Aug. 31, 1999
Back in Blue
Hired last spring, Tim Vom Steeg has returned to UCSB, his old stomping grounds, to turn around a struggling Gaucho program. Vom Steeg, a 1989 UCSB graduate and four-year Gaucho letterwinner (1985-88), is coming off of a sterling seven-year career as head coach at Santa Barbara City College. There he amassed a 121-18-4 (.860) overall record. He led the Vaqueros to five Western States Conference titles and a 1996 State Championship. In addition, his teams reached the State Final Four on three other occasions. Vom Steeg was named WSC Coach of the Year five times, recognized as 1996 California Community Colleges Coach of the Year and the 1997 Far West Region Coach of the Year.
Who Are These Guys?!
Even the Gaucho faithful have been asking themselves that which Butch Cassidy so frequently uttered. With just seven playing members of the 1998 team returning in 1999 and only four 1997 players on Vom Steeg's squad, there are plenty of unfamiliar faces donning the Blue and Gold. However, the few UCSB veterans saw a good deal of action last season. The Gauchos return juniors Lucas Dalgleish, Chris Schwandt and A.J. Albertalli. Schwandt was a 1997 Honorable Mention All-MPSF choice, and both he and Albertalli are two-year starters. Dalgleish has seen a good deal of action at forward the last two season. Also back are senior "Iron" John Peloian, the 1998 leader in minutes played, and Galen Donaldson, who saw extensive action in the backfield last year as a freshman.
All the Flava
The 1999 Gauchos are definitely "live in the 805". Tim Vom Steeg's roster boasts six players who are products of local high schools. Junior Sean Herrity prepped for Simi Valley High School before playing two seasons at New Mexico and redshirting (medical) 1998 at UCSB. Newcomers Jaime Ambriz and Bryan Monka were teammates for two seasons at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard. Robert Drescher and Mike Bradbury were in the same situation at Buena High School in Ventura. And Kenny Newendorp, the pride of Santa Barbara, joins UCSB in 1999, his fourth local school in five seasons (San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont).
F - Thiago Martins - played 1998 at SBCC, Brazilian F - Jaime Ambriz -24 goals, 11 assists for SBCC in 1996 F - Sean Herrity - redshirted 1998 after torn acl in third game MF - Steven Sosa - U.S. National age-group player, injured in 1998 MF - Kenny Newendorp - starter on 1998 Westmont team ranked 5th MF - Chris Schwandt - 1997 All-MPSF, two-year starter MF - Mike Bradbury - five goals, five assts. for San Diego St. in 1998 D - A.J. Albertalli - two-year starter, wins many headers at 6'3" D - John Peloian - led 1998 team with 1751 minutes played D - Robert Drescher - played 1997 and 1998 at SBCC GK - Stewart Sanders - seven ShO, 1.07 GAA 1995, DNP 1998
Mustangs Comin' to Town
Wednesday will be the season opener for Cal Poly as well. The Mustangs enter the match on the heels of a school-record 11-7-2 1998 campaign. They return Brenton Junge, one of the MPSF's top goalkeepers, and Brian Lange, a 1eading scorer in 1998. Junge tallied five shutouts and carried a 1.84 GAA, while Lange recorded six goals and one assists for 13 points.