5-1 Gauchos Continue Road Stretch, Travel to Fresno State Thursday

Shaelan Murison (Photo by Evan Kokoska)
Shaelan Murison (Photo by Evan Kokoska)

The Schedule
Game No. 7
Friday, Sept. 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Fresno State Bulldogs
At FSU's Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium

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Road Warriors
This week the Gauchos will continue a stretch of five consecutive road games when they travel to Fresno State for a game against the Bulldogs. UCSB opened the year in Las Vegas for a pair of neutral site games before returning home for two games. The team traveled to San Francisco and Cal last weekend, its first true road games of the season. Next week, Santa Barbara travels to the Beehive State (For those who are not into state nicknames, that's Utah.) for games at Weber State (Sept. 14) and Utah State (Sept. 16). The Gauchos will return home to host Pepperdine (Sept. 21) and Santa Clara (Sept. 23).

The Gauchos and Bulldogs
UCSB has an all-time record of 4-6-1 against Fresno State, including a 2-1 loss last season. The Gauchos had gone 4-0-1 in the five games preceding last year's defeat. 

Gauchos Get Weekend Split, Improve to 5-1
UCSB enters its game at Fresno State on Thursday with a 5-1 record. After a 4-0 start the Gauchos lost their first true road game of the season, 2-0 at San Francisco on Aug. 31. Two days later, they had one of their best victories in recent years when they came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to defeat Cal in overtime, 3-2.

Golden Goal Sinks Golden Bears
The Gauchos had one of their most improbable wins in recent years on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Cal. Trailing 2-0 in the second half, UCSB rattled off three consecutive goals, the third coming in overtime, to yank a victory from the jaws of defeat. Sydney Magnin got the ball rolling with a goal in the 60th minute and just over 21 minutes later, it was the team's leading goal scorer this season, Shaelan Murison, tying things up in the 81st minute. The Golden Goal came from Madeline Gibson who one-timed a free ball from about five yards above the penalty box that eluded a leaping goalkeeper to send the Gauchos into a wild celebration. It marked the program's first win over the Golden Bears since 1995.

Murison's Goal Scoring Streak Ends at USF Restarts at Cal
Junior Shaelan Murison is off to an outstanding start to the 2018 season. Murison enters Thursday's game at Fresno State with five goals and two assists for 12 points. She paces the Big West Conference in goals and points. Prior to going without a goal in UCSB's 2-0 loss at San Francisco on Aug. 31, she had scored at least one goal in three consecutive games. On Sept. 2 at Cal, Murison scored the game-tying goal in the 81st minute, sending the contest into overtime. Her five goals have all come in the last five matches. She has now scored 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points, a figure which ties her with Randi John for 29th on the school's all-time list. 

Hromatko's Continues Assist Binge at Cal
Senior Mallory Hromatko played forward and midfield her first three seasons at UCSB. As a freshman she scored nine goals, was a First Team All-Big West selection and the league's Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore, Hromatko was an honorable mention all-league selection. Last year, she didn't score a goal, but had three assists. In 2018, however, she was shifted to a defender position and has flourished, leading the team and, in fact, the Big West Conference with five assists. Her most recent assist came on Sydney Magnin's goal at Cal on Sunday, helping to kick-start a comeback win for the Gauchos. In her career, Hromatko has produced 13 goals, 16 assists and 42 points, the 18th most in school history. 

The Wright Stuff
Freshman Jessica Wright has two goals on the season and is one of four Gauchos to have scored multiple goals. In Sunday's win at Cal, the San Diego native produced her first assist of the season when she found Shaelan Murison in front of the left side of the goal and got the ball to her for the game-tying goal. Wright's five points are the most among all of UCSB's newcomers. 

Seven Goal Outburst is Largest in 14 Years
The seven goals that UCSB scored in its 7-0 win over Illinois-Chicago on Aug. 19 were the most since an 8-2 victory over UNC-Charlotte on Sept. 10, 2004 and it was just the 11th time in school history that the Gauchos have scored seven or more goals in a game and just the fifth since the 1991 season. Also, the seven-goal margin was the program's largest since an 8-0 win over Idaho on Oct. 31, 2003.

Scoring Depth
Through just six games, UCSB has had nine different players score at least one goal and four have scored two or more. In addition to Shaelan Murison (5), Christine Maurer (2), Jessica Clegg (2) and Jessica Wright (2) have scored multiple goals. Also, eight different players have assists, led by Mallory Hromatko with five. Murison, Katherine Sheehy and Ryan Kokoska each have a pair of assists. In all, 12 different Gaucho players have scored at least one point this season. 

The Stumpf File
UCSB head coach Paul Stumpf is in his 20th season at UCSB. Stumpf has the most women's soccer coaching victories in school history and he will enter Thursday's game at Fresno State with an overall record of 180-157-44. He is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year (1999 and 2015) and he guided the Gauchos to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009.