Nov. 10, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991, will travel to Stanford University to take on the Cardinal in the first round on Friday night, it was announced Monday.
The match between UCSB and Stanford will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by another first round contest between Kansas and Denver.
The Gauchos, 12-6-3, advanced to their first NCAA Tournament in 17 years by virtue of winning the Big West Tournament. In the first round, they tied Cal Poly 1-1 and won in a shootout, 5-4. In Sunday's championship match at Long Beach State, they tied again, 1-1, and won on penalty kicks, 6-5.
"I am incredibly happy that we are taking this program back to the NCAA Tournament," said UCSB head coach Paul Stumpf. "I hope we have started a trend of going every year. I am so proud of this team, and I am grateful to them for helping me attain a goal that I have had since I began my career."
The Gauchos and Cardinal have played 12 times over the years with UCSB holding a 6-4-2 advantage. The teams have met once in the NCAA Tournament, in 1990, with Santa Barbara winning a 1-0 decision. The last time they played each other was in 1994 and Stanford won that one, 4-0.
"We know a lot of their players," Stumpf began. "They are a very, very good team. We will start making calls to some of our fellow coaches to find out what system they play and make some decisions on how we will approach the game. Either way, we are happy to stay in California where it will be easier for our parents and fans to attend."
The sixth-ranked Cardinal are 18-1-1 on the season and they received one of four top-seeds in the tournament.
Tickets for the match will go on sale on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. For information, call 1-800-Stanford or click here.