UCSB Goes South to Open 2005 Big West Season

UCSB Goes South to Open 2005 Big West Season

Oct. 5, 2005

The Schedule
Match No. 13
Friday, October 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCI's Anteater Stadium

Match No. 14
Saturday, October 9, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers
at LBSU's 49er Field

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Big West Conference play with an overall record of 6-6-0. The Gauchos are coming off of a 2-1 home win over future Big West Conference member UC Davis.

This Week
UCSB will head south to face UC Irvine and Long Beach State. The Gauchos, who play at Irvine on Friday night, are 15-2-2 lifetime against the Anteaters. Last year, UCSB blanked UCI 2-0 in Santa Barbara. UCSB is 9-3-0 lifetime against Long Beach State, including a 4-1 win at Harder Stadium during the 2004 season.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his seventh season at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 71-48-11. His total of 71 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. He has led the Gauchos to four consecutive seasons of double-figures in wins, the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1988-91. Last season, he guided UCSB to a 13-6-2 record, the Big West regular season championship and to the Big West Tournament championship match. 2004 marked the fifth straight season in which the Gauchos finished at or over the .500 mark, a feat last 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, Stumpf 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.

2005 has been a season of streaks for the Gauchos. After opening the season with a 2-1 win at Fresno State, UCSB dropped consecutive games to Central Florida, Saint Mary's and Cal. Following the three-match losing streak, the team equaled its longest winning streak of the 2004 season by winning four in a row over Rutgers, Villanova, Hawaii and George Washington. UCSB then dropped three in a row, all to teams that are either currently ranked in the top-25 or have been at one point this season. After consecutive losses at Arizona State (1-0 in overtime) and Arizona (4-3), the Gauchos returned home to lose a 5-0 decision to fourth-ranked UCLA. Santa Barbara ended the three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over UC Davis.

Gauchos Get Much-Needed Time Off
After playing four matches in eight nights, two of which were on the road and three of which were against teams ranked in the top-25, UCSB had a week off to prepare for Big West play. For the Gauchos, the week off could not have come at a more opportune time. UCSB is missing several key players due to injuries. Junior forward Chandi Bickford, the Big West leader in assists in 2004, has missed eight of the team's 12 matches. Sophomore defender Jessie Steinberg, a starter for the entire 2004 campaign, has also missed eight of 12 matches. Sophomore midfielder Kathleen Prieto has missed the last three matches and is likely out the remainder of the season. Freshman forward Michelle Russell, who scored two goals in her first seven matches, has missed the last five. Finally, sophomore midfielder Nicole Remmenga has missed five of 12 matches.

Kueny Comes Alive
Junior forward Allie Kueny, a Second Team All-Big West selection following the 2004 season, has started to come alive offensively. The team's top returning goal scorer and one of its top returning overall scorers, Kueny was scoreless in her first four matches this season. In her last eight outings, however, she has collected two goals and five assists for nine points. In the Gauchos' most recent match, a 2-1 win over UC Davis, Kueny assisted on both goals. Also, after scoring a goal an an assist to help UCSB win the adidas/Terrapin Classic at the University of Maryland, Kueny was chosen the tournament's Offensive MVP. She is currently tied for the team-lead with her five assists and she paces the Gauchos in shots with 26. In her career, Kueny has now 11 goals and 13 assists for 35 points, a figure that ranks her 15th on UCSB's all-time list.

First Things First
UCSB's 2-1 win over UC Davis on September 30 was a night of firsts. That night, the Gaucho goals were scored by sophomore defender/midfielder Romy Barber and freshman midfielder Linda Allen. It was the first career goal for both Allen and Barber.

Is There A Senior In The House?
UCSB has just two active seniors on its roster right now and both play the vast majority of their time on the defensive side of the field. Goalkeeper Jamie Considine and defender Katie Cooper are the only seniors currently active for the Gauchos. Midfielder Kristyn Bright is redshirting the 2005 season after knee surgery in the spring. Neither Cooper or Considine have scored a point for Santa Barbara this season. All 15 goals and 16 assists have been scored by non-seniors. In fact, nine of the team's 15 goals and seven of its 16 assists have been scored freshmen. Freshman forward Genelle Ives leads the team with three goals and she is tied for the team-lead with five assists.

Transfers Come To Gauchos' Aid
Amid all of the the injuries, sophomore defenders Kandice Mclaughlin and Katrina Wright have been outstanding additions for UCSB. McLaughlin is a transfer from the University of Michigan where she started all 22 games in 2004 and Wright is a transfer from UNLV, where she was a Soccer Buzz Far West All-Freshman Team selection. McLaughlin has started all 12 matches for the Gauchos and Wright has played in 11, starting each of the last five, and together they have helped to solidify the defense.