Gauchos Return Home to Host Denver, UNLV

Sept. 12, 2007

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The Schedule
Friday, September 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. the University of Denver
at UCSB's Harder Stadium (17,000)

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UNLV
at UCSB's Harder Stadium (17,000)

The Week Ahead
UC Santa Barbara return home this weekend for a pair of matches against teams that advanced to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. On Friday, night the Gauchos will host the University of Denver in a 7:00 p.m. match. The Pioneers are 2-1 on the season and enter the week with a two-game winning streak. UNLV is 2-2 on the year and it enters the week having lost two in a row, both on the road, last weekend.

The Gauchos Hit 25
The 2007 season is the the 25th intercollegiate campaign for the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer program. The Gauchos first laced up their shoes as an intercollegiate program in 1983. Prior to 1983, UCSB had been a club program.

On The Record
UCSB enters play this week with a record of 1-3. Since opening the season with a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Aug. 31, the Gauchos have dropped three in a row. Last week, they lost pair of tightly contested matches in Madison, Wisc. On Friday night, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the University of Wisconsin, and then on Sunday afternoon, they lost a 1-0 double-overtime encounter to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Tough Start To A Tough Schedule
UCSB is in the midst of one of its most difficult schedules in recent memory. The Gauchos 2007 schedule included seven games against opponents that made the 2006 NCAA Tournament and 10 games against teams that made the tourney in either 2006 or 2007. So far, UCSB has played three matches against teams that advanced to the postseason last year, going 1-2 in those matches, defeating Loyola Marymount while losing to USC and Wisconsin-Madison. This week, the Gauchos will get two more shots at postseason teams from last year when they host Denver and UNLV.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his ninth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 82-62-17. His total of 82 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. Last season, he guided the Gauchos to a 7-7-6 overall record, including a 5-1-1 record in the Big West, good enough to tie for the regular season championship. Stumpf has led the program to records of .500 or better in six of the last seven seasons, including four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was selected to finish last in the conference, but 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. He has, in fact, guided the Gauchos to a top-three league finish in six of the last seven seasons. Before arriving in Santa Barbara as an assistant coach in 1998, Stumpf spent two seasons as an assistant at Humboldt State. In addition, the San Diego native spent several years coaching club teams in the Santa Rosa area.

On Wisconsin
The Gauchos lost a pair of tough games in Wisconsin over the weekend. On Friday night, against the host University of Wisconsin, UCSB let a one goal lead slip away in the final 16 minutes, losing 3-2. Trailing 1-0, Santa Barbara tied the score on a goal by senior Romy Barber, her first since the 2005 season. In the 67th minute, junior Kathleen Prieto was fouled in the box and knocked home the penalty kick to give her team a 2-1 lead. It was also Prieto's first goal since 2005. The Badgers responded wit two goals in a three minutes span, scoring in the 75th minute and the 77th minute to reclaim the win. In Sunday's 1-0 loss to Wisconsin-Madison, the Gauchos and Panthers battled into a second overtime before the game was decided in the 105th minute.

Ives Will Redshirt
Junior forward Genelle Ives, a First Team All-Big West choice in 2006 and a Second Team All-Big West honoree in 2005, will redshirt the 2007 season with a knee injury, head coach Paul Stumpf has announced. Ives, the Big West co-Freshman of the Year in 2005, has either led or tied for the team-lead in goals each of her first two seasons. In her two years, the Dana Point, Calif., native has 13 goals and 10 assists for 36 points.

Katie, Bar The Goal
Senior goalkeeper Katie Wright was a Second Team All-Big West choice in 2006 and despite a lingering knee injury, she has again had some outstanding moments. Wright is the only keeper that the Gauchos have used this season. She enters the week with a 1.44 goals against average, but UCSB opponents have piled-up 52 shots, 29 of which have been on frame. On Aug. 31, Wright recorded a shutout in the season opener against Loyola Marymount, logging four saves. She had another outstanding effort in the team's heartbreaking 1-0 loss in double-overtime to Wisconsin-Madison, posting a season-high 10 saves, two fewer than the personal best that she had in two matches last season. In all, Wright has 23 saves and has allowed six goals in four matches in 2007. Her shutout against Loyola Marymount was the seventh of her Gaucho career.

Searching For Offense
As was the case early in 2006, the 2007 Gauchos are struggling with the number of offensive opportunities that they are creating. After outshooting Loyola Marymount 9-6 in the first game of the season, UCSB has been outshot in three straight. In the loss to nationally-ranked USC, the Gauchos could muster just three shots while the Women of Troy had 16. In the game at Wisconsin, the Badgers had a 13-9 edge in shots and in Sunday's game against Wisconsin-Madison, the Panthers held a 17-9 advantage. Since the first game, Santa Barbara has collected just 21 total shots, an average of 7.0 per game, while its three opponents have had 46, an average of 15.3 per game. In fact, the Gauchos have yet to hit double-digits in the shot column, peaking out at nine in three of the four games played to this point. The team's leader in shots is junior midfielder Sami Svrcek who has seven.

Someone Old, Someone New
UCSB has three goals scored through four games this season and they have come from distinctly different sources. The first goal, scored in the win over Loyola Marymount, was notched by freshman Kailyn Kugler (San Clemente HS/San Clemente, Calif.). Kugler scored the goal in the 48th minute and the Gauchos held on for the win. The other two goals, both scored in the game against Wisconsin, were scored by veterans who are in their fourth year with the program. Senior Romy Barber scored in the closing seconds of the first half against the Badgers, while Kathleen Prieto, a junior who redshirted the 2006 season, scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute. For Barber and Prieto, the goals were their first since the 2005 season.

The Young And The Restless
A combination of injuries and other factors have forced head coach Paul Stumpf to liberally spice his lineup with young players. Even on the defensive end of the field, where the Gauchos have their most experience, they have had to turn to a freshman, Elise Crispen, as a starter on three occasions. In addition, UCSB has started freshmen forwards Jacqui Simon and Brooke Salyer four and three times respectively. Kailyn Kugler, who scored the team's first goal of the season in a win over Loyola Marymount, can play midfield or forward and has been in the starting lineup once as has Stacy Myrick, a midfielder. In addition, freshmen Julia Speace, Samantha Bock and Kate Mogannam have seen time off the bench.

On the Horizon
Following this weekend's home games, UCSB will go on the road to play at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, Sept. 21. The Gauchos return home to host San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 23 in a match that will begin at 6:00 p.m.