October 23, 2009

Gauchos Roll to Fifth-Straight Big West Win, 4-1 at UC Davis

Oct. 23, 2009

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara scored three goals in the first 9:28 on Friday afternoon en route to a 4-1 win at UC Davis. It was the Gauchos fifth straight win in Big West Conference play, moving them into a tie with Cal Poly for first-place. The Mustangs play at Pacific Friday night.

"I said in the preseason that this team could do something like that," said head coach Paul Stumpf referring to the three goals in a six-minute span. "It was a pleasant surprise to finally do it."

UCSB (8-8-1 overall, 5-1 in the Big West) jumped out in front of Davis (6-8-1 overall, 1-5-0 in the Big West) 1-0 at the 3:50 mark when sophomore Cory Yoshida scored on a header off of pass from junior Kylie McDonald. The goal was Yoshida's first of the season.

"Cory's goal was the result of a very good service from Kylie," said Stumpf. "She (Yoshida) took advantage and got us going."

Less than three minutes later, at 6:49, it was junior forward Kailyn Kugler's turn as she took a feed from sophomore Alissa Sanches and found the back of the net from about 10 yards out on the right side. The score was Kugler's ninth of the season and seventh in the last six games. In fact, she has now scored at least one goal in five of the last six outings.

"Kugler was posting-up and got a quality ball at her feet," said Stumpf. "She turned one way and then the other, and on her second touch she started to fall back, but somehow she got the ball in."

The Gauchos made it 3-0 in the 10th minute, and this time it was Kugler's turn to setup at teammate. Sophomore Katy Roby took Kugler's pass from 12 yards out straightaway and blasted a shot past Aggie goalkeeper Sarah Peters. The goal was Roby's second of the year.

"Early in the game," began Stumpf, "everything we shot seemed to go in."

Davis got on the board at 53:48 when Rochelle VanBuskirk scored on a penalty kick. VanBuskirk's goal was her 13th of the year, tops in the Big West, and it narrowed the gap to 3-1.

Santa Barbara kept up the pressure when Roby scored her second goal of the match and third of the season at 55:45. The goal, which was scored from about eight yards out on the right side, came off of a pass from McDonald. It was McDonald's second assist of the contest and team-leading seventh of the season. The four goals were the most scored by the Gauchos this season.

Junior Tammy Lenham started in goal for UCSB and allowed only the penalty kick goal. She collected three saves. The Gauchos outshot the Aggies 14-10, including 10-4 in shots on goal. Peters had six saves for the home team. The four goals were a season-high for Santa Barbara.

UCSB will remain on the road for a Sunday, Oct. 25 match at Pacific. The Gauchos and Tigers will kick-off at noon in Stockton, Calif. Santa Barbara returns home for its season finale on Sunday, Nov. 1 when it hosts Cal Poly at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The game should be pivotal in determining the order of seeds for the Big West Tournament.

Tickets for the UCSB-Cal Poly game, which is part of the Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability, are available from the Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or 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.

Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

And, purchase tickets before Nov. 1 to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

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