UCSB Hosts No. 25 Michigan State in Home Opener, Travels to No. 13 Illinois

UCSB Hosts No. 25 Michigan State in Home Opener, Travels to No. 13 Illinois
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Sept. 1, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. No. 25 Michigan State Spartans
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at No. 13 University of Illinois Fighting Illini
at Illinois Soccer 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.

• It's Never Been Easier To By Gaucho Tickets
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.

• Don't Just Be A Kid, Be A GKid!
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 here.

• The Gauchos On The Air
UCSB's home opener against No. 25 Michigan State will be aired live on KCSB 91.9 FM, and KCSB.org.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB split a pair of road matches over the weekend and enter Thursday's home opener with a record of 1-2. On Friday, Aug. 28, the Gauchos won a 1-0 affair at Nevada and on Sunday, Aug. 30, they lost to Sacramento State by the same score.

• Gauchos Return Home...Briefly
After opening the year with three consecutive road games, the UCSB women's soccer team will play its first home match of the year on Thursday when it hosts Michigan State. While the Gauchos will welcome the opportunity to play a home game, it will be a brief stay. Following the contest against the Spartans, UCSB will embark on its longest road trip of the season, traveling to the University of Illinois for a Sept. 6 match and then to Williamsburg, Va., for contests against William & Mary (Sept. 9) and George Mason (Sept. 11). They will also play at Cal State Bakersfield (Sept. 17) before returning to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium for a Sept. 25 match against Arizona.

• The Opponents
UCSB has never played No. 25 Michigan State or No. 13 Illinois.

• 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 on Friday, Aug. 28 he posted the 100th win of his head coaching career, 1-0 at Nevada. The victory over Nevada pulled Stumpf into a flat-footed tie with Tad Bobak for first on UCSB's all-time list. Bobak guided the UCSB women's soccer team from 1987-94, finishing with a record of 100-43-7.

• 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 Get Their Shots In
In its opener at 20th-ranked Santa Clara, UCSB was not credited with a shot on goal. Statistically, the Broncos were credited with a 17-0 advantage in shots. In last weekend's games, however, the Gauchos had many more opportunities. In the 1-0 win at Nevada, Santa Barbara outshot the Wolf Pack 17-6 and then on Sunday, in a 1-0 defeat at Sacramento State, the margin was 19-8. In the two games combined, UCSB outshot its opposition by a comfortable 36-13 margin. The Gauchos also had 14 shots on goal in the two games.

• Kugler Breaks Through
Despite its healthy advantage in shots over the last two games, the Gauchos were able to break through for just one goal. Junior forward Kailyn Kugler scored her, and the Gauchos', first goal of the season in the win over Nevada. The score was the 14th of Kugler's career, the second highest total among active UCSB players. Genelle Ives has 22 career goals.

• The Curious Case Of Benjamin's Assist
Actually, there is nothing curious about it, but sophomore defender Alyssa Benjamin assisted on Kailyn Kugler's game-winning goal at Nevada. As a freshman in 2008, Benjamin scored one goal, a game-winner against San Diego, but Friday's assist was the first of her career.

• Lenham Makes Her 2009 Debut
Junior goalkeeper Tammy Lenham missed most of the 2008 season with a shoulder injury. She missed all of the 2007 with a shoulder injury. Lenham was not in the lineup for either of UCSB's first two games this season, but she made a solid debut in Sunday's loss to Sacramento State. Lenham started and played all 90 minutes recording a pair of saves. She was the projected starter at the outset of the year, and in fact she played in an exhibition win over Westmont, but she did not see time in either of the first two games of the 2009 season.

• She Can Cut The Mustard
Starting at goalkeeper in place of Tammy Lenham, sophomore Ali Cutler really has been solid. Cutler even stood out in the Gauchos 2-0 loss at No. 20 Santa Clara, allowing two goals, one of which was a penalty kick, and posting eight saves. She also made the start on Aug. 28 at Nevada and recorded a 1-0 shutout victory, stopping the Wolf Pack's lone shot on goal. As a freshman, Cutler assumed the starting role after Lenham was sidelined for the season. She wound up making 14 starts - although she played in 16 games - and had a solid 0.85 goals against average. In the NCAA Tournament match against powerful Stanford, Cutler kept UCSB in the game with a career-high 11 saves.

• Ives Returns To Starting Lineup
Senior forward Genelle Ives missed UCSB's Aug. 20 exhibition game against Westmont and was limited to 15 minutes in the regular season opener at Santa Clara. Ives, however, was sufficiently recovered from a leg injury and returned to the starting lineup for both of last weekend's matches. While she did not score, Ives had five shots in the two games, including a team-high three on-goal. The 2008 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, she currently has 22 career goals and 17 assists for 61 points. She ranks in the career top-10 for all three categories.

• Defending Their Honor
The Gauchos offense is yet to start clicking as they have scored just one goal in three games. The defense is another story. In three contests, UCSB has allowed just three goals, and just two during the run of play. One of the two goals scored by Santa Clara was via penalty kick. In the two games last weekend, the Gaucho defense allowed just one goal and, even more impressive, Nevada and Sacramento State combined for just 14 shots overall and, more impressively, just two shots on goal.