November 7, 2006

Eight Gauchos Earn All-Big West Honors; Ives, Kueny, Ritchey Named First Team

Nov. 7, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior forward Allie Kueny, sophomore forward Genelle Ives and sophomore defender Rachael Ritchey were all named First Team All-Big West and five other Gauchos were recognized as either Second Team All-Big West or Honorable Mention All-Big West, the league announced Tuesday.

Kueny, Ives and Ritchey were joined by senior midfielder Darci Gwartz and junior goalkeeper Katie Wright, who each earned Second Team All-Big West recognition, and senior forward Chandi Bickford, senior midfielder Kristyn Bright and junior defender Kandice Mclaughlin, who were each selected Honorable Mention All-Big West.

Kueny, who was a second team all-leaguer as a sophomore in 2004, overcame a knee injury to earn her honor. She missed the first six matches of the season and didn't enter the starting lineup until the ninth match, but when she did return to the starting 11, she was a key figure in a UCSB turnaround that led to a Big West regular season co-championship. Kueny finished the year with six goals and one assist for 13 points, but she did all of her damage in the season's final eight matches and all against Big West opponents. In Kueny's final eight contests, the Gauchos went 5-2-1 and turned a 2-6-4 start into a 5-1-1 league mark and a 7-7-6 overall record.

Ives, a Second Team All-Big West choice and the league's co-Freshman of the Year in 2005, finished with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. She scored five of her goals and had one of her assists during the final eight matches. She played in all 20 contests for UCSB, starting 15.

Ritchey was one of the leaders of a Santa Barbara defensive unit that allowed just 18 goals in 20 matches and recorded a 0.84 goals against average. The team posted six shutouts on the year and never allowed more than two goals in any match.

Wright was also a vital ingredient in the Gaucho defensive unit. A transfer from Nebraska, she seized the starting job in goal early in the year and she never relinquished it. Wright finished the year with six shutouts, a goals against average of 0.86 and a save percentage of .821. In seven Big West matches, she allowed just three goals in seven matches and had four shutouts. Gwartz, an honorable mention all-league selection in 2004 and 2005, had one goal and two assists on the year. Her play in the midfield was one of the keys to UCSB's offensive emergence towards the latter portion of the season.

Bright, also a midfielder, missed the final four matches of the season with a foot injury, but she earned All-Big West recognition for the fourth time. Bright missed the entire 2005 season with a knee injury, but returned in 2006 to play in and start 16 games. Bickford tied for the team-lead with seven goals and she added a team-high seven assists for 21 points. She teamed with Ives and Kueny to give the Gauchos one of the most potent forward lines in the Big Westt. McLaughlin was also a key weapon defensively for UCSB. From her defender spot, she scored three goals, on direct free kicks, and assisted on a fourth.

Long Beach State's Kim Silos and Hayley Bolt were selected the Big West Forward and Midfielder of the Year respectively. Cal State Fullerton's Karen Bardsley and Erica Janke were chosen the Goalkeeper and Defender of the Year and their coach, Ali Khosroshahin was named Coach of the Year. Cal Poly's Carrie Andrews and UC Riverside's Leticia Villalpando were named co-Freshmen of the Year.