Gauchos Travel to Cal Poly for Big West Title Match Sunday
Nov. 6, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Big West Tournament Championship Match
UCSB Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
at Cal Poly's Spanos Stadium
Audio: KCSB 91.9 FM and KCSB.org
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the Big West Tournament Championship game with an overall record of 9-9-2. The Gauchos completed their Big West season with a 5-2-1 record. They have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
UCSB Edges Cal State Northridge In Big West Tournament First Round
Third-seeded UCSB defeated second-seeded Cal State Northridge on Thursday afternoon by a 2-1 score at Matador Field. The game was scoreless midway through the second half when junior midfielder Jacqui Simon scored an unassisted goal in the 68th minute. The Gauchos then benefitted from an own-goal in the 84th minute. The goal was caused by ball-pressure from Genelle Ives and a shot attempt by Katy Roby. Northridge responded with a goal, also in the 84th minute, by Farryn Townley, narrowing the margin to 2-1. UCSB then had to stave an onslaught in the final minutes as the Matadors brought everyone forward, including their goalkeeper. Goalkeeper Tammy Lenham was up to the task in the waning minutes, making a pair of saves. She finished with six for the game.
Gauchos To Play In Second Straight Championship Game
The Gauchos will be playing in their second straight Big West Tournament championship. In 2008, they tied Long Beach State 1-1 but advanced by virtue of a 6-5 penalty kick advantage. Overall, the appearance in the championship game will be UCSB's fourth. the other two came in 2003 and 2004 and each time the Gauchos lost 2-0 decisions to Cal Poly. In all, Santa Barbara has a 3-3-2 record in Big West Conference Tournament play.
UCSB and Cal Poly have played 18 times since the series between the Central Coast rivals began in 1993. The Gauchos have a 6-10-3 record all-time against the Mustangs. Last year, Santa Barbara beat Cal Poly 4-2 during the regular season and then the teams tied 1-1 in the first round of the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos advanced to the championship match because a 5-4 advantage in the penalty kick shootout. This year, on Sunday, Nov. 1, Cal Poly blanked UCSB 2-0 in a Blue-Green Rivalry Series match at Harder Stadium. That match was tied into the 71st minute when Tiffany Gummow scored for the Mustangs. UCSB had a 24-13 shot advantage, but goalkeeper Coral Hoover had six saves and came up big for her team.
On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 11th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters Big West title game with a record of 107-85-26. His total of 106 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.
Road, Sweet Road
While UCSB would certainly love to be at home for the Big West Championship match, being on the road is not that bad of a thing. The Gauchos have gone 3-4-1 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in 2009 while going 6-4-1 on the road, including 3-0-1 in the last four games.
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 107-85-26.
Kugler Can Do
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler enters the Big West Tournament title game as UCSB's leading scorer and most of the damage has been done in the last nine matches. In the last nine Gaucho contests, Kugler has scored seven of the team's 17 goals. In all, through 20 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.
Simon Says, I'll Score The Game-Winner
Junior midfielder Jacqui Simon scored her fourth goal of the season in Thursday's 2-1 win at Cal State Northridge. The goal turned out to be the game-winner, the first scored by Simon this season. In her third year with the Gauchos, the native of Torrance, Calif., has now scored 12 goals and 13 assists for 37 total points.
Lenham Gives UCSB A Lift
Goalkeeper Tammy Lenham, who is listed as a junior but will graduate in June, has given the Gauchos a lift in recent weeks. After splitting time for most of the first half of the season, Lenham has seized the starting job over the second half. On Oct. 25, in a 0-0 tie at Pacific, she set a career-high with 12 saves. In Thursday's Big West Tournament first round match against Cal State Northridge, Lenham had six saves, including two big ones in the waning seconds as the Matadors tried to fight back. In all, she has a goals against average of 0.92 and 49 saves.
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.
UCSB scored just two goals in its first five matches and nine in its first 11. Despite getting shutout in two of the last three games, the Gauchos have been much better offensively in those nine. They scored 17 goals in the final nine regular season contests, going 6-2-1 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 20 games for the Gauchos. Midfielder Jacqui Simon had started the first 16, but she came off the bench in the last three regular season matches 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 has four while Katy Roby has three. Alissa Sanchez and Erin Ortega each have a pair.
UCSB has outshot its opposition by a margin of 49 this season, 272-223...UCSB has outscored opponents in the first half of games this season, 12-11, but has been outscored 18-11 in the second half...The Gauchos have nearly double their opponents corner kicks, 117-61.
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."
Men's And Women's Basketball Season Tickets Still Available!
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.
Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.
And, purchase tickets before Nov. 1 to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!
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.