Gauchos Travel to Montana, Idaho for First Road Tests of 2019

Christine Maurer
Christine Maurer

This Week
Game No. 4

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Montana Grizzlies
at Montana's South Campus Stadium
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Game No. 4
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Idaho Vandals
at Idaho's Kibbie Dome
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Gauchos to Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer on Sept. 15 vs. Stanford
When UCSB hosts No. 3 Stanford at Harder Stadium on Sept. 15, it will wear a special uniform and both teams will wear gold shoe laces in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Also, the first 150 kids through the gates will be given a special gold t-shirt to commemorate the day. The program will also honor two families at the game, both of which have lost loved ones to cancer.

UCSB Hits the Road for First Time in 2019
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team will  travel to Montana (Sept. 6) and Idaho (Sept. 8) for a pair of matches against Big Sky opponents. It marks the first time in 2019 that the Gauchos will play away from Harder Stadium.

The Opponents
UCSB is 2-0-0 all-time against Montana and 6-1-1 against Idaho. Most of the games against the Vandals came when Idaho was a member of the Big West Conference.

Gauchos Hope to Get Offensive on the Road
Since scoring a goal near the end of regulation in a 2-2 tie against Minnesota in the season opener on Aug 22, the Gauchos' offense has gone into hibernation. Since that goal by Jessica Wright, UCSB has gone scoreless for just over 217 minutes, resulting in a 0-0 double overtime tie with San Jose State and a 2-0 loss to visiting Cal on Aug. 30. In the tie with San Jose, the Gauchos had 15 shots, but in the defeat to Cal, they had just eight.

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 had 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 188-164-47. 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.

DeWeese Defends the Gauchos
Senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese had a season-high five saves in UCSB's 2-0 loss to Cal on Aug. 30. In the match prior to that, she recorded four saves in a 0-0 shutout against San Jose State. The shutout was DeWeese's first of 2019 and 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 three matches this season, the Carlsbad, Calif., native now has a career goals against average of 0.97

Maurer Makes Her Debut
Junior midfielder Christine Maurer, who missed the team's first two matches of 2019 with a foot injury, made her season debut in the Aug. 30 loss to Cal. Maurer, who is one of the team's top offensive returnees, had two of the Gauchos' eight shots against the Golden Bears. In 2018, the Temecula, Calif., native had two goals and one assist for five points. She also had 41 shots, including 19 on goal. Inn 2017, Maurer was named to the Big West Conference's All-Freshman Team after scoring six goals and passing off for one assist for 13 points. She was also second on the team with 44 shots, including 21 on frame.

Starters from the Start
A trio of newcomers have started all three matches to begin 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.

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. 

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. 

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.