Gauchos Host UCR in Breast Cancer Awareness Game Friday

Allie Ariniello (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Allie Ariniello (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
At UCSB's Harder Stadium
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Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
At Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium
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Think Pink Friday Vs. UC Riverside
Friday's game against UC Riverside will be a breast cancer awareness game for UCSB. The night before the game, following practice, former Gaucho Lori Ortiz will speak to the team. Ortiz, who played in the 1980s, is a breast cancer survivor. Tickets for the game are available from the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.

UCSB Splits Weekend
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team split its time this weekend, playing one game at home and another on the road. The Gauchos host UC Riverside on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The Highlanders begin the weekend tied for first in the Big West Conference with a 3-1 record and nine points. On Sunday, UCSB travels to Orange County to face Cal State Fullerton, which will enter its Friday game with a 1-1-1 league record.

The UCSB Record
The Gauchos are currently in fourth-place in the Big West with a 2-2 record for six points. Overall, they have gone 8-6-1 and the eight wins equals the most by any team in the conference.

Net Gains For The Gauchos
With eight wins overall, UCSB has three more victories than it had during the entire 2012 season.  Last year, the Gauchos went 5-12-2 overall and 2-6-1 in the Big West. Their two league wins this season equals their total from last season. In terms of scoring, Santa Barbara scored 19 goals in its 19 matches in 2012, the same total that it has piled-up through 15 contests this season. Even more significant is the other side of the ledger. Last season, UCSB allowed opponents to score 29 goals, this season they've allowed just 13 through the first 15 matches.

You Will Get Nothing…And Like It!
UCSB has eight victories in 2013 and all eight have come by way of shutout.  Never, in school history have the Gauchos won all of their games with shutouts.  In the eight wins, they have outscored their opponents 13-0. 

Playing It Close To The Vest
The Gauchos have outscored their opponents 19-13 in 2013.  Of the 13 goals that they have allowed, four came in a freakish 4-3 loss at Southern Utah. In the other 14 games, UCSB has allowed its opposition to score just nine goals, an average of 0.64 per outing. Also, of the six losses suffered by the Gauchos, five have been decided by just one goal. The only exception was a 2-0 loss to Texas Tech, which is currently ranked 18th by the NSCAA. 

Right Up Her Allie
Senior Allie Ariniello scored a goal in each of UCSB's first three matches this season, the first three of her career, but she had not scored since. Until Sunday, that is. Ariniello's first half goal at Cal State Northridge proved to be the game-winner as the Gauchos defeated the Matadors 1-0. In addition to her four goals, the native of Carlsbad, Calif., has a assisted on two others for a total of 10 points.  Entering the season, Ariniello not only had not scored a goal, she had not scored a point.

Ritter's Relief Effort Is A Big Relief For UCSB
Sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter was thrown into the fire early in the season when senior starter Makenna Henry was injured and sidelined for the season. Ritter has not missed a beat and, in all, has been outstanding. She enters the weekend with a 7-4-1 record and a Big West-leading goals against average of 0.65. All seven of her wins have come by shutout.  At one point, Ritter recorded five consecutive shutouts, the third longest streak in UCSB history and the longest since Jan Urich had six in succession in 1989.

The Stumpf File
Paul Stumpf is in his 15th season as the head coach of the UCSB women's program.  He is the school's all-time leader in coaching victories with 136.  Overall, Stumpf's career record is 136-124-34.