Gauchos Host Grand Canyon Friday, No. 2 Stanford Sunday

Lauren Hess (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Lauren Hess (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Match No. 5
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Grand Canyon University Antelopes
at UCSB's Harder Stadium
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Match No. 6
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 2 Stanford University Cardinal
at UCSB's Harder Stadium
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Gauchos Host Grand Canyon Before Taking on No. 2 Stanford
UC Santa Barbara will host a pair of matches as it returns home from its first road trip of 2019. The Gauchos welcome Grand Canyon on Friday night. The Antelopes will bring a 1-5 record into the match. Since winning their season opener against Stetson, they have lost five in a row. The only matchup between UCSB and GCU was a 2017 contest in Phoenix that finished in a 1-1 tie. Second-ranked Stanford enters the week with a 5-0 record having outscored opponents by a count of 26-3. In their last two matches, the Cardinal pasted San Jose State (7-0) and San Francisco (9-0). UCSB and Stanford have played 14 times since the first meeting in 1983 and they each have a 6-6-2 record in the series. The last meeting between the schools, in 2013, was won by the Cardinal, 2-0.

Gauchos to Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer on Sept. 15 vs. Stanford
When UCSB hosts No. 2 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 Gets First Win, Montana Match Cancelled
On Sept. 8, UCSB notched its first win of the season, a 3-0 decision at the University of Idaho. In that match, the Gauchos scored all three goals in the first half and then cruised in the second half to improve their record to 1-1-2. They were supposed to play at Montana on Friday, Sept. 6, but after 45 scoreless minutes, lightning arrived and, following a number of delays, it became too dark to continue the match and it became a no-result.

Murison Continues to Add to Goal Total
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. In the UCSB's 3-0 win at Idaho on Sept. 8, she scored the team's third goal, her second of the season, on a beautiful header off a perfect free kick from Emma Vanderhyden. Murison, who scored 10 goals in 2018 and was named First Team All-Big West, has now tallied 19 career goals, nine assists and 47 points. Her goal against Idaho moved her into 13th in school history. Her 47 points put her one point behind of Jaqui Simon for 16th all-time. Murison has scored her two goals on 20 shots overall, 10 of which have been on goal. Her 20 shots are almost half of UCSB's total of 44 and her 10 shots on goal are exactly half of the team's total of 20.

The Wright Stuff
Sophomore Jessica Wright scored her second goal of the season in the Gauchos' win at Idaho on Sept. 8, equaling her goal output for 2018. Wright also scored one of the team's goals in a 2-2 tie with Minnesota. She has done her damage while recording a mere six overall shots and she has scored on both of her shots on goal.

Maurer Gets Into Scoring Column at Idaho
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, notched her first goal of the season in the win at Idaho. In 2018, the Temecula, Calif., native had two goals and one assist for five points. She also had 41 shots, including 19 on goal. In 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.

DeWeese Continues Stellar Play
Senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese needed just a pair of saves to record a 3-0 shutout at Idaho in UCSB's last game. For DeWeese, it was her second complete game shutout of the season and the seventh of her career. She lowered her goals against average on the season to 0.90 and her career goals against average is now 0.95.  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. In 2019, she has played all 400 minutes for the Gauchos.

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 didn't take 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 189 wins and an overall mark of 189-164-47. 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.