Gauchos Travel South to Play CSUN Thursday

Lynsee Voss (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Lynsee Voss (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Match No. 14
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors
All-time record: UCSB leads 15-8-0
Last meeting: Oct. 6, 2016 at Santa Barbara – CSUN 1, UCSB 0 (OT)
Current streak: CSUN, 3 wins
At CSUN's Matador Soccer Field • Northridge, Calif.
Video Stream: BigWest.tv
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com 

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enter the week with a record of 4-6-3 overall and 0-2-0 in the Big West. Last week, the Gauchos dropped a pair of Big West Conference home matches by identical scores, falling 4-1 to UC Riverside on Friday and UC Irvine on Sunday. Since opening the season with a 3-1-0 record, Santa Barbara has gone 1-5-3.

• This Week's Opponent
UCSB continues Big West play on the road at Cal State Northridge. The Matadors will enter the game with a 4-4-4 overall record and an 0-1-0 record in league games. Last weekend, CSUN dropped its first game of the conference season, a 3-0 decision at Cal State Fullerton. In 2017, the Matador wins have come against Houston, Utah Valley, Eastern Washington and Grand Canyon. In addition to their wins, they also had an impressive 0-0 tie at No. 16 Colorado. On the year, they have scored 10 goals in their 12 matches, but they have allowed just 15. CSUN is led in scoring by Marissa Favela who has four goals and two assists for 10 points. 

• Ball Moves Up All-Time Scoring List
With eight goals and two assists in the first 13 matches, Amanda Ball has now produced 25 goals and six assists in her career for a total of 56 points. The 56 points are the 13th most in school history. Ball scored a goal in four consecutive games at one point this season, but she has not scored one in any of the last four matches. She has, however, produced a pair of assists over that span, including one in the last game against UC Irvine. 

• Gauchos Score Season-High Four Goals in Win Over Denver
One match after suffering their second shutout of the season, the Gauchos scored a season-high four goals in a win over Denver University. UCSB scored two goals in the first half of the victory and two in the second half. The previous high of three goals in a match came against Idaho on Aug. 18 in the season opener. 

• Maurer Emerges as Offensive Option
Freshman Christine Maurer didn't record her first point as a collegiate soccer player until she assisted on the team's lone goal in a 1-1 tie at Grand Canyon on Sept. 7. Maurer scored her first career goal on Sept. 15 in a 2-2 tie against the University of the Pacific. She added two more in a Sept. 4 win over Denver and then, on Oct. 1 against UC Irvine, she scored UCSB's only goal. The Temecula, Calif., native now ranks second on the team with four goals and nine total points. She has played in all 13 matches and has started six of the last seven. Maurer's four goals are the most by a Gaucho freshman since Mallory Hromatko scored nine in 2015. 

• She's the Voss
Sophomore Lynsee Voss, a transfer from the University of San Diego, has taken over the team-lead with three assists and, in addition, she scored her first goal as a Gaucho in the Sept. 29 game against UC Riverside. Voss now has one goal and three assists for five points. She has played in all 13 contests, starting nine. 

• Defense Goes Missing in Big West Opening Weekend
UCSB entered the first weekend of Big West Conference play having allowed just 12 goals in 11 matches. The Gauchos finished the weekend having allowed 20 goals in 13 matches. UC Riverside and UC Irvine each scored four goals in their respective wins at Harder Stadium. To be fair, UCSB trailed UCR just 2-1 before the Highlanders scored a pair of late goals to double their output. In the two games, the Gauchos actually outshot their opponents 22-17 overall, but 14 of the 17 shots that Riverside and Irvine took were on goal. On the flipside, Santa Barbara had just eight shots on frame in the two defeats. 

• Something Foul is Afoot
The imbalance in fouls that occurred in UCSB's Oct. 1 game against UC Irvine was, according to our research, the greatest in recent school history. The Gauchos were whistled for 17 fouls in the game while the Anteaters were cited just twice. At one point, the difference was 15-1. In the previous game, Sept. 29 vs. UC Riverside, Santa Barbara was also called for 17 fouls while the Highlanders had eight. In all, the difference over the last two matches has been 34-10. On the season, UCSB has collected 144 fouls to its opponents 103, a difference of 3.2 per match. 

• Starters From the Start
UCSB has four players on its roster that have started each of the 13 matches this season. Forwards Amanda Ball and Mallory Hromatko, midfielder Chace Schornstein and defender Sophia Dertorossian have each been in the starting lineup for every contest this season. Defender Kate Shoemaker started the first 12 matches but sat out the last contest with an injury. Two other Gauchos – midfielder Sydney Magnin and defender Amaya Zabalza – have each started 10 matches. Lynsee Voss has made nine starts.