UCSB Opens Big West Season This Weekend, Hosts UC Davis, Pacific

Indiana Mead (Photo by James Colon)
Indiana Mead (Photo by James Colon)

This Week
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at vs. UC Davis Aggies
At UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online Broadcast • Video Stream • Live Stats

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. the University of the Pacific Tigers
At UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Online Broadcast • Video Stream • Live Stats 

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Gauchos Open Big West Conference Play
The UCSB women's soccer team will open Big West Conference play this weekend with a pair of matches.  On Friday night, the Gauchos host UC Davis in a 7:00 p.m. contest and on Sunday, they will play Pacific in a matinee that till kick-off at noon.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB will enter its Friday night conference opener against UC Davis with a record of 3-6-1.  Since opening the season with a record of 0-3, the Gauchos have gone 3-3-1.  After entering last weekend with a three-game winning streak, they dropped a pair to nationally-ranked opponents, falling 2-0 to No. 22 Pepperdine on Friday and then 3-1 to No. 17 San Diego State on Sunday.

UCSB's Dwindling Home Schedule
After this weekend's pair of home games, the Gauchos will make only two more appearances at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium and will play five of their last seven games on the road.  On Oct. 12, Santa Barbara will host Hawaii and on Oct. 14 it plays Cal State Northridge, closing out the home slate.

Feder Makes Her Presence Known
Freshman midfielder Sara Feder was the Colorado State High School Player of the Year after her senior season at Cherry Creek High School in Denver.  In her first season at UCSB, she is emerging as one of the team's biggest offensive threats.  In last weekend's match against No. 17 San Diego State, Feder scored the Gauchos' only goal and it was her second of the season, tying her for the team-lead.  In addition to her two goals, she has taken over the team-lead in shots with 22, eight of which have been on frame, the second most.

On The Offensive
After being shutout in four of their first five matches this season, the Gauchos have scored in four of five.  They tallied a season-high three goals in a Sept. 14 win over San Francisco and two in a Sept. 116 win over Weber State.  In the last five outings, UCSB has scored seven goals, a stark contrast to the one goal through the first five matches.

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 eight goals, four have been scored by freshmen, three by sophomores and one by a junior.  Freshman Sara Feder and sophomore Miranda Cornejo are the only players to have scored multiple goals, they each have a pair.  Also, six of the team's nine assists have been recorded by freshmen (three) and sophomores (three).  Sophomore Indiana Mead leads the team with a pair of assists.

Twin Engines
Junior Lindsay Gankema has been a Gaucho starter since day one this season.  Junior Paige Gankema, after coming off the bench at the outset of the season, has started the last seven matches.  The twin sisters are part of a solid UCSB defensive unit that, until Sunday's match against No. 17 San Diego State, had not allowed more than two goals in any match this season.  In 10 contests in 2012, the Gauchos have allowed more than one goal five times and one or fewer five times.