UCSB Takes 4-Game Winning Streak on the Road to UNM's Jack in the Box Classic

Beth Ritter (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Beth Ritter (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of New Mexico Lobos
At UNM's Soccer Complex
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Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 19 Texas Tech Red Raiders
At UNM's Robertson Field

Gauchos Travel to Albuquerque For Jack In The Box Classic
UCSB will remain on the road for two matches this weekend.  The Gauchos will play at the Jack in the Box Classic in Albuquerque where they will take on the host University of New Mexico on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) and then No. 19 Texas Tech on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).  They will return home on Sunday, Sept. 29 to host the University of Denver in an 11:00 a.m. match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  The Pioneers are ranked 14th in the nation.

The UCSB Record
The Gauchos will travel to New Mexico with a 5-2-1 overall record and a four-game winning streak.  UCSB won its first road game of the season on Sept. 15 when it blanked San Jose State, 2-0.

Gauchos' Streak Reaches Four
UCSB's winning streak has reached four games in a row, the program's longest stretch of consecutive wins since the 2009 team also won four in a row.  The last time the Gauchos put together a five-game winning streak was in 2003 when they had a pair.

More Streaking
Not only has Santa Barbara won four matches in a row, all four have been shutouts.  The last time a Gaucho team recorded four straight shutouts was in 1990 when they blanked Westmont, Cal, Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) and Stanford.  UCSB actually had two four-game shutout streaks in 1990.  The longest consecutive shutout streak in school history is six and was set in 19897 and 1989.

Gauchos Getting Defensive
In its last four matches, all wins, UCSB has allowed zero goals, a goals against average of 0.00.  That was easy to figure out.  In all, the Gauchos have allowed just six goals in their eight matches and the team has a combined 0.71 goals against average.  Also, of the six goals, four were scored by Southern Utah on Aug. 28 with the other seven opponents combining for just two goals.  In the last five matches, a stretch of 473 minutes, Santa Barbara has allowed just one goal – by Loyola Marymount in the 110th minute of a 1-0 overtime loss.  Finally, UCSB is a perfect 4-0 in home games in 2013, outscoring opponents 7-0.

Ritter Steps In And Steps It Up
Before this season, sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter had not entered a match for UCSB, but with senior starter Makenna Henry battling injuries, she has become a key cog in the starting lineup.  Ritter has responded in fine fashion.  In five starts, the Danville, Calif., native has allowed just one goal – in a 1-1 double overtime tie at Weber State – and she has recorded 13 saves.  Ritter enters the tournament at New Mexico with a paltry goals against average of 0.19, a hefty save percentage of .929, a sterling record of 4-0-1 and four straight shutouts.  In fact, she is the first Gaucho goalkeeper since Jan Urich in 1990 to register four consecutive shutouts.  On Sept. 15 at San Jose State, in a 2-0 win, Ritter had a career-high six saves.

Indiana Heats Up
Junior midfielder Indiana Mead was held without a goal or an assist through UCSB's first five games this season, but in the last three, all wins, she has started turning things around with two goals and one assist.  Mead's first goal of the year came in the 88th-minute of a 1-0 win over Cincinnati on Sept. 8 and her second came at San Jose State on Sept. 15.  She also assisted on Geneve Dromensk's first career goal against Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 13.

First Things First
UCSB's 3-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 13 was a night of firsts.  First goals, that is.  Junior Geneve Dromensk and freshman Dakota Griggs each scored their first career goals in the win over the Roadrunners.  

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 133.  Overall, Stumpf's career record is 133-120-34.