August 31, 2005

UCSB Travels North to Face Old Rivals at Cal Invitational

Aug. 31, 2005

The Schedule Match No. 3
11th Annual Cal Invitational
Friday, September 2, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. St. Mary's College Gaels
at Cal's Edward's Stadium

Match No. 4
11th Annual Cal Invitational
Sunday, September 4, 2005 at 2:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at No. 19 Cal Golden Bears
at Cal's Edward's Stadium

The Gaucho Record The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team enters the second weekend of the 2005 season with a record of 1-1. On August 26, the Gauchos won their season-opener, a 2-1 decision at Fresno State. Two days later, UCSB dropped a 4-0 decision to 27th-ranked Central Florida in its first home game of the year.

UCSB Renews Old Rivalries At Cal Invitational
UCSB's matches at the Cal Invitational will mark the renewal of two long-time rivalries. The Gauchos will play St. Mary's on Friday afternoon, rekindling a series which began in 1984, the second year of existence for UCSB's program. The last time the program's met, on September 7, 2003, the Gaels posted a 3-2 win. According to our records, UCSB and SMC have played 18 times with the Gauchos holding a 12-6 edge. The Gaels will enter the tournament with a 1-1 record. Santa Barbara and Cal, who play on Sunday afternoon, first met in 1983, the inaugural year of the Gaucho program. In 17 meetings against the Golden Bears, UCSB has gone 5-9-3. The teams, however, have not played since the 1997 season. Cal enters its own tournament with a 2-0-1 record.

On The Stumpf Paul Stumpf is in his seventh season at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 66-43-11. His total of 65 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. He has led the Gauchos to four consecutive seasons of double-figures in wins, the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1988-91. Last season, he guided UCSB to a 13-6-2 record, the Big West regular season championship and to the Big West Tournament championship match. 2004 marked the fifth straight season in which the Gauchos finished at or over the .500 mark, a feat last accomplished more than a decade ago. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was selected to finish last in the conference, but instead posted an 8-9-1 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Big West. Following the season, Stumpf was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year. Before arriving in Santa Barbara as an assistant coach in 1998, Stumpf spent two seasons as an assistant at Humboldt State. In addition, the San Diego native spent several years coaching club teams in the Santa Rosa area.

Making Something Out Of Nothing Well, not quite nothing. UCSB, however, split its first two matches of the season despite being outshot by a margin of 25-8. In fact, in Friday night's win over Fresno State, the Gauchos were outshot 9-3 and Bulldog goalkeepers did not have to make a save. In Sunday's loss to UCF, Santa Barbara was outshot 16-5, and the Golden Knight goalkeeper needed just one save. In the first two matches of the 2005, no Gaucho player has more than two shots on goal. Freshmen Michelle Russell and Katie Smith, as well as junior Allie Kueny each had a pair of shots on the weekend. A lack of shots is a major reversal of fortunes for a team that averaged 13.6 per match in 2004. Still, it is early and the Gauchos are missing one of their best forwards in junior Chandi Bickford, who is expected to miss another three weeks with a sprained knee.

The Kids Are Alright UCSB didn't score a bunch of goals in its first two matches, but if the Gauchos were going to score two in two games, better to score them both when your opponent scores just one. Another positive note was the fact that both goals were scored by freshmen. Freshman forward Genelle Ives (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) scored an unassisted goal just 1:12 into the win at Fresno State. The goal was the fastest on record by a UCSB freshman player. Exactly 39 minutes later, at the 40:12 mark, Michelle Russell (San Diego, Calif./University City HS) scored on a header off of a pass from sophomore Jessie Steinberg. The goal by Russell was not just the first of her career, but it proved to be the game-winner.

More Kid Stuff
Ives and Russell were not the only freshmen to play extensive minutes in the first two matches. In fact, the Gauchos used 10 different freshmen over the weekend, including four as starters. In addition to the nine freshmen, UCSB played a pair of sophomore transfers (Kandice Mclaughlin and Katrina Wright) and a junior college transfer (Nikki Huber). In all, the Gauchos used 22 different players in the matches at Fresno State and against UCF, 13 of which were newcomers.

On The Horizon
UCSB will be on the road again next week. The Gauchos will travel to the University of Maryland to take part in the adidas Terrapin Classic. On Thursday, Sept. 8, UCSB will play Rutgers and on Sunday, Sept. 11, the Gauchos will take on Villanova. Santa Barbara will not meet the host school. UCSB returns home on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to host Hawaii.