Aug. 20, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman forward Victoria Thomas poked home a crossing pass from junior forward Kailyn Kugler late in the first half on Thursday night as the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team blanked visiting Westmont College in an exhibition game, 1-0.
At the 41:04 mark, from the right side of the penalty box, drove a sharp cross through a crowd in front of the net. Thomas one-timed a shot that got past Warriors' goalkeeper Roxanne Love for the only goal of the contest.
Thomas's shot on goal was just one of three for UCSB in the game. Defensively, however, the Gauchos were never threatened as Westmont had just two shots, neither of which was on goal.
Goalkeepers Ali Cutler (45:00), Tammy Lenham (36:53), and Taylor Gonzalez (8:07) combined for the shutout. Gaucho defenders Nicole Romanowski, Julia Speace, Alyssa Oldham, Alexa Stringer, Kathleen Matthew, and Alyssa Benjamin played a key role in the shutout.
Besides the goal by Thomas, the only other Santa Barbara player to record a shot on goal was junior Kylie McDonald who had a pair.
The game, which will not count in UCSB's record, opened the season for a team that has been picked by the Big West coaches to win the league in 2009.
A challenging regular season opens on Sunday when the Gauchos travel north to play at 19th-ranked Santa Clara in a 1:00 p.m. game. They remain on the road the following weekend to play at Nevada and Sacramento State. The home opener will be on Sept. 3 when UCSB hosts powerful Michigan State.
Tickets for all UCSB women's soccer games are available from the Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or on-line by clicking here.
Women's soccer fans, new this year, donations to The Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the "One Donation is Gold" system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.
If you donate to women's soccer, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Gold Zone (priority/premium seats) at Harder Stadium for men's soccer, which includes priority parking and cushioned chair-backed seating. No longer will separate donations need to be made to secure priority seating to different UCSB sports. One donation, one fund: The Gaucho Fund.
Season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season are on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.