Gauchos Eye Big West Tourney Berth, Travel to UC Davis for Regular Season Finalé

Geneve Dromensk (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Geneve Dromensk (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Davis Aggies
On Aggie Field at UC Davis

Gauchos Travel North For Final Regular Season Game
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team will travel to UC Davis for its final regular season game of the 2013 season. The Gauchos remain alive for a bid to the Big West Tournament, which will be played next week at Cal State Fullerton.

UCSB Still Alive In Race For Big West Tournament
UCSB enters its game at UC Davis with an overall record of 9-8-1 and a Big West Conference mark of 3-4-0, good for nine points in the standings. The Gauchos will need some help to get into the league tournament, but it is not impossible. They enter the game against the Aggies tied for fourth-place with Long Beach State and UC Riverside. The 49ers and Highlanders meet at Long Beach on Sunday. If Santa Barbara wins, it will need either a Riverside win or a tie to earn the No. 4 seed. If UCSB and Long Beach each win, the 49ers win the tiebreaker by virtue of their head-to-head win. If the Gauchos and Highlanders are tied, the Gauchos have the tiebreaker. Also, Cal State Fullerton has 11 points and is in the number three slot at the moment. The Titans play at UC Irvine, which is and will remain No. 2. If the Anteaters defeat Fullerton, then a Gaucho win, which would lift them to 12 points, would get them into the tournament, regardless of what happens between Long Beach and Riverside. A loss by UCSB would end its season. Got all that?

Gauchos Could Be A Bit Healthier For Finale
The Gauchos might be a little healthier for their game at UC Davis. Starting attacking midfielder Indiana Mead may return after missing three matches with a sprained ankle. Mead has two goals and two assists in her 15 games this season and would make a significant difference. 

Net Gains For The Gauchos
With nine wins overall, UCSB has four more victories than it had during the entire 2012 season.  Last year, the Gauchos went 5-12-2 overall and 2-6-1 in the Big West. The three league wins and nine points this season surpass their totals of two wins and seven points last season. In terms of scoring, Santa Barbara scored 19 goals in its 19 matches in 2012 and has 21 in 18 this season. Even more significant is the other side of the ledger. Last season, UCSB allowed opponents to score 29 goals, this season they've allowed just 16 through the first 18 matches.

Zeroing In On Victory
UCSB has nine victories in 2013 and all nine have come by way of shutout.  Never, in school history have the Gauchos won all of their games with shutouts.  In the nine wins, they have outscored their opponents 14-0.

Playing It Close To The Vest
The Gauchos have outscored their opponents 21-16 in 2013. Of the 16 goals that they have allowed, four came in a freakish 4-3 loss at Southern Utah back on Aug. 28, the only game in which they have allowed more than two goals. In the other 17 games, UCSB has allowed its opposition to score just 12 goals, an average of 0.71 per outing. Also, of the eight losses suffered by the Gauchos, seven have been decided by just one goal. The only exception was a 2-0 loss to Texas Tech, which is currently ranked 18th by the NSCAA. 

Ariniello, Beckley Battle For Scoring Crown
Senior forward Allie Ariniello and junior forward Madison Beckley are tied for the team-lead in goals with five and points with 13. Each player also has three assists, tied for second on the team. Ariniello is one of five players on the team to start all 18 games this season and one of just three (Paige Gankema and Taylor Gehring are the others) to start all 18. She entered her senior campaign without a goal in her career, but she's made the most of good health and opportunity. Beckley has played in 17 games and started five. A transfer from Ohio State, she has remained relatively healthy in her second year with the Gauchos and that has made a difference. Junior midfielder Geneve Dromensk leads the team in assists with four.

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 137.  Overall, Stumpf's career record is 137-126-34.