UCSB Travels to Santa Clara for 2009 Regular Season Opener

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Aug. 21, 2009

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• The Schedule
Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at No. 22 Santa Clara University Broncos
at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at University of Nevada Wolf Pack
at Nevada's Mackay Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

• Tickets Available For All UCSB Soccer Games
Fans can purchase tickets for UCSB soccer games by calling (805) 893-UCSB, by visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or online by clicking here.

• Buying Tickets For UCSB Athletics Events? It's NEVER Been Easier
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office is also now open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Gauchos On The Air
KCSB 91.9, UCSB's campus station, will air eight of UCSB's regular season games, beginning with the Sept. 3 home game against Michigan State. In addition, they will carry games against Arizona (Sept. 25), UCLA (Sept. 27), Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 9), UC Riverside (Oct. 11), Long Beach State (Oct. 15), Seattle (Oct. 18), and Cal Poly (Nov. 1). Any and all games from the Big West Tournament will also be carried. All games aired on KCSB can also be heard on KCSB.org..

• Gauchos Open Tough 2009 Schedule With Three On The Road
The UCSB women's soccer team will open the 2009 season on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 22nd-ranked Santa Clara. The Gauchos will begin the campaign with three consecutive road encounters. They will play at Nevada on Friday, Aug. 28 and at Sacramento State on Sunday, Aug. 30. In fact, Santa Barbara will play seven of its first eight regular season games away from home. The only home game over that span will be a Thursday, Sept. 3 contest against Michigan State which will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. Including the Spartans, who advanced to the 2nd round of the 2008 NCAA Tourney, UCSB will play four postseason teams during the non-conference schedule. On Sept. 6, the Gauchos travel to Illinois, a Sweet 16 team in 2008. On Sept. 9, they play at William & Mary, which went to the 2nd round, and on Sept. 27, they host UCLA, a Final Four team.

• UCSB Picked To Win Big West
The Gauchos were picked to win the Big West Conference in a vote of the league's nine coaches. UCSB claimed five first-place votes and 75 points to capture the favorite's role. Three-time defending Big West regular season champion Long Beach State accumulated 67 points and two first-place votes. Cal Poly was third with 65 points and one first-place vote and Pacific was third with 53 points and one first-place nod.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB completed the 2008 season with an overall record of 12-7-3 and a Big West mark of 5-2-1. The Gauchos finished second in the Big West regular season race, but won their first Big West Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

• Gauchos Aim For Return Trip To NCAA Tournament
In 2008, on the strength of a pair of dramatic shootout wins in the Big West Tournament, the Gauchos earned their first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament ever, and their first bid period since 1991. In all, UCSB has now advanced to eight NCAA Tournaments.

• Stumpf Close To School Record
Paul Stumpf is entering his 11th year as the head coach of the Gauchos. In his first 10 seasons, Stumpf piled-up 99 victories. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that he needs one more win to hit the century mark, No. 100. More than that, however, one more win at Stumpf will pull even with Tad Bobak for the most in school history. Bobak guided the UCSB women's soccer team from 1987-94, finishing with a record of 100-43-7.

• On The Stumpf: The Regular Stumpf Paragraph
Paul Stumpf is in his 11th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 99-76-24. His total of 99 wins rank second on UCSB's all-time list, one behind Tad Bobak, who finished his coaching career with exactly 100. In 2008, Stumpf guided UCSB to its first Big West Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament bid since 1991. Last season marks the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. He has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last nine seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and instead posted an 8-9-1 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Big West. Following the season, he was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year. On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.

• Ives Leads Offensive Returnees
Senior forward Genelle Ives leads a talented a deep front line group for the 2009 Gauchos. Ives was selected Big West Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 after scoring nine goals and producing seven assists for a team-high 25 points. She enters her final season with career numbers of 22 goals and 17 assists for 61 points. Ives ranks 9th all-time in goals, tied for 10th in assists, and 11th all-time in points.

• Lending A Hand
The return of Genelle Ives is obviously a major boost to Gaucho fortunes in 2009, but she is not alone. The return of junior forward Kylie McDonald is a huge positive as well. McDonald transferred to UCSB from Pepperdine for the 2008 season and she did not disappoint. She was named Second Team All-Big West after scoring five goals and eight assists for 18 points. Her eight assists tied her for most on the team. McDonald returns in 2009 as one of the starters at wide striker.

• Kugler Is The Finisher
As a freshman in 2007, forward Kailyn Kugler was forced to play a major role in UCSB's offense. Injuries to several key players turned her into a starter and she responded by leading the team with six goals. In 2008, Kugler proved that her 2007 performance was no accident as she scored seven goals - second on the team - and added four assists for a total of 18 points, tied with Kylie McDonald for third on the team. Kugler assisted on UCSB's goal in a 1-0 exhibition win over visiting Westmont College on Thursday night.

• Simon Says Don't Forget About Her
Junior Jacqui Simon played mostly forward in 2007 tallying two goals and one assist. After moving back to her more familiar midfield position in 2008, she responded by scoring six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Her point total was second on the team and her assist total tied for the team-lead. For her efforts, Simon was named First Team All-Big West. In 2009, she is the top returnee among a talented midfield group.

• Lots Of Other Options In The Midfield
Junior Jacqui Simon won't be lonely in the midfield. While the Gauchos lost a mainstay in Sami Svrcek, there will be options to replace her. Senior Sarah Stoltz has been a consistent starter during her first three years at UCSB and she should again be in the mix. Sophomores Cory Yoshida, who scored two goals in 2008, and Brooke Salyer, who missed 2008 because of an injury, will get an opportunity at center midfield. Another sophomore who will see time as an attacking center midfielder will be Katy Roby, who also scored a pair of goals last season.

• Defensive Adjustments
UCSB should also be deep on the back line, but the Gauchos will have to replace a key component in four-year starter and First Team All-Big West honoree Rachael Ritchey. Junior Julia Speace, who has started each of her first two years, is expected to find herself in the starting lineup at right back. Alyssa Benjamin, a left-footed sophomore, could get the nod as the left back if she can stay healthy. Two other sophomores, Alyssa Oldham, who made 13 starts as a freshman, and Kat Matthew, a transfer from Santa Clara, will also be in the mix. Arguably the most interesting situation is at center back. Sophomore Alexa Stringer, who made 11 starts before being sidelined with an injury in 2009, is expected to fill one slot. The other could be taken by junior Nicole Romanowski, who is sliding back from her more natural midfield position.

• Shouldering The Load
If junior Tammy Lenham can stay healthy - after suffering season-ending shoulder injuries each of the last two seasons - she is expected to start. If she doesn't, then sophomore Ali Cutler, who stepped-in and stepped-up in 2008, is back to assume the Gauchos goalkeeper role. Lenham sat out all of 2007 with an injured shoulder and then she was lost after eight games in 2008. Cutler made 13 starts in 2008 and had a 0.85 goals against average.

• Fresh Faces
A pair of freshmen are expected to be a part of the UCSB scheme in 2009. Forward Victoria Thomas (Folsom, Calif./St. Francis HS) who scored the goal in the Gauchos 1-0 exhibition win over Westmont on Thursday, should find herself with significant minutes up front. Erin Ortega (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) will most likely play in the midfield, but the coaching staff believes that she has the potential to also play up front or in the back.