September 27, 2005

Gauchos Look to Rebound at Home Against Fourth-Ranked UCLA, UC Davis

Sept. 27, 2005

The Schedule
Match No. 11
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UCLA Bruins at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
At UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 12
Friday, September 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Davis Aggies at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
At UCSB's Harder Stadium

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara returns home to the friendly confines of Harder Stadium with an overall record of 5-5 and a conference mark of 0-0, as the Gauchos have yet to play a league opponent. After winning four straight matches, including non-conference wins against Hawaii (3-1) and George Washington (1-0), UCSB lost its last two--each by a single goal. Last week the Gauchos dropped a tough one in overtime, 1-0 at Arizona State, before falling 4-3 to No. 22 Arizona.

This Week
UCSB looks to get back on track at home where they have a 2-1 record. The Gauchos welcome No. 4 UCLA to town on Wednesday and host future Big West member UC Davis on Friday. Santa Barbara has a 1-2-1 lifetime record against UCLA. Last year, the Bruins defeated the Gauchos 6-1 in Westwood. UCSB has 4-1 overall record against UC Davis and lost to the Aggies for the first time, 1-0 in 2004.

On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his seventh season at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week's action with a record of 70-47-11. His total of 68 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list. He has led the Gauchos to four consecutive seasons of double-figures in wins, the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1988-91. Last season, he guided UCSB to a 13-6-2 record, the Big West regular season championship and to the Big West Tournament championship match. 2004 marked the fifth straight season in which the Gauchos finished at or over the .500 mark, a feat last accomplished more than a decade ago. 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, Stumpf was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year. 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.

Offense Still Kicking
After scoring eight goals and taking 71 shots during their four-game win streak, the Gaucho offense was held in check by the Arizona State defense. UCSB managed just three shots on goal and were out-shot by the Sun Devils 28-4 overall. The Gauchos have taken fewer shots in only one contest this season, a 2-1 victory over Fresno State. The Good news is that, despite the 4-3 loss, the offense seemed to find its footing again against Arizona. Santa Barbara bounced back with seventeen shots against the Wildcats, well above their season average of 11.3 shots per game. Their 12 shots on goal was a season high and their three goals tied a season best mark, as well.

Ives League
Freshman forward Genelle Ives (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) has emerged as one of the Gauchos primary threats offensively, leading the squad in goals (three), assists (five) and points (11) entering this week's matchups. During UCSB's four-game unbeaten streak, Ives netted a total of two goals and had five assists and scored or assisted on all four goals in wins over Hawaii and George Washington. She had four shots, three of those on goal in Sunday's loss to Arizona.

The Consistency of Considine
Senior goalkeeper Jamie Considine (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) has started all but one game between the posts and has been very reliable. Before Sunday's 4-3 loss she allowed no more than a single goal in six out of seven matches, a span that included two shutouts by the Gaucho defense. Considine posted nine saves against Arizona State on Friday, which was a career high and then followed that effort with eight saves against Arizona. She now has 44 saves this season and is currently is fifth on UCSB's all time career saves list. Considine needs nine saves to pass four-time All-Far West Selection Jan Ulrich (88-91) on the career chart.

All of Allie
Junior forward Allie Kueny (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) had another impressive game offensively this past weekend against Arizona. She led UCSB with six shots, four of which were on goal and netted one of the team's three goals. Kueny scored in the 58th minute on a pass from freshman forward Katie Smith. The Gauchos' top returning goal scorer from 2004 is currently second on the squad in goals scored (two), assists (three) and points (seven).

Here Come the Bruins
Fourth-ranked UCLA enters Wednesday's contest having won four in a row and eight out of nine overall. The Bruins, who are coming off back-to-back NCAA College Cup appearances, defeated Denver 1-0 last Friday at Drake Stadium. The team returns two senior All-Americans defender Jill Oakes and forward Iris Mora. UCLA's offense is propelled by sophomore midfielder/forward Danesha Adams who leads the Bruins with 15 total points and seven goals scored. Defensively, UCLA is anchored by keeper Valerie Henderson, who has started every game in goal this year. The sophomore has recorded 13 of the team's 16 saves.

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