Gauchos Host 19th-Ranked Denver in Final Non-Conference Tune-Up

Photo Tony Mastres
Photo Tony Mastres

This Week
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 19 University of Denver Pioneers
At UCSB's Meredith Field
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Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
Note: Match will be followed by UCSB men's match vs. Cal State Fullerton
At UCSB's Meredith Field
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Tickets Available For All Gaucho Home Games
Tickets are available for all UCSB home games and can be purchased in person from the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, by telephone at 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here. They can also be purchased beginning one hour before kick-off from the ticket booth at Harder Stadium.

Gauchos Host No. 19 Denver Before Opening Big West Play
UCSB will host the University of Denver on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11:00 a.m. in its final non-conference skirmish of the season.  The match against the 19th-ranked Pioneers will be the second in a row against a nationally-ranked opponent.  The Gauchos will begin Big West Conference action on Friday, Oct. 4 when they welcome UC Irvine to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium for a 5:00 p.m. contest which will precede the men's game league opener against Cal State Fullerton.

UCSB Surpasses 2012 Win Total
Santa Barbara enters its final non-league game with a 6-3-1 record.  The six wins are one more than the Gauchos had in all of 2012.  They had a five-game winning streak ended in their last game, a 2-0 loss to 17th-ranked Texas Tech at the Jack in the Box Classic in Albuquerque.  The five-game winning streak, all by way of shutout, was the team's longest since 2003.

Home Sweet Home
UCSB will put a perfect 4-0 record on the line when it hosts Denver on Sunday morning.  The Gauchos are not only 4-0 at Harder Stadium, but they have outscored their opponents (Fresno State, Pacific, Cincinnati and Cal State Bakersfield) by a combined 7-0.

Shutout Streak Was Longest In A While
UCSB's streak of five consecutive shutouts was the third longest in program history and the longest since 1989.  The Gauchos had six-game shutout strings in 1987 and 1989. 

Showing Some Offensive Life
There are no two ways about it, the Gauchos had offensive issues in 2012.  In 19 matches, they scored just 19 goals and 10 of those scores came in three of the matches, leaving just nine others to be spread over the other 16.  This year, through the first 10 games, UCSB has scored 15 goals, an average of 1.5 per outing, and has been shutout just twice.  Also, after being outscored 29-19 last season, the Gauchos have outscored their opponents in 2013 by a 15-8 count.

Ritter Continues To Shine In Relief
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 six starts, the Danville, Calif., native has allowed just three goals – including two wind-aided scores by No. 17 Texas Tech in Albuquerque – and she has recorded 20 saves.  Ritter enters Sunday's game against Denver with a miniscule goals against average of 0.41 and a solid save percentage of .870.  Prior to allowing the two goals against Texas Tech, she had produced five straight shutouts, the longest streak by a Gaucho goalkeeper since Jan Urich had six straight in 1989.

Indiana Heats Up
Before going scoreless in UCSB's 2-0 loss to Texas Tech, junior midfielder Indiana Mead had scored at least point in four straight games with two goals and two assists over that span.  When headed-home the game-winning goal on Sept. 8 against Cincinnati, it ended a stretch of five-straight scoreless games for Mead to open the season.  In those first five games, the Boulder City, Nev. Native totaled just eight shots but in her last five, she has tad 11.

Spreading The Wealth
Senior Allie Ariniello and junior Madison Beckley have each scored three goals, the most by any Gaucho player.  Three others, Indiana Mead, Angelisa Cortez and Morgan Idso have each scored twice.  In all, eight different UCSB players have scored at least one goal through the first 10 games of 2013.  Last season, in 19 contests, nine different players scored goals. 

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 134.  Overall, Stumpf's career record is 134-121-34.