UCSB Returns Home to Host Fullerton Friday, Hawai'i Sunday

Photo by Evan Kokoska
Photo by Evan Kokoska

The Schedule
Game No. 16
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
At UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Video: BigWest.tv | Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 17
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 5 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine
At UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Video: BigWest.tv | Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Friday's game against Cal State Fullerton with an overall record of 9-6 and a Big West Conference record of 2-2. They have already won three more games than they did in all of the 2017 season when they finished 6-8-5.

Gauchos Equal 2017 Conference Win Total
UCSB has opened the 2018 Big West Conference season with a 2-2 record through four matches. The two victories equals last season's total when the team went 2-4-2 in league play.

The Opponents
UCSB is also 11-14-1 all-time against Cal State Fullerton. The Titans won last season's meeting between the programs, 1-0. The Gauchos are 7-5-0 all-time against Hawai'i with the Rainbow Wahine winning 2-1 in Honolulu last season.

Close Calls
Each of the Gauchos' four Big West Conference matches have been decided by one goal and three of those were 1-0 finals. UCSB opened league play with a 1-0 win over UC Davis, dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision at UC Irvine, defeated UC Riverside 1-0 and fell 1-0 at Long Beach State. In all, 10 of Santa Barbara's 16 matches this year have been decided by one goal with the team going 6-4 in those contests.

A Word About the Defense
As a team, UCSB is playing very solid defensively in 2018. Opponents have scored 15 goals in 15 games against the Gauchos, who have a goals against average of 0.97. Mallory Hromatko, who made the shift to the back line this season, along Sophia Dertorossian, Lauren Hess, Amanda Zabalza and Lauryn Payne, as well as goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese and a host of midfielders, have kept UCSB in every game this season. Overall, the Gauchos have allowed more than two goals just once (at Weber State) and they have allowed one or fewer 10 times. They have also posted six shutouts.

Fit to be Tied…Not!
In 2017, UCSB had five ties, the most in school history. This season it has yet to play to a draw. The last time the Gauchos went an entire season without a deadlock was in 2005 when they finished the year at 9-10-0. In all the program, which has been competing since 1983, has produced five seasons without a tie. Way back in the early years, it was more difficult to tie because overtime consisted of two 15 minute periods as opposed to the current 10 minute periods. Finally, the 15-match streak without a tie is the longest to open a season since 2005 when, as mentioned, Santa Barbara went the entire 19-game season without one.

Gauchos Surpass 2017 Goal Total
UCSB has scored 25 goals in its first 14 matches of the 2018 season, 1.79 per game. The Gauchos lead the Big West Conference in scoring. In addition, they have scored two or more goals seven times after having done so just four times in 2017. In fact, UCSB scored 24 goals in 19 contests last season and have already exceeded that total this season. 

UCSB Hands UC Riverside its First Defeat
After losing a heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime game on Oct. 5 at UC Irvine, the Gauchos bounced back with one of their biggest wins of the season. On Oct. 7, they traveled to UC Riverside and handed the Highlanders a 1-0 defeat, ending the home team's 12-match unbeaten streak. UCR entered the contest with a 10-0-2 record but a Shaelan Murison goal in the 84th minute gave the Gauchos the 1-0 victory.

Murison Continues to Lead UCSB in Scoring
Through 15 games, junior Shaelan Murison continues to lead the Gauchos and the Big West Conference in goals and points. Most recently, Murison scored the game-winning goal at UC Riverside, ending the Highlanders' 12-match unbeaten streak. She will enter Friday's game against Cal State Fullerton with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. The Santa Clara, Calif., native has now scored 16 goals and nine assists for 41 points, a figure that ranks her 19th on the school's all-time scoring list. Her 16 goals are the 14th most in UCSB history. 

With an Assist From Hromatko
Senior Mallory Hromatko continues to lead the Gauchos and Big West in assists with six. Most recently, Hromatko assisted on Shaelan Murison's game-tying goal in the Oct. 5 game at UC Irvine. While she hasn't scored a goal since her sophomore season, Hromatko now has career totals of 13 goals and 17 assists for 43 total points, a figure that ranks her tied for 17th on UCSB's all-time list. Her assist total is tied for 15th all-time.

DeWeese Seizes Her Opportunity
For a little over two seasons, junior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese bided her time on the Gauchos' bench. Now, as her third season winds to a conclusion, DeWeese has cemented herself in the starting lineup. The Carlsbad, Calif., native has played in 10 consecutive contests, including the last nine as a starter. She has allowed 10 goals in her 872:51 and she has 40 saves. DeWeese has recorded wins over UC Riverside (0 goals in 90:00), UC Davis (0 goals in 90:00), Cal (0 goals in 50:51), Fresno State (1 goal in 90:00) and Utah State (0 goals in 90:00). 

Deuces are Wild
Shaelan Murison has scored a team-leading nine goals for UCSB this season while six different players are tied for second with a pair apiece. Sydney MagninChristine MaurerJessica CleggMadeline GibsonJessica Parque and Jessica Wright have each scored two goals through the season's first 14 matches. In all, 11 different Gaucho players have scored goals in 2018. By contrast, last year's Gaucho team had just three players with two or more goals, including Maurer (6) and Murison (3).

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 11thtime 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.

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 Friday's game against UC Irvine with an overall record of 184-161-44. 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.