No. 20 Gauchos Travel to Arizona for Pair of Matches

No. 20 Gauchos Travel to Arizona for Pair of Matches

Sept. 24, 2008


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• The Schedule
Friday, September 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Arizona State
at ASU’s Sun Devil Soccer Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Arizona
at Arizona’s Mulcahy Stadium

• Long and Winding Road Continues
The 20th-ranked (NSCAA/adidas) UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team will travel to Arizona for a pair of matches this weekend.  On Friday, the Gauchos will take-on Arizona State and on Sunday they play at Arizona.  Following this weekend, the Gauchos will remain away from home for two more, traveling to UC Riverside (Oct. 3) and Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 5) to open Big West Conference play, before returning home for an Oct. 10 match against Cal State Northridge.  The contest against Northridge will be Greek Night at Harder Stadium with the Greek Games taking place at halftime.

• Rank and File
Despite a 2-1 overtime loss at Hawaii on Sunday night, UCSB remains at No. 20 in the NSCAA/adidas National Ranking.  The Gauchos are sixth in the NSCAA/adidas Far West poll, but they have dropped out of the Soccer Buzz Magazine and Soccer America national polls.  They have, however, jumped into the Soccer Times poll at No. 24, and they remain at 42 in the Top Drawer Soccer ranking.

• UCSB Equals Win Total
UCSB’s win over Montana in Honolulu on Friday was the team’s sixth victory of the season, equaling last season’s total.  The Gauchos have 11 games remaining to surpass the total.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Friday match against Arizona with a record of 6-3.  Last weekend, the Gauchos split matches at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic in Honolulu.  On Friday night, they blanked Montana 4-0, and on Sunday night they dropped a tough 2-1 overtime decision to the host Rainbow Wahine.

• Four Gauchos Make All-Tournament Team
A quartet of UCSB players were named to the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Classic All-Tournament Team.  The foursome included one freshman, one sophomore, one junior, and one senior.  Earning the honor were senior midfielder Sami Svrcek, junior forward Genelle Ives, sophomore forward Kylie McDonald, and freshman defender Alexa Stringer.

• Scoring Frenzy
The Gauchos have not only tied their 2007 win total, they have surpassed their goal scoring total of 2007.  Last year, UCSB scored 19 goals in 20 matches, in 2008, the team has already tallied 20 goals in just nine matches, an average of 2.22 goals per outing.

• Pick Your Poison
One of the primary reasons for UCSB’s emergence in 2008 has been its increased offensive production.  Not only are the Gauchos scoring more goals this season, but more players are scoring those goals.  Last year, just eight different players found the back of the net for UCSB, and four of those players scored just once.  This year, 11 different players have tallied goals, and five have scored two or more.  Four Gauchos – Kailyn Kugler, Genelle Ives, Jacqui Simon, and Kylie McDonald – have scored a team-leading three goals.  Midfielder Cory Yoshida is the other multiple-goal scorer, she has two. 

• Ives Approaches Top-10s
Junior forward Genelle Ives has bounced back nicely from a knee injury that forced her to redshirt in 2007.  Through nine matches, Ives has scored three goals and assisted on three others.  In her career, she has now tallied 16 goals and 13 assists for 45 points.  Ives’s 16 goals are the 11th most ever scored by a Gaucho and she needs just two more to tie her former teammate, Allie Kueny, for 10th all-time.  Her 45 points puts ranks the Dana Point, Calif., native 12th all-time, but she still has a way to go, needing 18 to enter the top-10.

• Not Much Room For Error
UCSB has played a lot of close games in 2008.  While the Gauchos do have a pair of blowout wins (4-0 over Montana and Nevada), they have played six one-goal matches.  In the one-goal matches, UCSB has posted a 3-3 record, including an overtime defeat at Hawaii, and last-minute victories over San Diego and Pepperdine.

• Shooting Gallery
Even in defeat, the Gauchos tend to outshoot their opponents.  In their 2-1 overtime loss at Hawaii, they had 16 shots, compared to the Rainbow Wahine, who had 8.  On the season, UCSB has outshot its opponents 136-88, an average of 5.3 per game.  

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week’s action with a record of 93-72-21. His total of 88 wins ranks second on UCSB’s all-time list. Last season, he guided the Gauchos to a 6-10-4 overall record, including a 3-4-1 record in the Big West.  Stumpf has led the program to records of .500 or better in six of the last eight seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program accomplished that feat since 1988-91.  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.  He has, in fact, guided the Gauchos to a top-three league finish in six of the last eight seasons, and twice he has led the program to regular season championships.  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.   

• UCSB Selected to Win Big West
UCSB, which finished fifth in the Big West standings in 2007, was chosen to win the league’s 2008 regular seaso n crown in a poll of the nine coaches.  The Gauchos collected four first-place votes and a total of 74 points to edge Long Beach State, which garnered three first-place votes and 73 total points.  The 49ers are a two-time defending league regular season champ.  Cal Poly had a pair of first-place votes and 62 points, while Cal State Fullerton, which has won the last two Big West Tournaments, had 60 points.   The Gauchos will open Big West play on the road as they travel to UC Riverside on Oct. 3 and Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 5.  They will play their first home league match on Oct. 10 when they host Cal State Northridge.  The rest of UCSB’s conference home slate includes Pacific, Long Beach State, and UC Irvine.