UCSB Puts Unbeaten String on the Line in Big West Opener Friday

Kelly McGrath (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule 
Friday, September 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. 
UCSB Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers

at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online: KCSB.org
Live Stats available at UCSBgauchos.com   
Live Stream available at Big West.org 

Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans

at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online: KCSB.org
Live Stats available at UCSBgauchos.com 
Live Stream available at Big West.org

Tickets Available
Tickets for all UCSB women's soccer games are available one hour prior to kick-off at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  They can also be purchased by calling 805-893-UCSB, by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or by clicking here

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Friday night Big West opener against Long Beach State with a record of 5-5-2  The Gauchos posted a 1-1 time in their last outing, a Sept. 25 game at Cal State Bakersfield and they are unbeaten in three straight.  The last time UCSB played a home game on Sept. 18, it recorded a 1-0 win over Nevada. 

• This Week
When Santa Barbara opens Big West play against Long Beach State, it will be a match-up of the last three Big West Tournament winners.  In 2010, the 49ers defeated UC Irvine for the conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  UCSB won the league tournament crown in 2008 and 2009.  The Gauchos will also host Cal State Fullerton on Sunday in an afternoon game.

UCSB Unbeaten In Three Straight...It Had Been A While
UCSB needed a second half goal to record a 1-1 tie at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday and in doing so, extended its unbeaten streak to three in a row.  Prior to the tie against the Roadrunners, the Gauchos posted 1-0 wins over Nevada and at San Diego State.  The current three-game unbeaten string is the longest since UCSB's longest since it opened the 2010 season with a 3-0 record.

Gimme Shelton
The Rolling Stones have a great tune callled "Gimme Shelter" and these days, Gaucho head coach Paul Stumpf has a tune of his own and it could easily be called "Gimme Shelton."  In each of the last two games, sophomore Erica Shelton, who splits time between forward and midfield, has scored UCSB's only goals.  Her late penalty kick score on Sept. 21 at San Diego State gave the Gauchos a 1-0 road win over the Aztecs and her second half tally at Cal State Bakersfield helped them salvage a 1-1 tie to extend their unbeaten streak to three.  The goals were the first two of the season for Shelton, a Bakersfield native.  She now has three in her one-plus season in Santa Barbara.  For her efforts. Shelton was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the first UCSB player to win a weekly award in 2011.

• Number One, Number One, Number One...
The Beatles had a song called "Revolution Number Nine."  The tune pretty much repeated the two words "number nine" over and over.  In sticking with the rock 'n roll theme, Paul Stumpf could easily be forgiven if he penned a piece called "Revolution Number One."  UCSB has scored exactly one goal in three straight games, four of the last five and seven times in 12 contests this year.  As a testament to the team's defense, the Gauchos have actually won three of the one-goal games and tied two others.

After The Aberration 
UCSB's normally stellar defense went on the fritz for a pair of matches, granted they were against nationally-ranked Pepperdine and Michigan State, but still, a Gaucho team rarely gives up seven goals over a two-game stretch.  Well, in the last three, the defense has caught its second wind, allowing just one goal over a 290 minute span.  In the last three, UCSB has outshot the opposition, 49-15.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 13th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 121-100-31. His 121 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.