October 12, 2009

Gauchos Take Three-Game Winning Streak Into Thursday Night Showdown vs. Long Beach State

Oct. 12, 2009

• The Schedule
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker
Radio: KCSB 91.9 FM

Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. Seattle University Redhawks
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker
Radio: KCSB 91.9 FM

• Tickets Available For All UCSB Soccer Games
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• It Has 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.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Thursday's Big West showdown against Long Beach State with an overall record of 6-7-1 and a league mark of 3-1. The Gauchos, who have nine points in the standings, are tied for first in the Big West with Cal Poly. Pacific, UC Irvine, and Cal State Northridge are tied for third with six points.

• Kugler Named Big West Player Of The Week
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler was selected Big West Player of the Week after leading UCSB to a pair of conference wins over the weekend. On Friday night, against Cal State Fullerton, Kugler broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal in the 75th minute. The goal held up as the Gauchos dropped the Titans, 1-0. On Sunday night, the San Clemente, Calif., native scored both goals as UCSB came back from a 1-0 second deficit to defeat UC Riverside, 3-2. Kugler scored the first goal in the 69th minute. Her second goal, the game-winner, came on a penalty kick in the 110th minute, just 52 seconds before the end of the second overtime.

• A Speace Of Her Mind
Junior defender Julia Speace offers up a piece of her mind on UCSBgauchos.com. Speace's blog - "Speace's Pieces" - is featured on the women's soccer page of the site. Make sure to log-on and 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 105-83-25.

• Streaking Entering the week, UCSB has won three consecutive games. The streak is the longest that the Gauchos have put together this season. In fact, prior to the current three-game streak, Santa Barbara had not won more than one game at a time. The last time UCSB had a winning streak longer than three matches was during the 2005 season.

• Kugler On Target
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler has scored exactly 40% of UCSB's 15 goals this season. Kugler scored has notched a goal in three consecutive games, the longest streak of her career, scoring four over that span. Not only has the San Clemente, Calif., native scored goals in three straight matches, she has put home the game-winner in two of those three. In the third of the three games, she tallied the goal that tied the score. In all, Kugler has three game-winning goals in 2009. She enters the week with 19 goals and eight assists for 46 career points.

• 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 four. She contributed her fourth assist of the year on Friday against Cal State Fullerton when she was credited with one on a goal by Kailyn Kugler. While she has yet to score a goal in 2009, McDonald is second on the Gauchos in shots with 30 and she is second with 11 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 82 corner kicks in its 14 matches, an average of nearly six per match. On the other side of the field, Santa Barbara's opponents have had just 37 corners, 2.8 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 11, but 23 players have started at least one and 14 have started five or more.

• Free Kicks
UCSB has outshot its opponents by a margin of 45...Five Gauchos have two or more assists on the season...Alexa Stringer has played nearly every minute of every match in 2009, and yet she has just one shot...Forward Genelle Ives and midfielder Sarah Stoltz returned from injury over the weekend, each playing in both wins...Tammy Lenham has started the last three matches for the Gauchos and seems to have settled in to the starting spot.

• 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.

• Men's Soccer On The Radio
New this year, all men's soccer games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 KIST and available for free online via audio streaming, making UCSB the only school in the nation to broadcast men's soccer matches live on commercial radio. Fans from all over the world can also hear the Gauchos' run to the NCAA Tournament online by clicking here.

• GKids Today, Gauchos Tomorrow
UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.