October 15, 2008

Gauchos Host Pacific, Travel to Cal Poly in Key Big West Weekend Matches

Oct. 15, 2008

This Week
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific
At UCSB's Harder Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 19 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
At Cal Poly's Spanos Stadium

The Gauchos Record
UC Santa Barbara posted a 3-0 shutout win over visiting Cal State Northridge on Oct. 10.  It was the first home game for the Gauchos in nearly four weeks and their first conference home game.  The win improved UCSB's overall record to 9-5-0 and its Big West record to 2-1.  The Gauchos have won three of their last four games overall.

UCSB Heads Into an Important Weekend
This is a big weekend for UCSB.  The Gauchos will return home on Friday, Oct. 17 to host Pacific in a 7:00 p.m. match at Harder Stadium and then hit the road for a Sunday, Oct. 19 contest at Cal Poly.  Santa Barbara enters the weekend in fourth-place in the Big West with a 2-1 record and six points, trailing first-place Cal Poly (3-0, nine points), second-place Pacific (3-1, nine points), and third-place Long Beach State (2-0-1, seven points).

Tickets for the match against Pacific are available for as low as $3.00 from the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office, which is located in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus and open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by calling 805-893-UCSB, online here , or at the Harder Stadium box office one hour prior to kickoff.

About the Tigers
The Tigers are led by Big West leading scorer Kristina Wavomba, a freshmen forward from Enicinitas, Calif., who scored her seventh goal of the season in their 4-1 victory over UC Riverside. The win marked the fifth win out of six contests for Pacific.  Freshman midfielders Angelica Figueroa and Laura Hogan follow behind with three goals apiece, and senior midfielder Laura King leads the team in assists with four.

An Improvement Over 2007
The Gauchos still have six games remaining to build on their current nine wins, which is already three more than they had in 2007.  While the increase in wins is obviously the most important improvement from a year ago, UCSB has been much improved statistically as well.  Last season, in 20 games, the Gauchos scored 19 goals, an average of 0.95 per game.  Through 14 contests this season, they have piled-up 26 goals, 1.86 per game.  Also in 2007, they had 20 assists on their 19 goals, but in 2008 they have had 28 assists. 

Ives Enters the Top-10
Junior forward Genelle Ives didn't waste any time moving from 11th to 10th on UCSB's all-time goal-scoring list.  Ives scored UCSB's first of three goals on a header in the first minute of a 3-0 win over Cal State Northridge on Oct. 10.  The goal was her fifth of the season, tying her with Jacqui Simon for the team-lead, and it was the 18th of her career, moving her into a tie with Allie Kueny for 10th all-time.  The Dana Point, Calif., native also has four assists for a total of 14 points on the season, tops on the team.  Her career totals are now 18 goals and 14 assists for 50 points, the 12th most all-time.

A Balanced Attack
When junior defender Kacey Doherty scored her first goal as a Gaucho to closeout the scoring in the win over Northridge, she became 12th UCSB player to score a goal in 2008.  In 2007, only four Gauchos scored goals.  Not only have 12 different players scored goals this season, but six have six have scored two or more.  Genelle Ives and Jacqui Simon have each notched five, while Kylie McDonald and Kailyn Kugler have three apiece.

Someone's Got to Get Them the Ball
Scoring goals is all well and good, but somebody has to be passing the ball.  UCSB has 10 players with at least one assist and six with three or more.  Sophomore Kylie McDonald, a transfer from Pepperdine, leads the team with five, three of which have come on goals by Genelle Ives.  McDonald has a powerful led, good speed, and a knack for hitting perfect crosses.  In addition, Ives, Kailyn Kugler, and Michelle Russell each have four assists.  Incidentally, Ives has assisted on one of McDonald's three goals.

A Cut Above
Freshman goalkeeper Ali Cutler, playing in place of sophomore Tammy Lenham who is out with a shoulder injury, had the shutout against Cal State Northride.  It was the second complete shutout for Cutler this season, and the fifth in which she played at least a half.  On the year, she has played nearly 577 minutes and a goals against average of 0.62, best on the team.  Cutler's 22 saves is the same total that Lenham has had.  Either way, she has been a valuable commodity for the Gauchos.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 96-74-21. His total of 96 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. Last season, he guided the Gauchos to a 6-10-4 overall record, including a 3-4-1 record in the Big West.  Stumpf has led the program to records of .500 or better in six of the last eight seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program accomplished that feat since 1988-91.  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, he was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year.  He has, in fact, guided the Gauchos to a top-three league finish in six of the last eight seasons, and twice he has led the program to regular season championships.  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.