UCSB Travels to Hawai'i Thursday Before Returning Home to Host Long Beach Sunday

Mallory Hromatko (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Mallory Hromatko (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Match No. 15
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine
At UH's Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium
All-time record: UCSB leads 7-4-0
Last meeting: Oct. 2, 2016 at Santa Barbara – UCSB 3, UH 2
Current streak: UCSB, 3 wins
Live Stats: Hawaiiathletics.com

Match No. 16
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
At UCSB's Harder Stadium
All-time record: LBSU leads 15-10-1
Last meeting: Oct. 30, 2016 at Long Beach – LBSU 1, UCSB 0
Current streak: LBSU, 7 wins
Video Stream: BigWest.TV
Live Stats: UCSBGauchos.com
Tickets: UCSBGauchos.com

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enter the week with a record of 4-6-4 overall and 0-2-1 in the Big West. Last week, the Gauchos played just one match, a 1-1 double overtime tie at CSUN on Oct. 5. Since opening the season with a 3-1-0 record, Santa Barbara has gone 1-5-4. 

• This Week's Opponent
UCSB continues Big West play on the road at Hawai'i on Thursday. The Rainbow Wahine will enter the match the a 5-7 overall record and a 0-3 record in the Big West Conference. Since opening the year with a pair of wins at home, they have gone 3-7, including three straight conference losses. Their league defeats came at UC Davis and Long Beach State and at home against UC Irvine. UH is led by forward Sonest Furtado who has four goals and three assists for 11 points. Raisa Strom-Okimoto has three goals and seven points. Long Beach State enters its Friday night match at Cal Poly with a 7-4-2 overall record and a 1-1-1 mark in the Big West Conference. The 49ers were picked by the league's coaches to win the conference title but since opening the season with a win over UH, they played a scoreless tie with UC Irvine and lost 2-0 at home to Cal State Fullerton. LBSU is paced by midfielder Tori Bolden who has three goals and three assists for nine points. The 49ers have five other players that have scored two goals apiece. 

• Gauchos Record First Point in League Play
After going winless in the first weekend of Big West Conference games, UCSB battled to a 1-1 tie at CSUN on Oct. 5 and, as a result, collected its first point in the league standings. Through the first two weekends of the year, the Gauchos are in seventh-place out of the nine teams. They trail Long Beach and CSUN by three points, those teams are tied for fifth. UCSB is five points back of Cal state Fullerton and UC Davis, both of which have six points.

• Maurer's Emergence Continues in Tie at CSUN
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 another on Oct. 1 against UC Irvine. The Temecula, Calif., native also scored the team's lone goal in its Oct. 5 tie at Cal State Northridge. Maurer now ranks second on the team with five goals and 11 total points. All 11 of her points have come in the last nine matches, the five goals have come in the last seven matches and the last four have come in the last four contests. Her goal total is the most by a UCSB freshman since Mallory Hromatko scored nine in 2015. 

• Ball Moves Up All-Time Scoring List
With eight goals and two assists in the first 15 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 five matches. In fact, in the last match, a 1-1 tie at CSUN, she was without a shot for the third time this season. Ball has, however, produced a pair of assists the last five matches.

• Fit to be Tied
Through its first 14 games this season, UCSB has walked off the field with four ties, equaling the school's second highest total ever. The Gaucho program also had four times in 2007 and 2003. The school record of six ties came in 2006.

• Goalkeepers Split the Minutes…Literally
Gaucho goalkeepers Maddie Julian and Brittney Rogers have split time between the posts this season…literally. Julian and Rogers have each started seven matches in 2017 and each has played precisely 670 minutes. In her time, Julian has allowed nine goals and produced 20 saves for a goals against average of 1.21 and a save percentage of .690. Rogers, who started most of the 2016 season, has had 21 saves, a goals against average of 1.61 and a save percentage of .636. 

• In a Foul Mood
UCSB committed nine fouls in its 1-1 tie at CSUN on Oct. 5. For the Gauchos, nine fouls in 110 minutes was a major improvement over the 17 fouls they had in each of their previous two games. On Oct. 1 against UC Irvine, they had 17 fouls as compared to the Anteaters two and one game earlier, against UC Riverside, they had a 17-8 margin. The 15-foul imbalance against UCI was, according to our research, the greatest in recent program history. In all, UCSB has 153 fouls in 2017 while its opposition has been whistled just 108 times.

• Starters From the Start
UCSB has four players on its roster that have started each of the 14 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 has started 13 matches. Two other Gauchos – midfielder Sydney Magnin and defender Amaya Zabalza – have each started 11 matches.

• 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 173. Stumpf's overall record is 173-154-43. He is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, having earned the honor in 1999 and 2015.