UCSB Heads to Michigan for Pair of Contests

Kathleen Matthew (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Kathleen Matthew (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
UCSB Gauchos at Oakland University Golden Grizzlies
at Oakland's OU Soccer Complex in Rochester, Mich.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. (PDT)
UCSB Gauchos at Michigan State Spartans
at MSU's DeMartin Soccer Complex in East Lansing, Mich.

• A Brief Road Foray
After a brief weekend trip to the state of Michigan for games against Oakland University and Michigan State, UCSB will return home for a pair of encounters at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  On Friday, Sept. 16, the Gauchos will host fellow-scenic campus dweller Pepperdine in a 7:00 p.m. match and on Sunday, Sept. 18, they take-on Nevada in a 1:00 p.m. event.  Tickets for both games are available by visiting the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB or online by clicking here.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Friday night match Oakland University with a record of 2-3-1.  The Gauchos split a pair of matches at home last weekend.  On Friday evening, they defeated Fresno State with a late-goal, 3-2, and on Sunday afternoon they dropped a tough 1-0 decision to New Mexico.  Santa Barbara has lost three of its last four games, but each has been by one goal. 

• One-Goal Wonders
UCSB has played six matches through the first three weekends of the year and every one of them has been close.  The season opener against Idaho, played at the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, was a 1-1 tie.  Each of the Gauchos last five contests have been decided by one goal and three of those five were 1-0 finals.

• Anderson Makes Her Mark
Junior Dyanne Anderson, a transfer from Rancho Satiago College in Orange County was a prolific goal-scorer at the community college level.  That doesn't always translate to the next level.  In Anderson's case, it has.  Through the team's first six matches, she has scored a team-leading three goals, exactly half of the Gauchos total output on the season.  In the Sept. 2 win over Fresno State, Anderson scored the team's first goal and then she tallied the game-winner late as UCSB posted a 3-2 victory.  She became the first Gaucho to score more than one goal in a game since Kailyn Kugler did so midway through the 2010 season.  Anderson has scored a trio of goals on the year and she's been close several other times.  She has 21 shots in 2011, eight more than her next closest teammate, Erin Ortega, who has 13.  Also, of her 21 shots, 12 have been on goal, six more than Ortega and nearly one-third of Santa Barbara's total.

• Speaking Of Ortega…
Speaking of junior Erin Ortega, the forward/midfielder played a major part in Anderson's two-goal performance against Fresno State.  Ortega assisted on both of her teammate's scores and had a goal of her own to boot.  She became the first UCSB player in three years to either score or assist on each of the team's goals when they score at least three in a game. 

• Defending Their Honor
While the Gauchos may still be finding their way on the offensive end, the defensive end is another matter.  As a team, UCSB has a 1.12 goals against average and has yet to allow more than two goals in any single match.  The defenders have allowed the opposition to attempt just 65 shots overall, 29 on-frame.  The success defensively has come despite the absence of starters Nicole Romanowski and Alyssa Benjamin, each of whom was injured in the team's Aug. 28 game against the University of Minnesota.  They both missed the games against Fresno State and New Mexico.  Kathleen Matthew and Alexa Stringer have been staples on the back line.  Midfielders Cory Yoshida and Katy Roby continue to have an impact on the Gauchos' defensive effort as well.  Sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Henry nearly became one of the team's injury losses against Fresno State last Friday when she collided with a Bulldog attacker and took several minutes to recover.  She stayed in the game the rest of the way, however, and then played all 90 minutes on Sunday against the Lobos. 

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 13th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 118-98-30. His 118 wins are the most in school history.  On Sept. 9, 2009 he became the school's all-time leader in coaching with as the Gauchos defeated William and Mary, 2-0.  Stumpf has guided UCSB to two of the last three NCAA Tournaments.  Prior to 2008, the Gauchos had not been to the tourney since 1991. 2008 also marked 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 eight of the last 12 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.