Gauchos Head to Twin Cities for Minnesota Classic

Brittney Rogers (Photo by Patrick Gee)
Brittney Rogers (Photo by Patrick Gee)

• This Week
Match No. 4
Minnesota Classic
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Minnesota Golden Gophers
At UM's Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium • St. Paul, Minn.
TV: BTN Plus

Match No. 5
Minnesota Classic
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Iowa Hawkeyes
At UM's Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium • St. Paul, Minn.

• The Gaucho Record
After opening the regular season with consecutive wins over the University of Idaho (3-0) and San Jose State (1-0), UC Santa Barbara dropped its only game last weekend, a 3-1 decision at No. 7 UCLA. 

• This Week's Opponents
UCSB will face a pair of Big Ten Conference foes at the Minnesota Classic in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 1 and Sept. 3. In their first game in the Twin Cities, the Gauchos will face the host University of Minnesota. The teams have met twice through the years with the Golden Gophers winning both times, including 3-0 in 2011, the last meeting. The game against the University of Iowa on Sunday will be the first between the schools.   

• UCSB Picked to Finish 3rd in Big West Preseason Poll
The Gauchos have been picked to finish third in the Big West in the annual poll of the league's coaches. UCSB earned 59 points in the poll. Long Beach State was picked to win the regular season crown as they were awarded eight of the nine first-place votes and totaled 78 points. Cal State Fullerton had 63 points and was picked second. UC Irvine received one first-place vote and had 54 points to finish fourth, five points behind the Gauchos. 

• Gibson Makes Her Shot Count
Junior midfielder Madeline Gibson scored her first goal of the season in UCSB's game at UCLA. Gibson's goal came in the second half on the Gauchos' only shot of the match. It was the Danville, Calif., native's fifth career goal and with an assist in the opening weekend, she now has a total of 18 career points, fourth among active players. Last year, Gibson scored two goals and led the team with six assists.

• Hromatko, Post Get Their First Points
Junior Mallory Hromatko and freshman Cate Post assisted on Madeline Gibson's goal against UCLA. For Hromatko, it was her first point of the year and the 35th of her career, second among active Gauchos. On the flipside, it was Post's first career assist and first career point.

• Lofty Goals
Through three matches, UCSB has alternated goalkeepers. Junior Brittney Rogers started in the opener against Idaho and then again on Sunday at UCLA. Graduate transfer Maddie Julian started the Aug. 20 game at San Jose State. In each of their first appearances, Rogers and Julian recorded shutouts with two and three saves respectively. Rogers had four saves and allowed three goals against the powerful Bruins, but considering they had scored five goals against San Diego State, five more against Long Beach State and four against nationally-ranked Santa Clara, three was a solid effort.   

• It's Déjà Vu for Ball
Amanda Ball scored three of UCSB's four goals in the first two matches of the 2017 season, both wins. The early-season heroics are nothing new for Ball. In 2016, the Gauchos began the year with a 3-2 win at Fresno State and then a 1-0 victory over St. Mary's. In the first match, the Chino Hills, Calif., native scored all three of the team's goals and in the second contest she tallied the lone score. For her efforts, she was named Big West Player of the Week. As a freshman in 2014, Ball also scored a goal in each of the team's first two matches, wins over Cleveland State and Southern Utah. In 2015, an injury kept her out until midseason, but when she did return, for the start of Big West Conference play, she scored in her first match at Hawai'i. 

• Ball Moves Up All-Time Scoring List
With three goals in the first three matches, Amanda Ball has now produced 20 goals and four assists in her career for a total of 44 points. The 44 points moves her into a tie with Lisa Jack (1983-84) for 15th in school history. Also, she is the 12th player in UCSB history to score 20 or more goals. Ball has done her damage in just 42 matches, the second fewest among players in the top-15.

• Ball, Hromatko Named to Preseason All-Big West Team
Senior forward Amanda Ball and junior midfielder Mallory Hromatko were each included on the 11-player preseason All-Big West Conference team. Ball had 10 goals and one assist for 21 points in her 16 games during the 2016 season and following the year she was selected First Team All-Big West. She was also a second team all-league selection following her sophomore season in 2015. Hromatko was an Honorable Mention All-Big West in 2016 after scoring four goals and a pair of assists for 10 points. In 2015, she was the league's Freshman of the Year and a first team all-conference honoree after scoring nine goals and six assists for 24 points. 

• Stumpf in His 19th Season
Head coach Paul Stumpf is in his 19th season at the helm of the UCSB women's soccer program. He has recorded more coaching victories than any coach in the history of the program with 171. His overall record is 171-149-39. Over the last two-plus seasons Stumpf has led the program to a 26-13-3 record. He is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, having earned the honor in 1999 and 2015.