Gauchos Look to Build on First Win, Host San Francisco Friday

Paige Gankema (Photo by James Colon)
Paige Gankema (Photo by James Colon)

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of San Francisco Dons
At Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
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Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at Noon
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Weber State Wildcats
At the Mather Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Friday night match against the University of San Francisco with a record of 1-4-1.  Since opening the season with a record of 0-3, the Gauchos have gone 1-1-1.

UCSB Goes On The Road For First Win
It wasn't easy, but the Gauchos were able to record their first win of the season when they traveled to Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 10.  UCSB scored a goal early in the first half and then held on for a 1-0 shutout victory.

Gauchos Turn The Paige For First Win
UCSB used a goal by an unlikely source for its first win of the season.  Junior defender Paige Gankema took a pass from Indiana Mead and bounced home a shot over the Cal State Bakersfield goalkeeper, giving the Gauchos the only goal they would need in the win.  The goal was the first of Gankema's career.  Paige would now seem entrenched in Santa Barbara's starting lineup.  She has started the last three games and played in five of the six.  Paige's twin sister, Lindsay, is also a stable on the backline and has started all six contests in 2012.

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
UCSB was without two more starters in its game at Cal State Bakersfield.  One of the team's most important players, senior midfielder Erin Ortega, sat out the match after suffering a head injury in a Sept. 7 game against Oregon State.  Defender Taylor Gehring did not play after suffering a knee injury in the same game.  The status for both Ortega and Gehring remains up in the air for Friday night's game vs. San Francisco

The Kids In the Hall
UCSB began the season with 21 sophomores and freshmen on its roster of 30.  Through the first six games, the Gauchos have used nine freshmen and seven sophomores in at least one game.

Henry Continues Stellar Performance
Before the season started, head coach Paul Stumpf said he thought one of the keys for UCSB this season was the health of junior goalkeeper Makenna Henry.  Through six games in 2012, Henry has remained healthy and has, generally, been outstanding.  The shutout of Cal State Bakersfield was her second of the season.  A week earlier, Henry blanked Indiana in double overtime.  She has allowed two goals or less in all six games this season has kept the team in virtually every one.  The Gauchos have lost three contests by one goal in addition to their scoreless tie.  In all, Henry has lowered her goals against average to 1.11 in 566:34.  She has 34 saves and a save percentage of .829.

Conservative Games
Through six games this year, UCSB and its opposition have combined for just nine goals, an average of 1.5 per match.  The most combined goals scored in any one outing was three, which occurred in the opener when the Gauchos were beaten in overtime by Kansas, 2-1.