Gauchos Open Quest for Third Straight NCAA Tournament Bid Friday at Home

Aug. 20, 2010

• The Schedule
Friday, August 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Season Tickets Still Available
Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho men'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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• UCSB Opens 2010 Campaign With Three Straight At Home
UC Santa Barbara will open its regular season with a three-game homestand beginning Friday, Aug. 20 when it plays Cal State Northridge in a non-conference game at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos will host Cal State Bakersfield (Sunday, Aug. 22 at 5:00 p.m.) and Saint Joseph's (Friday, Aug. 27 at 5:00 p.m.) before going on the road for four games.

• Coaches Select Gauchos To Win Big West
In a poll of the league's coaches last week, UCSB was picked to win the 2010 Big West championship. The Gauchos, who have won the last two league tournaments and advanced to the last two NCAA Tournaments, received four first-place votes and 75 total points. Cal Poly, whom Santa Barbara has knocked out of each of the last two Big West Tournaments, was picked second with two first-place votes and 61 points.

• The Gaucho Record
In 2009, the Gauchos finished with a 9-10-3 overall record, but by virtue of winning the Big West Tournament, they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. UCSB was 3-4-1 at home last season, 6-4-2 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites. The Gauchos were 5-2-1 in Big West games in 2009, finishing third.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 12th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 108-86-27. His 108 wins are the most in school history. On Sept. 9, 2009 he became the school's all-time leader in coaching with as the Gauchos defeated William and Mary, 2-0. In 2009, Stumpf guided UCSB to its second straight Big West Tournament title, and second NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2008, the Gauchos had not been to the tourney since 1991. 2008 also marked the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. He has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last 10 seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and instead posted an 8-9-1 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Big West. Following the season, he was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year. On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.

• Lots Of Familiar Faces
UCSB will have lots of familiar faces as it embarks on its quest for a third straight NCAA Tournament. The Gauchos have 18 players on the roster who were members of each of the last two postseason teams and another five who were on the team in 2009.

• All-Conference Players Lead The Returnees
Seniors forwards Kailyn Kugler and Kylie McDonald, and senior midfielder Jacqui Simon were all First Team All-Big West selections in 2009. Kugler, who scored nine goals and five assists for 23 points last season, was the Big West Offensive Player of the Year. In addition, senior Nicole Romanowski was a second team all-league player as a defender and Erin Ortega was honorable mention as a midfielder.

• Handful Of Newcomers Expected To Contribute Right Away
While UCSB's roster is dominated by veterans, there are a handful of newcomers expected to make immediate contributions. At the top of the list of players expected to step in and contribute right away is goalkeeper Makenna Henry (Fountain Valley, Calif/Fountain Valley HS). She is a former member of the U-15 U.S. National Team and may immediately become a starter. Others who should see playing time include defenders Paige Gankema (Irvine, Calif./Northwood HS) and Taylor Gehring (Petaluma, Calif./Petaluma HS), midfielders Lindsay Gankema (Irvine, Calif./Northwood HS) and Erica Shelton (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale HS), and forwards Allie Ariniello (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) and Nicole DuPuy (Irvine, Calif./Mater Dei HS).