October 17, 2006

Gauchos Take Three-Game Winning Streak Into Key Home Weekend, Ives Named Big West Player of the Week

Oct. 17, 2006

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The Schedule
Match No. 16
Friday, October 20, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 17
Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its matches this weekend with an overall record of 5-6-4 and a Big West record of 3-1-0. The Gauchos have nine points in the Big West standings and have won three consecutive games, their longest streak of the season.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 79-58-15. His total of 79 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. Prior to last season, he had led the Gauchos to four consecutive seasons of double-figures in wins, the first time the program had accomplished the feat since 1988-91. Last season, he guided a young and injury-riddled UCSB team to a 9-10-0 record. Prior to the 2005 campaign, Stumpf had coached the Gauchos to five straight seasons of .500 or better, a feat that had last been 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, he 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.

Ives Named Big West Player Of The Week
Sophomore forward Genelle Ives was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. In Friday's match at Fullerton, Ives scored UCSB's first and fourth goals in a 4-1 win. The loss was the Titans' first in league play this season. On Sunday, in a 3-0 win at Riverside, the Dana Point, Calif., native scored the Gauchos' final goal of the match. Ives, who was the Big West's co-Freshman of the Year in 2005, has now scored five goals and has four assists for 14 points on the season. She is the first UCSB player to be named Player of the Week in the 2006 season.

What A Difference A Week Makes
Through 12 games this season, the Gauchos had scored a total of 10 goals. In its 13th contest they blanked UC Irvine by a score of 4-0 and that really got the ball rolling. In weekend wins at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, the Gauchos scored seven total goals. During their current season-long three-match winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 11-1. Thus, after scoring just 10 goals in its first 12 outings, UCSB has scored 11 in its last three, giving it 21 in 15 this season.

Not To Be Outdone
By outscoring their last three opponents 11-1, the Gauchos have drawn attention to the emergence of their offense. Not to be outdone, however, the UCSB defense has been oustanding. Actually, the defense and goalkeeping has been outstanding all season. Santa Barbara has allowed just 14 goals in 15 matches this season and its goalkeepers have recorded a solid 0.88 goals against average. The Gauchos have not given up more than two goals in any single match this season and they have allowed one or none 12 times in 15 games.

The Bickford Files
Senior forward Chandi Bickford continues to lead the UCSB attack. Limited to seven matches and one assist in 2005, Bickford has made up for lost time in 2006. The Maui native leads the team in goals with seven, assists with five and points with 19. During the current three-match winning streak, Bickford has scored three goals and assisted on three others for a total of nine points. Entering the year, Bickford had scored a total of three career goals, all during the 2004 season when she had three goals and a team-leading 10 assists. In her four seasons, she has now tallied 10 goals and 18 assists for 38 points, a figure that ties her for 14th on UCSB's all-time list.

Kueny Provides The Spark
Senior forward Allie Kueny missed the first six matches of the 2006 season with a knee injury. When she returned, she did so as a reserve. She has started the last seven matches, but has really only rounded into her regular form in the last three. It is no accident that UCSB's three-match winning streak coincides with Kueny's return to form. With goals in each of the last three games, all wins, Kueny has equaled her total goal output of last season. Also, she now has 15 career goals and 17 career assists for 47 total points. Her 15 goals ranks in a tie for 10th on UCSB's all-time career list and the 47 points is 11th.

Katie Bar The Goal
Junior goalkeeper Katie Wright really saved the Gauchos on Sunday at UC Riverside. Not only did she save UCSB, she also saved every shot sent her way by the Highlanders. Wright, a transfer from Nebraska, tied her season-high with 12 saves in the victory. It was her third shutout of the season and it helped her lower her goals against average to 0.92. Wright also had a 12-save performance in a 2-0 win at San Diego State on Sept. 3. She now has 51 saves in her 1,076 minutes and a solid save percentage of .823.

Ives Gets Back Into The Flow
Sophomore forward Genelle Ives, the 2005 Big West co-Freshman of the Year, took some time to get on-track in 2005. Ives, who had six goals and six assists last season, did not score her first goal of 2006 until the fourth game of the year, but she, along with several others, has emerged in the last three games. Last weekend, as UCSB swept road matches at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, Ives earned Big West Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals, including two at Fullerton, the defending Big West Champion and an NCAA Sweet 16 participant in 2005. She also had an assist in the first win of the streak. Ives now ranks second on the team in goals with five and assists with four. Her career totals, in slightly less than two years, are 11 goals and 10 assists for 42 points, 13th in school history.

Kandice Can
Junior defender Kandice Mclaughlin played in 19 matches in 2005 and did not score a goal. This year, through 12 matches she was also without a goal. A transfer from Michigan prior to 2005, McLaughlin has not only been one of the main reasons UCSB has allowed just 14 goals in 15 matches, but since going without a goal in her first 31 matches as a Gaucho, she has turned things around. McLaughlin, who has one of the strongest toes on the team, has scored twice in the last three matches, both on direct free kicks. She scored the team's first goal in a 3-0 win at UC Riverside on Sunday and she tallied one of four goals in a 4-0 win over UC Irvine on Oct. 8. McLaughlin also has one assist to go with her pair of goals.

Sam-I-Am
Sophomore Sami Svrcek has also been a key to UCSB's recent offensive uptick. She is tied for second on the team with four assists and she has one goal. Svrcek has had an assist in each of the last three games and all four of her assists have come in the last four matches.

On The Horizon
Just one weekend will remain in the regular season after this week. The Gauchos will host West Coast Conference foe St. Mary's on Oct. 26. It will likely be the team's final Harder Stadium appearance this season. UCSB will close the regular season with a Big West finale at Cal Poly on Oct. 28.