Gauchos Take to the Road for Final Two Regular Season Matches
Nov. 1, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge
at CSUN's Matador Field
Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
at LBSU's Campus Field
Controlling Its Destiny
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team will play its final two regular season matches on the road this weekend when it travels to Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Gauchos are in fifth-place in the Big West but still in the hunt to qualify for the Big West Tournament, which will pit the top four teams in the league's regular season standings. If UCSB sweeps its weekend matches against Northridge and Long Beach, it would qualify for the tournament. If the Gauchos split its matches, they would need help, but it would still be possible if Cal Poly could defeat Long Beach on Friday afternoon.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the week with an overall record of 6-8-4 and a Big West record of 3-2-1. The Gauchos also enter the week with a two-match unbeaten streak. Last week, Santa Barbara played 110 scoreless minutes at Pacific, tying for the fourth time this season, and then on Sunday defeated UC Davis by a 1-0 score.
Playing It Close To The Vest
With 18 goals in 18 matches, UCSB clearly does not generate a whole lot of offense. On the other hand, with 17 goals allowed in 18 games, the Gaucho defense doesn't allow many goals either. When senior defender Kandice Mclaughlin scored on a free kick in the 38th minute of the Oct. 28 win over UC Davis, it ended a streak of just over 390 scoreless minutes. Now, having recorded consecutive shutouts, the Gaucho defense has allowed no goals in its last 230 minutes and just one in the last 445 minutes.
Another Senior Celebration
UCSB celebrated its seniors prior to its Oct. 20 home match against Cal Poly. The match-up with the Mustang was not the team's final home appearance, but it was a Saturday night and was bound to draw more fans than a Sunday afternoon match. The team's final match of the home season was on Sunday, Oct. 28 against UC Davis with kick-off at noon. The planning was on the money. The crowd for the game against the Aggies was not nearly what it had been for the Cal Poly game. On the other hand, the Gauchos had another reason to celebrate the Davis game and it was due to a senior as senior defender Kandice Mclaughlin scored her first goal of the season, the game-winner in a 1-0 victory.
Although injuries have definitely taken their toll on UCSB, some positive has come of them. A number of freshmen that would have seen only limited playing time if everyone were healthy, have gained valuable experience. Among the players who have benefited the most from additional playing time are forwards Kailyn Kugler, Jacquie Simon and Brook Salyer, and defender Julia Speace. Each of the four has made at least eight starts and three have started at least 10 games. On the offensive end, Kugler remains the Gauchos' leading scorer with six goals and a pair of assists for 14 points. Three weeks ago she was named the Big West Player of the Week, a first for a UCSB player this season. Simon has a pair of goals and one assist for five points while Salyer has one goal and ranks second on the team with three assists. Speace has joined a veteran defensive group and has generally been outstanding.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Wright now has eight shutouts this season and 14 in her career, the sixth most in school history and the third most by a two-year player...Wright's goals against average this season is 0.89 and in her two years it is 0.88, a figure that would rank second on the school's all-time list...Paul Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to 87 wins in his career, second in school history...Defender Katrina Wright leads UCSB with four assists.