UCSB Returns Home With Two-Match Winning Streak, Host Hawaii on Wednesday

UCSB Returns Home With Two-Match Winning Streak, Host Hawaii on Wednesday

Sept. 13, 2005

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The Schedule
Match No. 7
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Hawaii Rainbows
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 8
Sunday, September 18, 2005 at Noon
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. George Washington University Colonials
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team returns home for a two-game home stand with a record of 3-3. After opening the season with a 2-1 win at Fresno State on Aug. 26, the Gauchos lost three in a row, all three by shutout, to drop to 1-3. Last weekend, however, UCSB got back on the winning track with a pair of wins at the Maryland/adidas Classic in College Park, Md. In Thursday's tournament opener, the Gauchos scored a pair of goals in the second half to post a 2-0 win over Rutgers. On Sunday, UCSB built a 2-0 lead late in the game against Villanova and held on for a 2-1 win. The win over Villanova evened Santa Barbara's record at 3-3 and it gave the Gauchos their first winning streak of the 2005 campaign.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his seventh season at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 68-45-11. His total of 68 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.

This Week
UCSB will complete the non-conference portion of its schedule with four of six games at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos will host a pair of contests this week. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, they play Hawaii in a 7:00 p.m. match and on Sunday, Sept. 18, they host George Washington...the university, not the first President of the United States.

Kueny, Considine Lead Gaucho Honorees In Maryland
Junior forward Allie Kueny and senior goalkeeper Jamie Considine were each selected to the All-Tournament Team following UCSB's victory at the Maryland/adidas Classic. Kueny, who scored one goal and assisted on second was also selected the tourney's Offensive MVP and Considine, who posted one shutout and allowed just one goal in two matches, was named the Defensive MVP. Senior defender Katie Cooper and freshman forward Genelle Ives were also chosen to the All-Tournament Team.

Kueny Also Honored By Big West Conference
Allie Kueny's Offensive MVP honors at the Maryland/adidas Classic were enough to earn her the Big West Player of the Week award as well. Kueny is the first Gaucho to win the award in 2005 and it is her first such honor. A junior from Brea, Calif., she assisted on a Genelle Ives goal in UCSB's 2-0 win over Rutgers on Thursday and then on Sunday, she scored the first of the Gauchos' two goals in 2-1 win over Villanova. Overall, Kueny recorded seven shots in her two matches, a tournament-best mark.

Ives, Russell Lead Youth Movement
Allie Kueny's first goal of the 2005 season came in UCSB's 2-1 win over Villanova on Sunday. The goal was also the first and only one scored by a non-freshman Gaucho through six matches. Genelle Ives (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) and Michelle Russell (San Diego, Calif./University City HS) lead UCSB with two goals apiece. Katie Smith (Yorba Linda, Calif./Mater Dei HS) has scored one. Additionally, Ives leads the team in assists with two. In all, UCSB freshmen have accounted for five of the team's six goals, two of the five assists and 12 of the team's 17 points. Taking things a step further, 18 of the 23 players that head coach Paul Stumpf has used through six games this season are either sophomores or freshmen and 10 are freshmen.

Considine & Cooper Get Defensive
In their four seasons together, senior goalkeeper Jamie Considine and senior defender Katie Cooper have become a pretty solid defensive duo. Considine has the numbers to spell out her contribution. This season she has started all six matches, played all but 18 minutes and she has recorded a 1.38 goals against average. Her shutout of Rutgers last week was the 24th of her career, the second highest total in school history. Cooper's contributions cannot be measured by individual statistics. She has played in 63 matches in her career, starting 59. She has scored one goal and one assist, both of which were recorded her freshman season and she has attempted just nine shots. Cooper is, however, a two-time All-Big West selection, earning Second Team All-Big West honors last season. She is the glue that holds UCSB's defense together and while she may never rack-up big numbers, her contributions are immense.

On The Horizon
UCSB will play four of its final six non-conference games at home. Following this week's games against Hawaii and George Washington, the Gauchos go on the road next weekend for contests at Arizona State and Arizona. The following week they return home to host sixth-ranked UCLA (Sept. 28) and future Big West Conference member UC Davis (Sept. 30).