August 19, 2010

Gaucho Soccer Preview Day Three: Looking Forward

Aug. 19, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It sounds like a broken record, but it's true. As is the case with UCSB's defenders and midfielders, previewed on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the Gauchos' forward line is - repeat after me - deep and experienced.

Among the returnees, senior Kailyn Kugler, the 2010 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, leads the way up front. As a junior, Kugler scored nine goals and assisted on five others for 23 points. She will be joined on the forward line by another First Team All-Big West selection, senior Kylie McDonald, the team's leader in assists last year with seven, junior Alissa Sanchez and sophomore Erin Ortega, an Honorable Mention All-Big West choice. A fifth veteran, senior Jessie Edmonds, could also factor into the mix.

Freshmen Allie Ariniello (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) and Nicole DuPuy (Irvine, Calif./Mater Dei HS) are also expected to be part of the regular forward rotation for head coach Paul Stumpf.

"Kylie (McDonald) and Sanchez will be the two delivery players and the others will be the finishers," Stumpf said. "We will mix-and-match all of them. We expect this group to work very hard and so we will cycle them in and out to keep them fresh."

Scoring was an issue for the Gauchos much of the 2009 season. While they finished the year with 27 goals in their 22 matches, they were shutout seven times and scored one goal on seven other occasions.

"I used to think that scoring goals was all about skill," Stumpf said. "Others believe that scoring is all about passion. I'm now convinced that it is equal parts of both and I want this team to play with both skill and passion."

UCSB opens its regular season on Friday when it hosts Cal State Northridge in a non-conference game at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The game against Northridge is the first of three consecutive home games to open the year for the Gauchos. They will also host Cal State Bakersfield (Sunday, Aug. 22 at 5:00 p.m.) and Saint Joseph's (Friday, Aug. 27 at 5:00 p.m.). Santa Barbara then embarks on a stretch of five consecutive games away from home, playing at San Francisco (Aug. 29), Minnesota (Sept. 3), Loyola Marymount (Sept. 10) and UCLA (Sept. 12). The Gauchos will also play Marquette in Minneapolis on Sept. 5.

UCSB returns home on Sept. 17 to host Weber State and Sept. 19 to host Oklahoma. Following the final preseason road game on Sept. 24 at Fresno State, the Gauchos open Big West play at UC Riverside (Oct. 1) and Long Beach State (Oct. 3). Their first league home game will be on Oct. 8 against Cal State Northridge. The game against the Matadors, the second of the year, will open a run of five straight home contests. UC Irvine (Oct. 10), UC Davis (Oct. 15), Pacific (Oct. 17) and non-conference foe Seattle (Oct. 21) will complete the home slate for the year. Santa Barbara will end the regular season with road games at Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 24) and Cal Poly (Oct. 29). The game against the Mustangs will be a renewal of the Blue-Green Rivalry.

Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho men's and women's soccer season are on sale now and this year's packages include tickets for the 2010 College Cup, being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one College Cup All Session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.

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