Gauchos Put Three-Game Streak on the Line at. No. 20 Pepperdine, vs. No. 17 SDSU

Kelly McGrath (Photo by James Colon)
Kelly McGrath (Photo by James Colon)

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at No. 20 Pepperdine University Waves
At Pepperdine's Tari Frahm Rokus Field

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 17 San Diego State Aztecs
At UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
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Let's Play Two
The Gauchos Sunday afternoon match against 17th-ranked San Diego State is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m., but that is a ballpark figure.  UCSB's game will be the second of a twinbill.  The third-ranked Gaucho men's team will play a noon match against Harvard and there will be 30 minutes between games.  Start time for the women's match will more than likely be closer to 2:15 p.m.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Friday afternoon match against No. 20 Pepperdine with a record of 3-4-1.  Since opening the season with a record of 0-3, the Gauchos have gone 3-1-1.

Getting Streaky
The Gauchos have won three games in a row to improve their overall record to 3-4-1.  Last year the team's longest winning streak was two consecutive games.  The last time UCSB won three games in succession was in 2010 when it opened the year at 3-0.

Getting Offensive…Finally
After four matches in 2012, the Gauchos had scored a total of one goal.  They added a second goal in their first win of the season, 1-0 at Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 10 to push the total to two goals in five outings.  On Friday night against San Francisco, UCSB exploded for three goals in a 16 minute stretch in the first half, eclipsing the previous season total for goals by one.  With two more scores in a 2-1 win over Weber State, the Gauchos now have eight goals in eight matches, six of them coming in the last three.

Paige Gankema Honored
Paige Gankema's first career goal in a 1-0 win at Cal State Bakersfield, and her generally solid play as a defender as UCSB won three straight matches, earned her the Big West Defensive Player of the Week honor for the week ending Sept. 16.  Gankema, who is joined defensively by her twin sister Lindsay, averaged 85 minutes per game as the Gauchos allowed just two goals in the three victories.  She became the second Santa Barbara player in three weeks to win the honor, joining goalkeeper Makenna Henry who was honored two weeks ago.

Youth Makes Its Points
UCSB began the season with 21 sophomores and freshmen on its roster of 30, so it isn't that surprising that the group has recorded the majority of the team's goals and assists through eight matches.  Of the team's seven goals, three have been scored by freshmen, three by sophomores and one by a junior.  Sophomore Miranda Cornejo is the only player to have scored multiple goals, she has two.  Also, four of the team's seven assists have been recorded by freshmen (two) and sophomores (two).  Sophomore Indiana Mead leads the team with a pair of assists.

Keeping It Small
UCSB has allowed nine goals in eight matches this season and as a team, which means junior Makenna Henry, they have a goals against average of 1.08.  The Gauchos have allowed two goals or fewer in all eight matches this season and one or fewer in five.  They have recorded a pair of shutouts.  IN the last five games, Santa Barbara has allowed just four goals and both shutouts came during that span.

A Shooting Edge
Through six games this season, the Gauchos were being outshot by their opponents.  In the last two games, however, they have taken 34 shots to 19 by the opposition and, as a team, UCSB has more shots than its opponents, if just barely, 103-100.  The opponents still hold an edge in shots on goal, 49-45.