Ortega and Henry Garner Preseason Big West Honors

Big West Preseason All-Conference Team and Coaches' Poll

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. –
Senior midfielder Erin Ortega and junior goalkeeper Makenna Henry have been named to the 12-player Big West Preseason All-Conference Team it was announced today by the league.

Ortega started every game during the 2011 campaign, posting three goals and two assists for eight total points. Henry also played in all 20 games during her sophomore campaign, compiling 68 saves for a .723 saves percentage. She also posted five shutouts.

In the Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was also released today, the Gauchos were predicted to place fifth in the conference with 53 points. Long Beach State was picked first with 99 points and nine of 10 first-place votes while UC Irvine was second with 86 points and the remaining first-place pick. Cal State Fullerton (71 points) and Cal State Northridge (69 points) were picked third and fourth, respectively.

The Gauchos open the 2012 season on Aug. 11 when they visit cross-town foe Westmont for a 5 pm match. UCSB will host its home opener on Friday, Aug. 24 against Illinois at 7 pm. To purchase tickets, visit the Athletics Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here to buy online.