Unbeaten in Three Straight, Gauchos Travel to UC Davis Friday

Oct. 21, 2008

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
at Aggie Field

• This Week
UC Santa Barbara will travel to UC Davis for a Big West Conference match on Friday, Oct. 24 at 2:00 p.m.  The match between the Gauchos and Aggies was originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon, but was moved several weeks ago.  The match at Davis will be UCSB's final road contest of the season.  The Gauchos complete the regular season the following weekend when they host Long Beach State and UC Irvine on Oct.  31 and Nov. 2.  Tickets for both games are available at the UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or online by going here.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the week with an overall record of 10-5-1 and a Big West mark of 3-1-1.  Last weekend, the Gauchos played two of the teams that they are battling with for Big West Tournament spots.  On Friday night, they tied Pacific 1-1, and on Sunday they traveled to previously unbeaten Cal Poly and recorded an impressive 4-2 victory.  UCSB is now undefeated in its last three games.

• A Perfect 10
Sunday's win at Cal Poly was the Gauchos' 10th of the season.  It marks the first time since 2004 that they have had a double-figure victory total.  This also marks the fifth time that a Paul Stumpf-coached UCSB team has won 10 or more games.  Since the program began in 1983, there have been 15 seasons with 10 or more wins.

• Ives Named Big West co-Player Of The Week
Junior forward Genelle Ives became the first UCSB player this season to earn Big West Player of the Week honors as she shared the award with Cal State Northridge midfielder Nancy Avesyan.  In two weekend matches, a 1-1 tie with Pacific and a 4-2 road win over Cal Poly, Ives had three goals and an assist for seven points.  The weekend performances gives Ives eight goals and five assists on the season, good for 21 points.  She leads the Big West in goals and points and is tied for the league-lead in assists.

• Ives Climbs the Lists
Junior forward Genelle Ives has scored at least one goal in three straight matches and on Sunday at Cal Poly, she tallied two.  Her recent goal rush gives her eight on the season, to go along with five assists, for a total of 21 points.  Ives now either leads or is tied for the Big West Conference lead in goals, points, points per game, assists, and shots.  Her eight goals are one more than her previous career-high of seven, set during her sophomore season in 2006.  In her career, the Dana Point, Calif., native has now scored 21 goals, 15 assists, and 57 points.  She ranks ninth on UCSB's all-time goal scoring list and 11th on the all-time points list.

• Getting Offensive
After a 2007 season in which they scored just 19 goals in 20 matches, the 2008 season has been a refreshing change for the Gauchos.  Through 16 matches this season, UCSB has scored 31 goals, an average of 1.94 per game.  The total of 31 goals leads the Big West, as does the average goals per game.  In addition, with 32 assists on the year, the Gauchos lead in that category as well.  Finally, Santa Barbara has scored 94 points, an average of 5.88 per game, also the best in the Big West.   

• A Cut Above
Freshman goalkeeper Ali Cutler continues to be a pleasant surprise in goal for the Gauchos.  Playing in place of an injured Tammy Lenham, Cutler has been solid.  In Sunday night's 4-2 win at Cal Poly, she set a career high with nine saves, easily bettering her previous high of six.  Cutler has now played the most minutes of any UCSB goalkeeper this season, logging nearly 777.  She has a goals against average of 0.81, 34 saves, and a save percentage of 82.9%.  In addition, while she has two complete game shutouts, she has played at least half the match in three others.

Kugler Contributes
Sophomore forward Kailyn Kugler matched teammate Genelle Ives in Sunday's win at Cal Poly, scoring two goals.  Kugler scored the first goal on a penalty kick.  She now has five on the year, tying for second on the team with Jacqui Simon.  The San Clemente, Calif., native has been efficient as well, scoring her five goals on just 25 shots on goal, a solid 20.0%.  By comparison, Ives is at 14.0% and Simon is at 11.4%.

• Balancing Act
The Gauchos have scored 31 goals in 16 matches this season, 12 more than they scored all of last year.  Also, unlike a season ago, there has been a great deal of balance in the scoring.  UCSB has had 12 different players find the back of the net in 2008, four more than 2007.  Six different players have scored more than one goal, and four have scored three or more.  Finally, 10 different players have recorded at least one assist and six have four or more.

• 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 97-74-22. His total of 97 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list.   This season marks the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins.  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.