Gauchos Play Host to Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside This Weekend

Gauchos Play Host to Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside This Weekend

Oct. 7, 2009

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 9, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker
Radio: KCSB 91.9 FM

Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker
Radio: KCSB 91.9 FM

• Tickets Available For All UCSB Soccer Games
Fans can purchase tickets for UCSB soccer games by calling (805) 893-UCSB, by visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or online by clicking here.

• It's Never Been Easier To Buy Gaucho Tickets
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Friday's home game against Cal State Fullerton with an overall record of 4-7-1 and a Big West mark of 1-1-0. Last weekend, the Gauchos split their first two conference matches. On Friday, they lost a 3-0 decision at UC Irvine and on Sunday they won 3-2 at Cal State Northridge, ending a three-game losing streak.

• Big West Bunched Up After First Weekend
After dropping its Big West opener to UC Irvine by a 3-0 score, UCSB responded with a 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos' win over the Matadors gave them a 1-1 record in league play and it moved them into a tie with four other teams for third-place. Pacific and Cal State Fullerton are tied for first at 1-0 while UC Davis and UC Riverside are at 0-1.

• Home For The Home Stretch
UCSB has played nine of its 12 games this season away from home. The Gauchos have played eight true road games and one neutral site affair. Beginning with this weekend's games against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, they will play five of their final seven contests in Santa Barbara. With the exception of a trip north to play at UC Davis (Oct. 23) and Pacific (Oct. 25), UCSB will be at home for the remainder of the regular season.

• A Speace Of Her Mind
Junior defender Julia Speace offers up a piece of her mind on Speace's blog - "Speace's Pieces" - is featured on the women's soccer page of the site. Make sure to log-on by clicking here to find out why everyone is talking about "Speace's Pieces."

• Stumpf Now UCSB's All-Time Winner
The Gauchos' win at William and Mary on Sept. 9 was the 101st of head coach Paul Stumpf's coaching career, moving him past Tad Bobak into first on UCSB's all-time women's soccer coaching victory list. Bobak recorded a 100-43-7 record from 1987-84. Stumpf, who is in his 11th season in Santa Barbara, is now 103-83-25.

• Seidman Breaks Into The Scoring Column
Junior forward Erica Seidman's goal at Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Oct. 4 was her first of the season. It was, in fact, also the first of her career. For a variety of reasons, Seidman has seen her playing time increase in 2009. She has played in all 12 games, making four starts. Entering the year, the native of Coto de Caza, Calif., had played in just 12 total matches and had attempted just one shot.

• Katy On The Spot
Sophomore midfielder Katy Roby missed four games earlier in the season because of injury, but she seems to be working her way back into a rhythm and that paid off on Sunday when she scored her first goal of the season. Roby's first goal of 2009 was also a big one. After Cal State Northridge overcame a 2-0 Gaucho lead and tied the score at 2-2 in the 78th minute, Roby responded in the 83rd minute with an unassisted game-winner. It was the third goal of her career.

• General Assistance
As a sophomore in 2008, forward Kylie McDonald led the Gauchos in assists with eight. In 2009, UCSB has had more difficulty scoring, but McDonald again paces the team in assists with three. She contributed her third assist of the year on Sunday at Cal State Northridge when she was credited with one on a goal by Erica Seidman. While she has yet to score a goal in 2009, McDonald leads the Gauchos in shots with 24 and she is tied for second with seven shots on goal.

• Cornering The Market
If the Gauchos can start finding the back of the net on the corner kicks then they could become a pretty explosive offense. UCSB has produced 70 corner kicks in its 12 matches, an average of nearly six per match. On the other side of the field, Santa Barbara's opponents have had just 36 corners, 3.0 per game.

• It's A Start
Jacqui Simon, Nicole Romanowski, and Alexa Stringer have started all 12 games for the Gauchos. No other player has started more than nine, but 23 players have started at least one and 14 have started five or more.

• Free Kicks
The three goals scored by UCSB in its win at Cal State Northridge were the most scored in a game this season...Kailyn Kugler scored a goal on Sunday against the Matadors and it pulled her into a tie with Jacqui Simon for the team-lead with three...Following Sunday's home game against UC Riverside, the Gauchos will return home for a rare Thursday night game on Oct. 15 at 5:00 p.m. against Long Beach State.