September 29, 2010

UCSB Opens Big West Schedule at UC Riverside, Long Beach State

Sept. 29, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Soccer Stadium
Game available on Live Stats

Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers
at George Allen Field
Game available on Gametracker

• A Speace Of Her Mind
Keep up with senior defender Julia Speace by reading her entertaining blog. You can read all about what is on her mind by clicking here. Speace's blog has been voted No. 1 by the UCSB Athletics Communications staff.

• Purchasing Tickets Has Never Been Easier
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Men's College Cup Tickets Now Available
Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup National Championship, scheduled for Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Dec. 10 and 12, are now available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here. Students can purchase all-session passes for the discounted rate of $20.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara will take a 4-4-2 record into Friday's Big West opener at UC Riverside. After opening the year with a 3-0 record for the first time since the 1993 season, the Gauchos have gone 1-4-2. In their last game, on Sept 24, they battled to a scoreless tie at Fresno State.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 12th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 112-90-29. His 112 wins are the most in school history. On Sept. 9, 2009 he became the school's all-time leader in coaching with as the Gauchos defeated William and Mary, 2-0. In 2009, Stumpf guided UCSB to its second straight Big West Tournament title, and second NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2008, the Gauchos had not been to the tourney since 1991. 2008 also marked the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. He has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last 10 seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and 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. On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.

• Big West Play Begins This Weekend
The Gauchos will open their Big West scheduled on Friday when they travel to UC Riverside for a 7:00 p.m. game. They will also play at Long Beach State on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m. In a preseason poll of the league's coaches, UCSB was picked to win the Big West regular season championship.

• UCSB Looks To Rediscover Its Offense As Big West Season Begins
In its first three games of the season, UCSB scored nine goals, an average of 3.0 per contest. In the seven matches since, the Gauchos have scored just four goals, including two in a Sept. 17 win over Weber State. They have been shutout four times in the last seven games, including the last two in a row.

• Kugler Climbs The List Then Sits A Couple Out
Kailyn Kugler's goal in the opening minute of the Gauchos' win over Weber State on Sept. 17 was her second of the season. The goal also broke a tie on UCSB's all-time goal-scoring list. Kugler had been tied with Genelle Ives for ninth all-time with 23 goals. With 24, she is now all alone in the ninth slot. Since scoring that goal, Kugler, the 2009 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, has been sidelined with a strained quad muscle in her leg. She first felt the injury during pregame warm-ups prior to the Sept. 19 game against Oklahoma State. Without Kugler, the Gauchos have gone scoreless in 200 minutes.

• Oh, Henry!
Freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry is doing her part to keep the Gauchos in games as they wait for their offense to crank-it-up again. Henry has played 814:18 of a possible 940:00 minutes this season and she has allowed just six goals for a goals against average of 0.66. In her last game, a 0-0 tie at Fresno State, the Fountain Valley, Calif., native had five saves. In the last four games, a span of 400 minutes, Henry has allowed just two goals, a 0.45 goals against average. In fact, one of the two goals she has allowed in the last four games came on a penalty kick.

• Giving The Defense Its Due
Defenders Julia Speace, Alyssa Benjamin, Kathleen Matthew and Alexa Stringer have combined for no points and two shots through 10 games in 2010. However, the groups contributions cannot be measured in goals, assists and points. With the exception of one game they have been more than solid defensively this season. UCSB has allowed 10 goals in 10 matches, four of which came in a 4-1 loss at San Francisco on Aug. 29, and one of which came on a penalty kick.

• Headed For Home
By the end of the first weekend of Big West action, UCSB will have played seven of its 12 games away from home, but beginning with their Oct. 8 game against Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos will play five consecutive at home.

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