Sept. 13, 1999
No One Here But Us Chickens
The Gauchos notched their second straight victory over Denver University Wednesday, when coach Tim Vom Steeg's team bested the Pioneers 2-0. Sean Herrity scored his first goal of 1999 in the contest by way of a Steven Sosa assist. Thiago Martins added the insurance goal when he overpowered two Pioneer defenders late in the second half. Senior goalkeeper Stewart Sanders was credited with the shutout, his second of the season.
Loyola Marymount Not So Cowardly
Host LMU overwhelmed UCSB in the second half of their match Sunday, as the Lions outscored the Gauchos 3-1 in the latter stanza to drop UCSB to 3-2-0 on the young season. Sean Herrity scored the Gauchos' only goal in the contest.
It's A Wonderful LIfe
Senior keeper Stewart Sanders has to be pleased with how things are going for his Gauchos in 1999. In his fifth year at UCSB, Sanders is the only Gaucho who remembers UCSB's last postseason appearance, a berth to the MPSF playoffs. Sanders was a standout freshman netminder on the 1995 squad. He posted an impressive 1.07 GAA and a school freshman record seven shutouts. However, Sanders was forced to redshirt 1996 after suffering a fractured cheekbone in the first half of a match at Fresno State. After playing sparingly in 1997, Sanders was not even on the team in 1998. Now he's back in goal for the Gauchos, and playing to stay there. The supersenior has started four of UCSB's five matches thus far this season. He has allowed just five goals (1.25 GAA) and has shutout both Cal Poly and Denver, both MPSF Mountain Division opponents. With nine career shutouts to his name, Sanders needs just two more to climb to fifth on UCSB's all-time ranks.
That's Their Job, That's What They Do
The Gaucho forwards have been doing the things that forwards do, namely scoring goals. UCSB's starting front men (Martins, Herrity, Ambriz) have scored seven of the team's nine goals on the year, while the other two have come from two reserve forwards (Dalgleish, Hubay-Dies). UCSB has scored in all five of its 1999 contests, and at 3-2-0, is off to its best start since 1995. Leading the goalscoring charge has been Brazilian transfer Thiago "Thiba" Martins. Martins played two season for Vom Steeg at Santa Barbara City College before coming to UCSB. Here he has thoroughly impressed the Gaucho faithful with his powerful presence and ball skills to the tune of four goals and one assist. With two goals last week, Herrity is UCSB's second leading scorer. The junior redshirted 1998 after tearing his ACL early in the season. He spent 1996 and 1997 at the University of New Mexico.
The Early Season Offensive (Not to be confused with the Tet Offensive.)
UCSB's booters have scored nine goals thus far and have not been shutout, putting them on pace to record 36 for the season. Last year's Gauchos managed only 26 goals and were blanked eight times. UCSB has also outshot its opponents 70 to 49, setting it up for a 280 to 196 advantage. The 1998 squad was outshot 280 to 203.
The Bottom Line: Gaucho Scoring and Goalkeeping Leaders
Scoring: Thiago Martins 9 (4 goals, 1 assist), Sean Herrity 4 (2 goals), Jaime Ambriz 3 (1 goal, 1 assist), Lucas Dalgleish 3 (1 goal, 1 assist). Goalkeeping: Stewart Sanders 1.25 GAA, 16 saves, 2 ShO.