October 21, 2009

Gauchos Take Four-Game Big West Winning Streak On The Road

Oct. 21, 2009

• The Schedule
Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at UC Davis Aggies
at UCD's Aggie Field
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at Pacific Tigers
at Pacific's Amos Alonzo Stagg Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

• Tickets Available For All UCSB Soccer Games
Fans can purchase tickets for UCSB soccer games and all Gaucho sporting events by calling (805) 893-UCSB, by visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or online by clicking here. Season tickets for UCSB men's and women's basketball are also available.

• Talk'n Gauchos Gives Fans The Inside Scoop On UCSB Athletics
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 the week with an overall record of 7-8-1 and a Big West record of 4-1. The Gauchos have 12 points in the league standings, second to Cal Poly which is 5-1 and has 15 points. Cal State Northridge also has 12 points but has played one more game and stands at 4-2.

• UCSB Takes Four-Game League Win Streak On The Road
After dropping its Big West opener to UC Irvine on Oct. 2 by a 3-0 score, UCSB responded with a 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos' haven't lost in league play since that opening 3-0 defeat to the Anteaters. Following the win over Northridge, they came home for consecutive wins over Cal State Fullerton (1-0), UC Riverside (2-1 in overtime), and Long Beach State (3-2 in overtime). The streak was UCSB's longest winning streak since the 2006 season.

• Gauchos Get The Offense Going
After scoring just nine goals in their first 11 matches in 2009, the Gauchos have started to heat-up offensively. In the last five contests, UCSB has scored 11 goals. Also, after being shutout four times in the first 11, the Gauchos have scored in five straight, notching two or more four times and three on two occasions over that span. Leading the way during the recent scoring surge has been junior forward Kailyn Kugler. Kugler has six goals in the last five games.

• 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 105-84-25.

• Kugler Can Do
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler has gone on a personal scoring binge in recent games. In the last five Gaucho games, Kugler has scored six of the team's 11 goals. In all, through 16 games, she has eight goals, tied for second in the Big West. In addition to her eight goals, Kugler has four assists for 20 points, second in the league. In her career, the San Clemente, Calif., native has now scored 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points. Kugler's second goal in Sunday's game against Seattle moved her into 10th-place on UCSB's all-time goal scoring list. Her next target on the goal-scoring list is teammate Genelle Ives who ranks ninth with 23.

• A Fresh Face
Freshman midfielder Erin Ortega has become full-time starter and she has responded with two goals and an assist. The native of Santa Clarita, Calif., has started 12 of the 15 matches in which she has played this season. She also ranks fourth on the team with 20 shots.

• 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 five. She also scored her first goal of the season in the Gauchos' 3-2 Big West win over Long Beach State on Oct. 15. In her career, McDonald now has 13 assists and is just four short of entering the school's all-time top-10 list in the category.

• 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 97 corner kicks in its 16 matches, an average of 6.1 per match. On the other side of the field, Santa Barbara's opponents have had just 44 corners, 2.7 per game. In fact, the Gauchos have more in the first half (45) and the second half (48) than their opponents total.

• It's A Start
Jacqui Simon, Nicole Romanowski, and Alexa Stringer have started all 16 games for the Gauchos. No other player has started more than 12, but 23 players have started at least one and 14 have started five or more.

• Free Kicks
2008 Big West Offensive Player of the Year Genelle Ives, limited by leg and knee injuries this season, scored her first goal and assist of the season on Oct. 15 in a 3-2 win over visiting Long Beach State...Nine different UCSB players have recorded at least one assist this season and five have had two or more...Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Gonzalez played the final 58:44 in the loss to Seattle. It was the first action of her career.