September 10, 2009

Gauchos Remain on the Road for Two More, Return Home for Seven of Final 11

Sept. 10, 2009

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• The Schedule
Friday, September 11 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott Tribe Invitational
UCSB Gauchos vs. George Mason University Patriots
at William and Mary's Dillard Field
Game available on Live Stats at Tribeathletics.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
at CSUB's Main Soccer Field

• 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 Purchase 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.

• Just GKidding
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 Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Friday's neutral site game against George Mason with an overall record of 2-3-1. The Gauchos won their first round game at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott Tribe Invitational by a score of 2-0 over the host and 22nd-ranked William and Mary.

• Stumpf Passes Bobak To Become UCSB's All-Time Winner
The Gauchos' win at William and Mary on Sept. 9 was the 101st of head coach Paul Stumpf's coaching career, moving him past Tad Bobak into first on UCSB's all-time women's soccer coaching victory list. Bobak recorded a 100-43-7 record from 1987-84. Stumpf, who is in his 11th season in Santa Barbara, is now 101-79-25.

• Rank And File
Nobody said it was going to be easy. Not only has UCSB opened the season with five of its first six games away from home, but four of the first six opponents have been ranked in the various and sundry national top-25 at one point. Santa Clara, Michigan State, Illinois, and William and Mary have each achieved a national ranking this year. Opponents still on the docket include UCLA (currently No. 6), Arizona (currently receiving votes), and Long Beach State (currently receiving votes).

• 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.

• Home Sweet Home
The Gauchos have played just one home game in 2009, but when they do return home on Sept. 25 against Arizona, it will start a pretty solid run of games at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. UCSB will play seven of its final 11 regular season contests at home.

• Romo-Seltzer: Just What The Doctor Ordered
Anchoring the Gauchos' defensive effort in 2009 has been junior Nicole Romanowski. A midfielder by trade, "Romo" shifted to the back line this year and she hasn't missed a beat. She is one of just three UCSB players to start all six games and she has assumed the role held the past few years by All-Big West choice Rachael Ritchey.

• Simon Says She Can Score
Junior midfielder Jacqui Simon, an All-Big West selection in 2008, was scoreless through the first five games of the 2009 season. In game six, she broke through, assisting on a goal and scoring one of her own in a 2-0 victory over William and Mary. The goal was the ninth of Simon's career and the assist her 10th. She now has 28 totals points, the 27th most in school history.

• Lenham Gives Gauchos A Pick-Me-Up
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 an Aug. 30 loss to Sacramento State, starting and playing all 90 minutes. She came on in relief in a 3-0 loss at Illinois, allowing nothing. On Sept. 9, she recorded her first win and first 90 minute shutout since 2008, stopping three shots in a 2-0 win at William and Mary. Lenham has a 0.43 GAA in 208:43.

• In Defense Of The Gauchos
The Gauchos offense is yet to start clicking as they have scored just four goals in six games. The defense is another story. In the six contests, UCSB has allowed just seven goals, and just six during the run of play. One of the two goals scored by Santa Clara was via penalty kick.

• Ives Seen The Future, And It Includes Goals
Senior forward Genelle Ives has started the last four games for UCSB. She played limited minutes in her first two games because of a leg injury. Despite her increased playing time, the reigning Big West Offensive Player of the Year has yet to notch a goal or assist in 2009. In fact, Ives has just six shots on the season, including four on-goal, tying Jacqui Simon for team-high.

• Shooting Gallery
Santa Barbara has been outshot through six games, 75-63. If, however, you subtract games against Santa Clara and Illinois, the Gauchos are actually at a shot advantage. In the other four games, UCSB has produced 58 shots to the opponents' 29. For us non-match majors, that's exactly double.

• Free Kicks
Sophomore Alissa Sanchez scored the third goal of her career in UCSB's 2-0 win at William and Mary...Due in part because of a variety of injuries, the Gauchos have already used 26 players in 2009...Through the first six games of the year, 18 different players have been in the starting lineup for UCSB...While they have been outscored on the season by a 7-4 count, the Gauchos are flourishing in corner kicks to the tune of 34-19...The corner kick advantage is particularly pronounced in the second half, 21-5.