Aug. 22, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In its Friday night season-opening 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge, the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team played nearly flawless soccer. On Sunday, the Gauchos repeated the result with a 2-0 home win over Cal State Bakersfield, but it was anything but a beautiful match.
"Friday night we won pretty," said UCSB head coach Paul Stumpf. "Today, we didn't. It was an ugly game, but we have players who can adjust and win in different ways."
The Gauchos (2-0-0) dominated the match against Bakersfield (0-1-0), but didn't score until the second half.
With the game scoreless just over 14 minutes into the second half, senior midfielder Jacqui Simon played a ball into senior forward Kailyn Kugler. Kugler drove down the right side of the penalty box and cracked a cross to senior midfielder Erica Seidman in the middle of the goal mouth. Seidman settled and rifled a shot past Roadrunner goalkeeper Kym Gause, giving Santa Barbara a 1-0 lead. The goal was Seidman's second in two matches and the third of her career.
"Erica (Seidman) was a bit player for three years," Stumpf said. "The fact is, she is still here. It is a result of her resilience. She was challenged and she worked very hard to get back to the point where she is an important part of our team. I give her great admiration. She worked incredibly hard and accomplished great things."
UCSB added an insurance goal by Alissa Sanchez at 79:13. Sophomore Erin Ortega crossed a ball from left to right. Freshman Erica Shelton's header was blocked by Gause, but Alissa Sanchez was right in front of the goal and rifled a shot that gave the Gauchos a 2-0 lead.
Santa Barbara held on to improve to 2-0.
"While Friday was pretty, today was not," Stumpf said. "We've given up eight shots in two games. Mac (Freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry) has needed one save in two games to get two shutouts. That speaks to the 10 players in front of her. They have done a great job. She (Henry) has made the right decisions, but the players in front of her have done a great job."
Bakersfield had some outstanding chances to break through. After UCSB scored its first goal, the Roadrunners had an opportunity to knot the score when Sam Peña got past the Gauchos' defense and went one-on-one with Henry, the Gauchos' keeper. However, Peña's shot, which was wide open, skittered wide to the right and the score remained 1-0.
UCSB will return to action on Friday, August 27, when it hosts Saint Joseph's in a 5:00 p.m. match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The Hawks, who hail from Philadelphia, are a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho women's and men's soccer season are on sale now and this year's packages include tickets for the 2010 College Cup, being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one College Cup All Session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.
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