Gauchos Look to Add to Winning Streak, Host Bakersfield Friday

Taylor Gehring (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Taylor Gehring (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
At UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
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Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at San Jose State Spartans
At SJSU's Spartan Soccer Field
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Gauchos Complete Homestand, Head North To San Jose
UCSB will complete its three-game homestand on Friday, Sept. 13 when it hosts Cal State Bakersfield in a non-conference match that kicks-off at 7:00 p.m.  The Gauchos will then go out on the road for a trio of games.  On Sunday, Sept. 15, they will play at San Jose State and then they will travel to Albuquerque for a Sept. 20 game against New Mexico and a Sept. 22 contest against Texas Tech.

The UCSB Record
The Gauchos will enter their match against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday with a record of 3-2-1 and a perfect 3-0-0 in home games.  UCSB will also bring a two-game winning streak into its match against the Roadrunners.

Gauchos Get Defensive At Home
UCSB has posted a perfect 3-0-0 record at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in 2013.  More than a perfect record, however, the Gauchos have barely been threatened.  Through three games they have outscored their opponents by a 4-0 count, outshot them by a margin of 40-16 and have a 17-2 advantage in shots on goal.  In the last game, a 1-0 win over Cincinnati, the Bearcats failed to record even a single shot on goal.

UCSB Keeps Its Head In The Games
The Gauchos won a pair of 1-0 games last weekend, defeating Pacific in overtime and Cincinnati in the final minutes of regulation.  Both games were won on headers.  The victory over Pacific came in the 94th-minute when Miranda Cornejo scored her first goal of the season off of a corner kick by Geneve Dromensk.  In Sunday's win over Cincy, Indiana Mead scored her first goal of the campaign on a header in the 88th-minute off of a cross from Madison Beckley.

Ritter Makes The Most Of Her Opportunity
Sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter barely stepped on the field as a freshman.  This year, as senior Makenna Henry battles an injury, she has been seamlessly inserted into the starting lineup three times.  In her three games, Ritter has gone 2-0-1 and recorded a 0.31 goals against average.  The only goal she has allowed came on Aug. 25 at Weber State, a game that finished tied at 1-1.  On Sept. 6 against Pacific, Ritter registered her first career win, a 1-0 decision in which she needed just one save

Indiana Paces The Way
Junior midfielder Indiana Mead played her best game of the season in the Gauchos 1-0 win over Cincinnati.  Not only did Mead score the game-winning goal against the Bearcats, she controlled the midfield for much of the match and finished with a team-high five shots, equaling the opponent's total.  Mead has now collected 13 shots this season, one fewer than team-leading Madison Beckley.

Defensive Anonymity
Defenders Taylor Gehring, Paige Gankema, Sydney Fuertes and Kailey Hackett have combined for precisely four shots, no goals and no assists in 2013, but the quartet has had as much to do with UCSB's success as any other facet of the team.  Combined, the defenders have allowed just six goals this season, four coming in a match at Southern Utah.  Through six outings, the Gauchos have allowed just 46 total shots, 7.7 per game, and 15 shots on goal, 2.5 per game.  Gehring, Paige Gankema and Fuertes have started all six while Hackett has started the last five after replacing Lindsay Gankema who was injured in the second half of the team's season opener against Fresno State.

The Stumpf File
Paul Stumpf is in his 15th season as the head coach of the UCSB women's program.  He is the school's all-time leader in coaching victories with 131.  Overall, Stumpf's career record is 131-120-34.