September 20, 2010

UCSB Travels to Fresno State Friday for Final Pre-Big West Contest

Sept. 20, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at Fresno State Bulldogs
at FSU's Bulldog Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Friday, October 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Soccer Stadium
Game available on Live Stats

• A Speace Of Her Mind
Keep up with senior defender Julia Speace by reading her entertaining blog. You can read all about what is on her mind by clicking here. Speace's blog has been voted No. 1 by the UCSB Athletics Communications staff.

• Purchasing Tickets Has Never Been Easier
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Men's College Cup Tickets Now Available
Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup National Championship, scheduled for Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Dec. 10 and 12, are now available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here. Students can purchase all-session passes for the discounted rate of $20.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara will take a 4-4-1 record into Friday's game at Fresno State. After opening the year with a 3-0 record for the first time since the 1993 season, the Gauchos have gone 1-4-1. Last weekend, they split two matches. On Friday, UCSB defeated Weber State by a 2-0 count and on Sunday they lost to Oklahoma by a 1-0 score.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 12th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 112-90-28. His 112 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.

• Quick Goal Jump-Starts Gauchos In Win
If you blinked at just the wrong time at the start of last Friday's home match against Weber State, you may have missed the Gauchos first goal. Almost immediately after the opening kickoff, senior forward Kylie McDonald drove the ball down the left sideline, cut in and hit a perfect crossing pass to Kailyn Kugler. Kugler headed the ball into the goal from about 10 yards out. It was the fastest goal by a UCSB team in recent memory. The McDonald-Kugler duo switched roles in the second half as Kugler assisted on McDonald's second goal of the season.

• Kugler Climbs The List Then Sits One Out
Kailyn Kugler's goal in the opening minute of the Gauchos' win over Weber State was her second of the season and her second in as many games. The goal also broke a tie on UCSB's all-time goal-scoring list. Kugler had been tied with Genelle Ives for ninth all-time with 23 goals. With 24, she is now all alone in the ninth slot. On Sunday, Kugler, the 2009 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, was in the original starting lineup for the Gauchos' 1-0 loss to Oklahoma. During pregame warm-ups, however, she felt a twinge in the upper part of her right leg and was held out as a precaution. Kugler should return this week.

• Giving The Defense Its Due
Defenders Julia Speace, Alyssa Benjamin, Kathleen Matthew and Alexa Stringer have combined for no points and two shots through nine games in 2010. However, the groups contributions cannot be measured in goals, assists and points. With the exception of one contest they have been more than solid defensively this season. UCSB has allowed 10 goals in nine matches, four of which came in a 4-1 loss at San Francisco on Aug. 29. Overall, the team's goals against average is 1.08, but without the USF match included, it is 0.73 and the defensive foursome is a significant reason why.

• Spreading The Wealth
UCSB has scored 13 goals through nine matches in 2010. Led by senior Erica Seidman who has three, seven different Gauchos have scored goals this season. Kailyn Kugler, Kylie McDonald, Erin Ortega and Alissa Sanchez have two goals apiece. Additionally, eight different players have assisted on goals. Senior Jacqui Simon, a two-time First Team All-Big West honoree, has a team-leading three while Kugler, McDonald, Erica Shelton and Cory Yoshida have two each.

• Cornering The Market
UCSB has been quite adept at creating corner kicks in 2010. Through nine games, the Gauchos have taken 53 corner kicks while opponents have taken a mere 24. They have been particularly effective in second halves. In nine second halves this season, Santa Barbara has 32 corners as compared to 11 by the opposition.

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