Unbeaten in Last Two, Gauchos Head South for Longest Trip of the Season

Sept. 21, 2006

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

Match No. 9
Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Central Florida (UCF) Golden Knights
at UCF's Track and Soccer Complex

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters this weekend's road matches with an overall record of 2-2-3. The Gauchos played just one match last weekend, a 2-2 overtime tie with Arizona State. Since losing its second match of the season, UCSB has lost just once in five outings.

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 take to road for its longest trip of the season when it travels to Davidson and Central Florida. While the Gauchos opened the season with four consecutive road games, all of the contests were in Southern California. Thus, while the time on the freeway may ultimately equal the time spent in the air and airports for the upcoming trip, this weekend will represent the longest trip in terms of miles.

The Opponents
UCSB and Davidson have never played. In fact, unless our records are inaccurate, and that's always possible, Friday's match will be the first ever played against an opposing school that begins with the letter 'D'. The Gauchos and UCF have played three times with the Golden Knights holding a 2-1 advantage. UCSB and UCF played in Santa Barbara during the 2005 and the Golden Knights cruised to a 4-0 win.

Gauchos Start To Get Offensive
That would be offensive in a good way. UCSB began the season with some major offensive struggles, going scoreless in its first two matches and scoring a total of just three goals in the first five matches. The Gauchos, however, have started to turn that around. In the last two games, a win over Tulsa and a tie with Arizona State, they scored five total goals, two more than in their first five outings. In addition, not only did UCSB score two goals against the Sun Devils, it had a season-high 17 shots, including a season-high 11 on goal. The total of 17 shots was six more than the previous high.

A Right, A Left, A Right, A Left
Leading the emergence of Santa Barbara's offensive game has been the one-two punch of forwards Chandi Bickford and Genelle Ives. Bickford, a senior who suffered through a no-goal, one-assist injury-plagued season in 2005, leads the Gauchos with three goals and two assists for eight points in 2006. She has scored either a goal or an assist in three of the last five matches and she had her first career two-goal match on Sept. 10 against Tulsa. Ives, the team's leading scorer with six goals and six assists for 18 points as a freshman in 2005, was scoreless through the first two matches this season. In the last five matches, she has scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others for six points. In Friday's tie with Arizona State, Ives had a goal, an assist and six shots, five of which were on goal. As a team, the Sun Devils had just three shots on goal.

Sami I Am
One of the main reasons that UCSB has started to turn things around on the offensive end of the field has been the recent play of sophomore midfielder Sami Svrcek. The Irvine, Calif., native scored her first goal of the season against Arizona State, but her work rate and effort seems to have rubbed off on her teammates in the last couple of games. As a freshman in 2005, Svrcek appeared in 13 contests, making three starts, but she saw enough action to score two goals and assist on a third for five points.

Right Up Her Allie
Senior forward Allie Kueny, the team's leader with nine assists in 2005, missed all of training camp and the first six matches of the season with a knee injury. Kueny, who has 12 goals and 17 career assists for 41 points, 13th on UCSB's all-time list, made her season-debut against Arizona State on Friday. Although she came off the bench and played just a handful of minutes, her return was a welcome one for the Gauchos. As she gets back in game shape, Kueny will undoubtedly become a bigger factor.