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Gauchos Host Cal Before First Road Trip of the Season
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team will host Cal on Friday in the first game of a women's soccer-men's soccer twinbill. The Gaucho men will host UNLV following the women's match at 7:30. The contest against Cal will be the final game of UCSB's three-game homestand to open the 2019 season. Next week, the team will travel to Montana (Sept. 6) and Idaho (Sept. 8) for a pair of matches against Big Sky opponents.
The Gauchos have an all-time record of 6-10-3 against Cal. The teams last played on Sept. 2, 2018, with UCSB posting a come-from-behind 3-2 win in overtime. Trailing 2-0, the Gauchos scored goals in the 60th, 81st and 96th minute to post the win. Madeline Gibson scored the game-winner just under six minutes into the overtime. UCSB is 2-0-0 all-time against Montana and 6-1-1 against Idaho.
UCSB Fit to be Tied
In 2018, the UCSB women's soccer team didn't record a tie until the final regular season match at Cal Poly. In 2019, it hasn't taken the Gauchos as long to register their first tie. In fact, two games into the year, they have a pair of ties. In the season opener against Minnesota, a late second half goal gave them a 2-2 tie and three days later, they finished in a scoreless deadlock with San Jose State.
The Stumpf File
Paul Stumpf is in his 21st season as UCSB's head coach. He currently possesses a school record 188 wins and an overall mark of 188-163-47. Stumpf is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year (1999 and 2015), he has guided the program to two NCAA Tournaments, coached six Big West Offensive Players of the Year and three Big West Freshmen of the Year. Including his one season as an assistant coach at UCSB, he has been with the program for 22 seasons.
Murison Wastes No Time Proving Her Value
Senior forward Shaelan Murison was named to the Preseason All-Big West Conference Team and she wasted no time showing why as she scored the team's first goal of the season less than two minutes into the season opener against Minnesota. Murison, who scored 10 goals in 2018 and was named First Team All-Big West, has now tallied 18 career goals, nine assists and 45 points. Her goal against the Golden Gophers moved her into a tie with Allie Kueny for 13th in school history. Her 45 points put her one point ahead of Lisa Jack and in 16th all-time.
DeWeese Dials Up a Shutout Against San Jose State
Senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese recorded her first shutout of 2019 when she went all 110 minutes in a 0-0 draw with San Jose State. For DeWeese, it was the sixth complete game shutout of her career. Last year, she entered UCSB's Sept. 2 match at Cal in the second half and never left the lineup again. DeWeese played in 16 contests as a junior and made 15 starts. She posted a 0.94 goals against average and came up with 60 saves and a save percentage of .800. Combined with her two matches this season, the Carlsbad, Calif., native now has a career goals against average of 0.89.
The Wright Stuff
Sophomore Jessica Wright scored her first goal of the season late in the second half of the season opener against Minnesota, tying the score at 2-2. The goal was the third of Wright's career. She notched a pair of goals, to go along with two assists, as a freshman in 2018.
Junior Isabella Viana attended nearby Santa Barbara City College where she was an all-state player for the Vaqueros. In her first match since making the 10 mile shift up the coast to UCSB, Viana assisted on Jessica Wright's game-tying goal against Minnesota. In fact, the assist was the first and only one by the Gauchos this season.
Starters from the Start
A trio of newcomers have started both of UCSB's first two matches of the 2019 season. Junior Emma Vanderhyden, a transfer from Eastern Washington, junior Angelica Ortega, a transfer from Santiago Canyon College, and freshman Dylan Lewis from Culver City High School, have each started both of the Gauchos' matches. Vanderhyden has started as a defender, Ortega as a forward and Lews in the midfield.
UCSB Picked to Finish 2nd in 2019 Big West Race
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team has been picked to finish in second-place in the annual poll of the Big West Conference coaches. The Gauchos, who finished second in the regular season standings in 2018 with an overall record of 13-7-1 and a conference mark of 5-2-1, earned 69 total points and one first-place vote in the poll. Long Beach State, the regular season and Big West Tournament winner in 2018, received five first-place votes and 76 total points. UC Irvine was picked third with two first-place votes and 65 total points. Cal State Fullerton was a distant fourth-place pick with 42 points. CSUN and UC Riverside each garnered 35 points for fifth-place, Hawai'i was seventh with 31 points, UC Davis was eighth with 28 and Cal Poly received one first-place vote and 24 total points for ninth-place.