Seniors Play Final Home Game as Gauchos Host Blue-Green Rival Cal Poly Friday

Paige Gankema (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Paige Gankema (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs

On UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
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Gauchos Host Mustangs In Season's Final Home Game
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team will host Blue-Green Rival Cal Poly on Friday night on Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The game will be the Gauchos final regular season home game. 

Five Seniors Play Final Game At Harder Stadium
Friday's game against first-place Cal Poly will be the final home appearance for five UCSB seniors. Forward Allie Ariniello, defenders Paige and Lindsay Gankema and Taylor Gehring, and goalkeeper Makenna Henry will be suit it up in Santa Barbara for the last time. Three of the players, Ariniello, Paige Gankema and Gehring have started all 17 games for the Gauchos this season. Lindsay Gankema has started all 12 she has played in, missing five with an injury. Henry, a starter for most of her first three seasons, played in a trio of early-season matches before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

The UCSB Record
The Gauchos split matches again last weekend, defeating UC Riverside in overtime 1-0 before losing by the same score on Sunday at Cal State Fullerton. UCSB is 9-7-1 overall and 3-3 in the Big West. The Gauchos nine points in the standings are good for a second-place tie with UC Irvine and Riverside. The Anteaters, however, have played only five league matches. All three schools trail Cal Poly by six points and lead Long Beach State by one.

Net Gains For The Gauchos
With nine wins overall, UCSB has four 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. The three league wins and nine points this season surpass their totals of two wins and seven points last season. In terms of scoring, Santa Barbara scored 19 goals in its 19 matches in 2012 and has 20 in 17 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 14 through the first 17 matches.

Zeroing In On Victory
UCSB has nine victories in 2013 and all nine have come by way of shutout.  Never, in school history have the Gauchos won all of their games with shutouts.  In the nine wins, they have outscored their opponents 14-0.

Playing It Close To The Vest
The Gauchos have outscored their opponents 20-14 in 2013. Of the 14 goals that they have allowed, four came in a freakish 4-3 loss at Southern Utah back on Aug. 28, the only game in which they have allowed more than two goals. In the other 16 games, UCSB has allowed its opposition to score just 10 goals, an average of 0.62 per outing. Also, of the seven losses suffered by the Gauchos, six 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.

Martinez Makes The Most Of Her Time
On Oct. 18 against UC Riverside, freshman midfielder McKinsey Martinez made the most of her first appearance of the season for the Gauchos. Martinez entered the game for the first time in the 68th minute and stayed in during the first overtime. In the 95th minute, the Rancho Cucamonga native received a pass from Allie Ariniello and pushed home the game-winning score from about six yards out. She also played in the team's game on Oct. 20 at Cal State Fullerton, her second appearance. 

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 an 8-5-1 record and a Big West-leading goals against average of 0.63. All eight 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. Her total of eight shutouts is tied for the 10th most in school history.

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 137.  Overall, Stumpf's career record is 137-125-34.