October 4, 2006

UCSB Opens Big West Schedule at Home Friday Against League Favorite Long Beach State

Oct. 4, 2006

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The Schedule
Match No. 12
Friday, October 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
at UCSB's Harder Stadium>

Match No. 13
Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its matches this weekend with an overall record of 2-5-4. Last weekend, the Gauchos went 0-1-1, losing a 1-0 decision at home on Friday night and then posting a 1-1 double-overtime tie at UC Davis on Sunday. The tie against the Aggies ended a three-match losing streak for UCSB, but it also extended the team's winless streak to five successive contests (0-3-2).

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.

UCSB Opens Big West Play
The Gauchos are one of two schools in the Big West that did not open league play last weekend. UCSB and Cal Poly will each play their first Big West matches this weekend. The Gauchos will waste no time diving into the fire. Santa Barbara opens its league schedule against visiting Long Beach State on Friday night. The 49ers, selected by the league's coaches as the preseason favorite, will bring a gaudy 10-2-0 overall record into their game against the Gauchos. Long Beach is also a perfect 2-0 in Big West play. Santa Barbara has a lifetime record of 9-4-0 against Long Beach. On Sunday, UCSB will host UC Irvine in a 1:00 p.m. match. The Anteaters, 3-7-0 overall and 0-1 in the Big West, are coached by former U.S. National Team coach April Heinrich. The Gauchos have a 16-2-2 record all-time against UCI.

Gauchos Still Struggling To Score
UCSB continues to have trouble scoring goals. In two games last weekend, the Gauchos scored just one goal, that coming in a 1-1 double-overtime tie at UC Davis. In their last four outings, they have scored a total of one goal in 380 minutes. On the season, UCSB has now scored 10 goals in 11 matches and opposing goalkeepers have a 0.83 goals against average.

Getting Some Chances
Although the Gauchos have yet to really get things going offensively, they have started getting some chances. While UCSB is averaging just 11.9 shots overall, it averaged 18.0 per match last weekend. In fact, in Friday's 1-0 loss to Gonzaga, the Gauchos outshot the Bulldogs 17-7, including 7-3 in shots on goal. Sunday, UCSB had 19 shots, 10 of which were on goal.

Young At Heart
Junior forward Heather Young, a transfer from Ohio State, was expected to play an important offensive role for UCSB this season. Until Friday's match against Gonzaga, however, she was not eligible. Young's appearance against the Bulldogs was her first as a Gaucho and though she didn't score, she did have a pair of shots. She also had two shots in the tie at UC Davis, one of which was on-frame. As the remainder of the season evolves, Young should become a bigger part of the offense.

Fortunately, The Defense Never Rests
There is little question that UCSB's offense is having trouble scoring. On the other hand, its opponents offense is having trouble scoring too. The Gauchos have allowed just 12 goals in 10 matches, a total of 1,080 minutes, for a goals against average of 1.00. Goalkeepers Katie Wright and Tammy Lenham have had a big role in keeping opposing offenses in check, but so too have the defenders. Kandice Mclaughlin, Rachael Ritchey, Jessie Steinberg, Katie Smith, Katie Dwyer and Linda Allen are all holdovers from the past and they are doing well. In addition, freshman Lexi Eaton (Arcadia HS/Monrovia, Calif.) has been solid and her role is expanding.

Tying One One
In 2005, UCSB recorded exactly zero ties. This season, through 11 games, the Gauchos have piled-up four ties, tying the school record set in 2003. In fact, with the exception of 2003, Santa Barbara had never had more than two ties in a season.

Gwartz Moves Up The List
By scoring UCSB's goal in the 1-1 tie at UC Davis, senior midfielder Darci Gwartz has now scored one goal and two assists on the season, a total of four points. In her career, Gwartz has seven goals and 12 assists for 26 points, a total that ranks her tied for 24th all-time.