August 25, 2010

Gauchos Put Perfect Record on the Line, Host Saint Joseph's Friday

Aug. 25, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos vs. Saint Joseph's Hawks
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Note: All Friday events are Faculty Free Friday with all UCSB faculty and staff admitted free.
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at University of San Francisco Dons
at USF's Negoesco Field
Game available on Gametracker

• To Order Tickets...
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• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 12th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 110-86-27. 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.

• Gauchos Open Season With Pair Of 2-0 Wins
UC Santa Barbara opened its 2010 season with a pair of wins last weekend. On Friday night, the Gauchos defeated Cal State Northridge in a non-conference contest 2-0 and then on Sunday they topped Cal State Bakersfield by the same 2-0 score.

• First 2-0 Start In Quite A While
The pair of 2-0 wins last weekend gives UCSB a perfect 2-0 start. It is the program's first 2-0 start since the 1993 season. That year, the Gauchos actually won their first five games in succession.

• Seidman Named Big West Offensive Player Of The Week
Senior midfielder Erica Seidman scored a goal in each of last weekend's victories. The goals were the second and third of her career and both were technically game-winners since each was the first score of the game for the Gauchos. Seidman, a bit player in each of her first three seasons in Santa Barbara, emerged throughout training camp and earned a starting spot in the midfield. On Monday, she named 2010's first Big West Offensive Player of the Week. Not a bad start to the season for the Coto de Caza, Calif., native.

• Coaches Pick Gauchos To Win Title
In a poll of the league's coaches, 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.

• Simon Off To Quick Start
Senior midfielder Jacqui Simon, a two-time First Team All-Big West choice, is off to a quick start in 2010. Simon scored the Gauchos' second goal in the season-opening win over Cal State Northridge. Her shot was a rocket from about 25 yards out. In the victory over Cal State Bakersfield, she assisted on a goal by Erica Seidman. Simon now has career totals of 13 goals and 15 assists for 41 points.

• Oh Henry!
Freshman goalkeeper Makenna Henry is also off to a good start. A native of Fountain Valley, Calif., Henry posted shutouts in each of the first two matches of her collegiate career. While she didn't face an onslaught of shots - she needed just one save in the two games - she did have a strong showing on corner kicks and had a good presence in the box. Finally, when she was in the starting lineup on Friday night against Cal State Northridge, it marked the first time since 1998 that a freshman goalkeeper had started a season opener for UCSB. In 1998, Mary Gleason was a freshman when she started the opener.

• Getting Defensive
UCSB's 2-0 start to the 2010 season had as much to do with its defense as anything else. As a team, the Gauchos allowed just eight shots in the two wins, only one of which was on goal. Cal State Northridge had five shots in the season opener, including the lone on-goal attempt. In Sunday's win, Cal State Bakersfield had just three shots, none of which were on-frame.

• Season Tickets Remain On Sale!
Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho women's and 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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