November 3, 2009

Gauchos Travel to Cal State Northridge for Big West Tournament Thursday

Nov. 3, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Big West Tournament First Round
UCSB Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors
at CSUN's Matador Field
Game available on Gametracker
Audio: KCSB 91.9 FM and KCSB.org

Sunday, November 8, 2009 - TBA
Big West Tournament Championship Game
UCSB Gauchos at Big West Tournament First Round
at TBA

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the Big West Tournament with an overall record of 8-9-2. The Gauchos completed their Big West season with a 5-2-1 record. On Sunday, they lost a 2-0 decision to visiting Cal Poly, dropping them to the No. 3 seed in the Big West Tournament.

• Third-Seeded Gauchos Travel To Cal State Northridge
As the third-seed in the Big West Tournament, UCSB will hit the road for a Thursday afternoon match at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos and Matadors will be playing for the second time this season. On Oct. 4, the teams tangled at Matador Field with Santa Barbara posting a 3-2 win. In that game, Kailyn Kugler and Erica Seidman scored first half goals to give the Gauchos a 2-0 lead that they carried into the 75th minute. An own-goal narrowed the lead to 2-1 and in the 78th minute Farryn Town scored for Northridge to tie the score at 2-2. Katy Roby scored the game-winner for UCSB in the 83rd minute on an unassisted goal. As for the other teams in the tournament, the Gauchos lost at UC Irvine on Oct. 2, 3-0, and on Nov. 1 at home to Cal Poly by a score of 2-0.

• What If...
The other first round game in the Big West Tournament pits No. 1 seeded Cal Poly against the No. 4 seed UC Irvine. If the Gauchos defeat Cal State Northridge on Thursday, they would play the winner of the Mustang-Anteater showdown. If the Mustangs win, the championship game would be in San Luis Obispo, but if the Anteaters win, the game would be in Santa Barbara.

• Gauchos Hope To Repeat 2008 Result
In 2008, UCSB entered the Big West Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Gauchos defeated Cal Poly on a penalty kick shootout to advance to the tournament championship match at Long Beach State. They repeated the feat against the 49ers, winning in another penalty kick shootout to earn the Big West's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

• Gauchos In The Big West Tournament
UCSB will be playing in its fifth Big West Tournament. The Gauchos have an all-time record of 2-3-2 in the tournament and they have advanced to three championship games. Both ties came in the 2008 Big West Tournament but each resulted in the Gaucho victories by virtue of penalty kick shootouts. UCSB is 1-0 against Cal State Northridge in Big West Tournament play, defeating the Matadors 4-2 in 2004. As far as the other participants are concerned, Santa Barbara is 0-2-1 against Cal Poly and has never played UC Irvine in the tournament.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 11th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 106-85-26. His total of 105 wins is the most in school history. On Sept. 9, he passed Tad Bobak, who finished his coaching career with exactly 100. In 2008, Stumpf guided UCSB to its first Big West Tournament title, and first NCAA Tournament bid since 1991. Last season marks the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. He has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last nine seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and 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. On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.

• 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 106-85-26.

• Kugler Can Do
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler enters the Big West Tournament as UCSB's leading scorer and most of the damage has been done in the last eight matches. In the last eight Gaucho contests, Kugler has scored seven of the team's 15 goals. In all, through 19 games, she has nine goals, second in the Big West. Four of her goals have been game-winners. In addition to her nine goals, Kugler has five assists for 23 points, also second in the league. The nine goals equal the most scored by a Gaucho player since Jennifer Borcich scored 15 in 2004. In her career, the San Clemente, Calif., native has now scored 22 goals and 11 assists for 55 points. Kugler is now in 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.

• Roby On Target
Sophomore Katy Roby was injured for much of the early part of the season and her healthy return has been a significant boost for the Gauchos. Roby scored a pair of goals in the Gauchos' 4-1 win at UC Davis on Oct. 23. She now has three goals and one assist for seven points. Roby has played in 15 games, starting six. Incidentally, her other goal this season was the game-winner in UCSB's 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge on Oct. 2.

• Romanowski Makes The Adjustment
One of the nicest surprises for UCSB this season has been the play of central defender Nicole Romanowski. A midfielder by trade, Romanowski made the shift to the back line in 2009 and she has been one of just two players to start every match. In fact, Romanowski has hardly ever come out of a match this season and she has proven to be the anchor of the Gaucho defense.

• General Assistance
As a sophomore in 2008, forward Kylie McDonald led the Gauchos in assists with eight. In 2009 McDonald again paces the team in assists with seven, ranking her second in the Big West. She scored her only 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 15 assists and is just four short of entering the school's all-time top-10 list in the category.

• Worthy Goals
UCSB scored just two goals in its first five matches and nine in its first 11. Despite getting shutout in the last two games, the Gauchos were much better offensively in the last eight matches. They scored 15 goals in the final eight regular season contests, going 5-2-1 over that span. On Oct. 23, Santa Barbara scored four goals in a win at UC Davis, the highest output of the season. In fact, the Gauchos scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the win over the Aggies. With 13 goals in Big West play, the Gauchos tied with Cal Poly and UC Irvine for the most in conference games this season.

• And Then There Were Two
Nicole Romanowski, and Alexa Stringer have started all 19 games for the Gauchos. Midfielder Jacqui Simon had started the first 16, but she came off the bench in the last three leaving just Romanowski and Stringer as the only players who have started every game.

• Spreading It Around
Kailyn Kugler is easily the Gauchos leading goal-scorer this season with nine, but she is by no means alone. UCSB has 10 different players who have scored at least one goal and five who have scored two or more. Jacqui Simon and Katy Roby each have three, while Alissa Sanchez and Erin Ortega each have a pair.

• Gaucho Notes
UCSB has outshot its opposition by a margin of 58 shots this season, 261-203...Despite being shutout in the regular season finale, the Gauchos outshot Cal Poly 24-13...UCSB has outscored opponents in the first half of games this season, 12-11, but has been outscored 17-10 in the second half...The Gauchos have more than double their opponents corner kicks, 117-56, yet they have scored just once on a corner kick in 2009...Cal State Northridge allowed six goals in eight Big West games this season and exactly half were scored by Santa Barbara in a 3-2 win on Oct. 2...The Gauchos finished the regular season with a 5-4-1 road record in 2009.

• Talk'n Gauchos
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.

•GKids Today, Gauchos Tomorrow
UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.

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