Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
At CSUB's Main Soccer Field
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Friday night match against Oregon State (4-1-0 overall) with a record of 0-3-1. In their last match, the Gauchos battled Indiana to a 0-0 tie, ending their season-opening three-game losing streak.
Another Major Road Block
When the Gauchos hit the turf for their match against Oregon State on Friday, they will be playing a fifth consecutive opponent from a major conference. Through four games this season, UCSB has played Missouri (Southeastern Conference), Kansas (Big 12), Illinois (Big Ten) and Indiana (Big Ten). Oregon State hails from the Pac 12.
Henry Honored For Stellar Effort In Goal
Makenna Henry has been, at times, tremendous in goal for UCSB this season. The junior from Fountain Valley, Calif., has started all four matches, allowing five goals and posting a 1.16 goals against average. She has 28 saves and a save percentage of .848. On three occasions, she has posted eight saves. In the Gauchos' last match, a 0-0 tie with Indiana, Henry had eight saves and held the Hoosiers scoreless for 110 minutes. For her effort in that match, she was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week.
Gauchos Show Signs Of Offensive Life
Although it didn't score a goal in its 0-0 tie with Indiana, UCSB was definitely more offensive…in a good way. The Gauchos logged a season-high 20 shots, eight of which were on frame, in the tie with the Hoosiers. The previous high this season was 11 on Aug. 24 against Illinois. UCSB has, in fact, increased its shot total in every game this year. After going for a season-low six in the Aug. 19 opener at Kansas, the Gauchos had 10 at Missouri, 11 vs. Illinois and 20 vs. Indiana.
The Defense Never Rests
Goalkeeper Makenna Henry has been outstanding for the Gauchos this season, but from a defensive standpoint, she has had some help. Defenders Lindsay Gankema, Taylor Gehring, Paige Gankema, Dyanne Anderson, McKenzie Walsh and Miranda Cornejo have each factored in to UCSB's effort that has resulted in just five opponent goals in nearly 387 minutes of action. Lindsay Gankema, Cornejo and Anderson have started each of the four contests. Anderson, who is switching back-and-forth between the forward line the back line, has made one of her starts up front. Another defender expected to see playing time beginning with Friday's match-up against Oregon State is Megan Romanowski, who has played in just one match to this point.