Gauchos Host Arizona State Friday to Complete Homestand

Gauchos Host Arizona State Friday to Complete Homestand

Sept. 14, 2006

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The Schedule
Match No. 7
Friday, September 15, 2006 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Arizona State Sun Devils
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 8
Friday, September 22, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Davidson University Wildcats
at Davidson's Alumni Stadium

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Friday's game against Arizona State with a decent poker hand of a record at 2-2-2. The Gauchos split a pair of home matches last weekend, their first home weekend of the season. On Friday night, UCSB was shutout by Wisconsin, 1-0, and on Sunday it scored a season-high three goals in a 3-1 win over Tulsa. The Gauchos are now 1-1 at home and 1-1-2 on the road.

UCSB-UC Irvine Match Moved To 1:00 P.M.
UCSB's Oct. 8 Big West home match against UC Irvine, originally scheduled for 5:00 p.m., has been moved to 1:00 p.m. by the league.

This Week
UCSB will play just one match this weekend. The Gauchos will host Arizona State on Friday. The Sun Devils will enter Friday's match with a record of 4-1-1. UCSB and ASU have played twice over the years with each team winning once. The Gauchos recorded a 3-0 win in Santa Barbara during the 2004 season and the Sun Devils returned the favor in Tempe last year, 1-0.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 76-54-13. His total of 74 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. Prior to last season, he had led the Gauchos to four consecutive seasons of double-figures in wins, the first time the program had accomplished the feat since 1988-91. Last season, he guided a young and injury-riddled UCSB team to a 9-10-0 record. Prior to the 2005 campaign, Stumpf had coached the Gauchos to five straight seasons of .500 or better, a feat that had last been 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, he 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.

Gauchos Go Into The Black
UCSB scored a season-high three goals in its Sunday victory over Tulsa. The three goals scored against the Golden Hurricane equaled the team's output for the first five matches and it thrust the Gauchos into positive territory in the all-important goal differential category. Santa Barbara has now outscored its opposition through six outings by a 6-5 count.

Dynamic Duo
In the early going of the 2006 season, one thing has become very clear: UCSB has an outstanding pair of goalkeepers. To use some baseball terminology, junior Katie Wright, a transfer from Nebraska, and freshman Tammy Lenham have given the Gauchos six quality starts in six matches. Wright has started four times, a total of 380 minutes, and she has allowed just three goals for a goals against average of 0.71. She has posted shutouts against 17th-ranked USC and 29th-ranked San Diego State. In fact, against the Aztecs, Wright recorded a career-high 12 saves and she has 24 saves in her four starts, an average of 6.0 per game. Her save percentage is .889. Lenham has made two starts for a total of 200 minutes, and she has a goals against average of 0.90. She has 10 saves, including eight in an overtime tie with Loyola Marymount, and a save percentage of .833. Combined, the Wright-Lenham duo has a goals against average of 0.76, a save percentage of .875 and 35 saves. Finally, Gaucho goalkeepers have not allowed more than two goals in any match this season and they have allowed one or fewer five times.

The Bickford Files
In 2004, Chandi Bickford was one of the Gauchos' most pleasant surprises. As a sophomore, the Maui native scored three goals and a team-high 10 assists for 16 points. Last year, as a junioir, she suffered a knee injury and wound up playing in just seven of the team's 19 contests. She scored just one assist. This year, a healthy Bickford has become the early Gaucho scoring leader. On Sunday, in the 3-1 win over Tulsa, she scored two goals, it was the first multi-goal match of her career and shenow has a team-high three goals on the season. Bickford, in fact, has scored exactly half of UCSB's six goals on the season. She also has an assist for a total of seven points, four more than sophomore forward Genelle Ives the second-leading scorer on the team.

Another Comeback Story
Chandi Bickford is not the only Gaucho trying to make a comeback from an injury-riddled 2005 season. Sophomore forward Michelle Russell's freshman season ended when she suffered a severe ankle sprain against Hawaii in the seventh match of the season. Russell had gotten off to a good start, a pair of goals, including a game-winner, in her first seven outings. Through five matches this season, Russell had yet to make a return to the scoring column, but that ended on Sunday as she scored the first of UCSB's three goals.