September 24, 2010

Gauchos, Bulldogs Battle to Scoreless Tie

Sept. 24, 2010

Box Score

FRESNO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (4-4-2) engaged with Fresno State (4-5-1) in a tight women's soccer battle on Friday night and after 110 minutes, nothing was decided.

"That was a good college soccer game," said Gauchos' head coach Paul Stumpf. "I thought we played really well on both ends."

Stumpf's UCSB squad outshot the Bulldogs by a 21-12 margin. The Bulldogs had five shots on goal while the Gauchos had just three. Santa Barbara's freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry blocked all five of Fresno's shots on goal to record her fourth shutout of the season.

"Makenna and our defensive group have done a great job," Stumpf said. "I think we've given up five goals in six games. That's pretty good."

The one major negative that came from Friday night's match was a red card for starting forward Alissa Sanchez.

"I asked the referee 'what's the deal'," Stumpf said. "I didn't think Alissa should have been ejected. That was a very quick decision by the referee. I thought it was a wrong decision."

UCSB was also without Big West Offensive Player of the Year Kailyn Kugler for the second straight game. Kugler,who suffered a leg injury in pre-game warm-ups for the game against Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 19, is expected to return for the opening of conference play on Oct. 1 at UC Riverside.

"Everyone starts out at 0-0-0 next week," Stumpf said. "We know that and, as a team, we are very excited about it."

The Gauchos travel to UC Riverside on Friday, Oct. 1, for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Highlanders. UCSB will play Long Beach State on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m.