UCSB Tries to Get Back on Track, Travels South This Weekend

Makenna Henry (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Makenna Henry (Photo by Tony Mastres)

The Schedule 
Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. 
UCSB Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters

at UCI's Anteater Stadium
Live Stats available at UCSBgauchos.com

Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors

at CSUN's Matador Soccer Field
Live Stats available at UCSBgauchos.com

• Plenty Of Tickets Available
UCSB will return home mfor two of its final four games.  On Oct. 16, the Gauchos host UC Riverside in a game that will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. and on Oct. 28, they host Cal Poly in a 7:00 p.m. contest.  Tickets to all UCSB home soccer games, as well Gaucho basketball season tickets, are available from 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 Big West game at UC Irvine with an overall record of 5-7-2 and a Big West record of 0-2.  The Gauchos dropped their first two Big West games last weekend, losing to Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton by identical 2-1 scores in overtime. 

This Week
UCSB will try to get back on track this weekend when it travels to 24th-ranked UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge.  The Anteaters are the defending Big West regular season champion and went to the Sweet 16 in 2010.  

Not A Memory They Wanted To Relive
The Gauchos entered the opening weekend of the Big West schedule with a three-game unbeaten streak, their longest since opening the 2010 campaign with a 3-0 record.  UCSB completed its first weekend of league play with a collective broken heart.  On Friday night, the Gauchos battled Long Beach State to a 1-1 tie through regulation, but less than a minute into the first overtime period, a handball in the box resulted in a successful penalty kick for the 49ers.  Less than 48 hours later, Santa Barbara scored a goal late to take a 1-0 lead over Cal State Fullerton only to see the Titans tie the score in the 89th-minute, sending the game to overtime.  In the overtime, history repeated itself.  Just three minutes in, UCSB was whistled for a, you guessed it, a handball in the box, resulting in a successful Titan penalty kick.

Injury Bug Bites Hard...Again
Last week, sophomore midfielder Erica Shelton was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.  On Friday, when her teammates took the field to play Long Beach State, she was in a knee brace with a season-ending knee injury.  She went to the sideline tied for second on the team with two goals and tied for the team-lead with two assists.  In addition to Shelton, UCSB has lost senior midfielder Cory Yoshida for the season, also to a knee injury.  While Yoshida had just one goal on the year, she was generally considered one of the team's most integral midfielder.   

One Is The Loneliest Number
The Gauchos have a thing for one-goal games.  UCSB has scored exactly one goal in each of its last five games, six of the last seven and nine times in 14 overall.  The Gauchos scored a season-high three goals one time, a Sept. 2 win over Fresno State, but they have not scored two in a game and they have been shutout three times.  In all, they have scored 14 goals in 14 games.

Home, Not So Sweet Home
UCSB has struggled at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in 2011.  While the Gauchos have a respectable 3-1-2 record in games away from home, they have gone 2-6-0 in home games.  Of the six losses, five have come by one goal and three came against nationally-ranked opponents.  Taking the whole one-goal margins even further, both of Santa Barbara's home wins have come by one-goal as well.

Oh, Henry!
Sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Henry did her part to keep UCSB in its games last weekend.  She had three saves in the overtime loss to Long Beach and six in the OT defeat to Cal State Fullerton.  She allowed just a pair of goals in the run of play, the other two coming on penalty kicks, and she was outstanding coming off her line and defending on corner kicks.  Henry has played every minute of every match for the Gauchos this season.  She enters the week with 1.31 goals against average and 40 saves. 

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 13th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 121-102-31. 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.