August 27, 2009

Gauchos Head North to Play Nevada, Sacramento State

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Aug. 27, 2009

• The Schedule
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

Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at Sacramento State Hornets
at SSU's Hornet 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.

• Ticket Purchasing For UCSB Soccer Made Easy
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 will be 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.

• GKids: Join The Fun
UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce G Kids - its new official kids club! G Kids members will receive a free G Kids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new G Kids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on G Kids, or to become a member, please click GKids

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB opened 2009 with a 2-0 loss at Santa Clara and enters the weekend with an 0-1-0 record. The Gauchos 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 Remain On The Road
The UCSB women's soccer team opened 2009 season on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 22nd-ranked Santa Clara, losing 2-0. The Gauchos will remain on the road this week as they 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 Tournament, 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.

• The Opponents
The Gauchos are 3-0 lifetime against Nevada. The last time the teams met was on Aug. 22, 2008 with UCSB posting a 4-0 victory. Santa Barbara and Sacramento State have played four times with the Gauchos going 2-1-1 in those four games. The teams last played in 2001 when they tied 1-1.

• 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.

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

• Stumpf Close To School Record
Paul Stumpf is in his 11th year as the head coach of the Gauchos. In his first 10 seasons, Stumpf piled-up 99 victories and needs just one to hit the century mark. 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.

• Ives Leads Offensive Returnees
Senior forward Genelle Ives leads a talented a deep front line group for the 2009 Gauchos. Ives, who 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, played just 15 minutes in the season opener at Santa Clara because she is coming back from a leg injury. Her time could increase this weekend. 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 healthy return of Genelle Ives will obviously be a major boost to Gaucho fortunes in 2009. 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.

• 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
Senior Sarah Stoltz has been a consistent starter during her first three years at UCSB and was again in the starting lineup in the opener at Santa Clara. Brooke Salyer, who missed 2008 because of an injury, returned as a starter at center midfield on Sunday. Another sophomore who should ultimately see time as an attacking center midfielder is Katy Roby, who also scored a pair of goals last season. She missed the opener at Santa Clara with a leg injury. Sophomore Cory Yoshida came off the bench at Santa Clara.

• Defensive Adjustments
UCSB is also be deep on the back line, and by all accounts the defenders played very well in the season-opener at Santa Clara. Junior Julia Speace, who has started each of her first two years, was in the starting lineup at right back. Alyssa Benjamin, a left-footed sophomore, started at left back and if she can stay healthy she will probably continue to. Two other sophomores, Alyssa Oldham, who made 13 starts as a freshman, and Kat Matthew, a transfer from Santa Clara, came off the bench in the opener. Sophomore Alexa Stringer, who made 11 starts before being sidelined with an injury in 2009 and junior Nicole Romanowski, who is sliding back from her more natural midfield position, started in the middle.

• Making The Cut
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. Cutler made the start in the opener at Santa Clara and had eight saves. One of the goals she allowed in the-2-0 defeat to the 22nd-ranked Broncos was on a penalty kick. Cutler also had one spectacular save from point-blank range in the first half that preserved a scoreless tie at the time.

• Fresh Faces
Two freshmen saw action in the opener. Forwards Victoria Thomas and Mady Johnson each came off the bench.