, the Gauchos played just a pair of seniors in their first three – 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.