UCSB Continue Homestand With Pacific Friday, LMU Sunday

Chace Schornstein (Photo by Patrick Gee)
Chace Schornstein (Photo by Patrick Gee)

• This Week
Match No. 8
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
At UCSB's Harder Stadium • Santa Barbara, Calif.
Video Stream: BigWest.tv

Match No. 9
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Loyola Marymount Lions
At UCSB's Harder Stadium • Santa Barbara, Calif.
Video Stream: BigWest.tv 

• Gauchos on BigWest.tv
Beginning with Friday's game against Pacific, the remaining UCSB home games will be streamed live on BigWest.tv with Gerry Fall, the Voice of the Gauchos calling the play-by-play. 

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enter the week with a record of 3-3-1. Last week, the Gauchos battled triple-digit heat to post a 1-1 tie at Grand Canyon and then, on Sunday, they allowed two goals in the final eight minutes and fell to Fresno State, 2-1. Since opening the season at 2-0, they have gone 1-3-1. 

• UCSB-LMU Game Time Moved to 5:30
The UCSB-Loyola Marymount game has officially been moved from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17. The contest was switched to accommodate a recently added men's match against the Mexico's Club America U-20 team. 

• Gauchos Play 5 of Next 6 at Home
Its home loss to Fresno State on Sept. 10 marked the beginning of a stretch that will see UCSB play six of seven games at Harder Stadium. The run continues this weekend when the Gauchos play a pair of opponents from the West Coast Conference. On Friday, they will host Pacific and on Sunday Loyola Marymount comes to town. Both matches begin at 5:30 p.m. After a Sept. 22 road game at Pepperdine, UCSB returns home to host Denver (Sept. 24), UC Riverside (Sept. 29) and UC Irvine (Oct. 1).

• This Week's Opponents
UCSB will host former Big West foe Pacific on Friday evening at Harder Stadium. The Tigers, who have lost two straight and four of their last five, will enter the match with a 2-5-1 record. Their wins this season have come at Hawai'i and home against Portland. They also battled CSUN to a 1-1 time. The programs have met 21 times dating back to 1995 and the Gauchos have won four straight and hold an all-time edge of 10-6-5. Sunday's opponent, Loyola Marymount is 4-1-2 on the year and will play at USC on Friday night. The Lions only loss came at No. 21 Rutgers in their first match of the season. Since that opening loss, they have gone 4-0-2 and have recorded wins over No. 17 Utah, Big West-favorite Long Beach State, Purdue and Columbia. UCSB has struggled against LMU, having gone 2-6-3 in the series. Last season, the teams battled to a double-overtime scoreless tie. The previous two meetings were both one-goal victories for the Lions, each coming in the second overtime. The last Gaucho win in the series came on Aug. 31, 2007 and the final was 1-0.

• Late Goals Prove Costly to UCSB
In each of its last two games, a 1-1 tie at Grand Canyon and a 2-1 loss to Fresno State, UCSB has fallen victim to late goals. In the game at GCU, the Gauchos held a 1-0 lead into the 71st minute before the Antelopes tied things up. Against the Bulldogs, Santa Barbara held a 1-0 lead in the 85th minute before watching the visitors score a pair of goals in the final 5:21 to seize the game.   

• Unbalanced Attack
Through the first seven games of the 2017 season, UCSB has scored eight goals. Senior Amanda Ball has tallied six of the eight, including the last three. The only other Gauchos to score a goal this season are senior Chace Schornstein and junior Madeline Gibson. Schornstein scored her goal in the season-opener against Idaho and Gibson tallied hers in the Aug. 27 loss at UCLA. Finally, Ball has scored the game-winner in each of Santa Barbara's three victories.

• Ball Moves Up All-Time Scoring List
With six goals in the first seven matches, Amanda Ball has now produced 23 goals and four assists in her career for a total of 50 points. The 50 points are good for 14th in school history. Also, her 23 career goals are ranked tied for 10th all-time.

• UCSB Records Program First vs. Big Ten
When the Gauchos edged the University of Minnesota on Sept. 1, it was the program's first-ever road win against a Big Ten opponent. In past years, UCSB had lost matches at Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan State without recording a victory. The Gauchos did post a tie at Wisconsin on Sept. 29, 1990. 

• 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 172. Stumpf's overall record is 172-151-40. He is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, having earned the honor in 1999 and 2015. 

• UCSB Picked to Finish 3rd in Big West Preseason Poll
The Gauchos were 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. Big West play will begin on Sept. 29 when UCSB hosts UC Riverside.