UCSB Plays BYU in NCAA First Round at Stanford Thursday

UCSB Plays BYU in NCAA First Round at Stanford Thursday

Nov. 10, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. (PST)
NCAA Tournament Match
UCSB Gauchos vs. BYU Cougars
at Palo Alto, Calif.
Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
Game available on Gametracker
Audio: KCSB 91.9 FM and KCSB.org
Free Video: gostanford.com

• GKids Today, Gauchos Tomorrow
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• The Basics
UC Santa Barbara will play BYU in an NCAA Tournament first round match at Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. The winner of that match will play the winner of the match between Stanford, a No. 1 seed in the tournament, and Northern Arizona. That match is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. The winners would play on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for youths and seniors. One ticket is good for both Thursday matches. Tickets can be purchased on-line at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

• UCSB Returns To NCAA Tournament
By winning its second straight Big West Tournament title, UCSB advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. This appearance in the NCAA Tournament will be the ninth in the program's history, but it is the first time the Gauchos have appeared in consecutive tournaments since they advanced to three in row from 1989-91. The appearance in 1991 was the most recent one prior to 2008.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the NCAA Tournament game with an overall record of 9-9-3. The Gauchos completed their Big West season with a 5-2-1 record. They have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games after opening the year with a 3-7-1 record.

• UCSB Wins Second Straight Big West Tournament
For the second consecutive year, UCSB won the Big West Tournament. In the first round, the Gauchos went on the road and posted a 2-1 win at Cal State Northridge. In the championship game, they traveled to face top-seeded Cal Poly. Trailing 1-0 into the 69th minute, Santa Barbara tied the score on a goal by Katy Roby. The teams remained deadlocked through remainder of regulation and both overtime periods and were forced to go to penalty kicks to decide the outcome. Also, for the second straight year, the Gauchos earned the league crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of a 5-4 victory in the shootout.

• Gaucho Tournament History
UCSB is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row and the second time since 1991. This year's NCAA appearance will be the program's ninth. The Gauchos also advanced to postseason in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 2008. In their previous eight appearances,they have recorded a 5-8 record. Santa Barbara's NCAA Tournament wins have come against Stanford, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Colorado College, and Cal State Hayward. Last year the Gauchos lost to Stanford in the first round, 2-0.

• The Gauchos Against The Rest Of The Field
UCSB and BYU have played just one time. In 1997, the Cougars defeated the Gauchos by a 3-0 count. Santa Barbara has played Stanford 13 times and holds a 6-5-2 edge all-time. The Cardinal however, won the last game, a 2-0 shutout in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. UCSB and Northern Arizona have played three times and the Gauchos have a 2-1 lead in the series, including a 2-1 win in the last meeting between the schools in 2001.

• Gauchos Honored By Big West
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler was named Big West Offensive Player of the Year and she was joined by five other Gauchos on the various All-Big West Teams. Kugler enters Thursday's NCAA Tournament match against BYU with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. She was also a First Team All-Big West. Kugler was joined on the all-conference first team by forward Kylie McDonald and midfielder Jacqui Simon. Defender Nicole Romanowski was selected to the second team while midfielder Erin Ortega and defender Alexa Stringer were honorable mention.

• 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 107-85-27. His total of 107 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.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
UCSB enters the NCAA Tournament with a record of 6-5-2 in road and neutral site games. The Gauchos are unbeaten in their last five games away from home, going 3-0-2 over that span. They finished the regular season with a 3-4-1 record at home.

• 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 1987-94. Stumpf, who is in his 11th season in Santa Barbara, is now 107-85-27.

• Kugler Can Do
Junior forward Kailyn Kugler, the Big West's Offensive Player of the Year, enters the NCAA Tournament as UCSB's leading scorer and she has done most of her damage in the second half of the season. In the last 10 Gaucho contests, Kugler has scored seven of the team's 18 goals. In all, through 21 games, she has nine goals. Four of her goals have been game-winners. In addition to her nine goals, Kugler has five assists for 23 points. 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
Junior midfielder Jacqui Simon scored her fourth goal of the season in last week's 2-1 win at Cal State Northridge in the first round of the Big West Tournament. It was the game-winning goal. In Sunday's final at Cal Poly, Simon assisted on the game-tying goal in the 69th minute. It was the first goal that Mustang goalkeeper Coral Hoover had allowed in nearly 750 minutes. For the season, Simon now ranks tied for second on the team in goals with four and assists with five. Her 13 points are also second. on the team to Kailyn Kugler.

• 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 the first round of the Big West Tournament against Cal State Northridge, Lenham had six saves and then she had two more in the championship game against Cal Poly. She enters the NCAA Tournament with a goals against average of 0.91 and she has registered four complete shutouts.

• Katy On The Spot
Sophomore midfielder Katy Roby was limited throughout much of the first half of the season with a leg injury. Not coincidentally, UCSB struggled. As she has gotten healthier, so too have the Gauchos. Entering a Nov. 4 game at Cal State Northridge, Santa Barbara had a 3-7-1 record and a three-game losing streak. Roby's first goal of the season, in the 83rd minute against the Matadors, snapped a 2-2 tie and was the game-winner. That victory seemed to springboard UCSB, which went unbeaten in its next six in a row. Roby scored a pair of goals in a win at UC Davis and then she scored her fourth, and arguably most important, to tie the score in the 69th minute of the Big West title game against Cal Poly. That goal ultimately helped send the game to overtime and then penalty kicks. The rest is history and Roby was named MVP. Her four goals is tied for second on the team and she has a total of nine points.

• 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. 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. The Gauchos have been much better offensively in the 10 games since, scoring 17 goals. On Oct. 23, Santa Barbara scored four goals in a win at UC Davis, the highest output of the season.

• Starters From The Start
Nicole Romanowski and Alexa Stringer have started all 21 games for the Gauchos. They are the only two players to start all 21. UCSB has had 22 players make at least one start in 2009.

• 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 have four while Katy Roby has three. Alissa Sanchez and Erin Ortega each have a pair.

• 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."

• 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.