No. 23 UCSB Opens Big West Play at UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton

No. 23 UCSB Opens Big West Play at UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton

Sept. 30, 2008

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside
at UCR Soccer Stadium

Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton
at CSUF’s Titan Field

• Long and Winding Road Continues
The 23rd-ranked (NSCAA/adidas) UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team will travel to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton this weekend to open Big West play.  The Gauchos, who will have played six consecutive matches away from home when they finally return to Harder Stadium for an Oct. 10 match against Cal State Northridge.  The contest against Northridge will be Greek Night at Harder Stadium with the Greek Games taking place at halftime.  Tickets are readily available on-line at, by calling 893-UCSB, or at the Harder Stadium Ticket Booth one hour prior to game time.

• Rank and File
After splitting two matches in Arizona last weekend UCSB has moved from 20th in the  in the NSCAA/adidas National Ranking to 23rd.  The Gauchos are eighth in the NSCAA/adidas Far West poll.  They also jumped from 42 to 40 in the Top Drawer Soccer ranking.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Big West opener on Friday against UC Riverside with an overall record of 7-4-0.  Last weekend, the Gauchos split matches in Arizona.  On Friday night, they suffered their first shutout loss of the season, 1-0 at Arizona State, but on Sunday, they rebounded with a 1-0 overtime victory over the University of Arizona.

• UCSB Picked to Win Big West
UCSB, which finished fifth in the Big West standings in 2007, was chosen to win the league’s 2008 regular season crown in a poll of the nine coaches.  The Gauchos collected four first-place votes and a total of 74 points to edge Long Beach State, which garnered three first-place votes and 73 total points.  The 49ers are a two-time defending league regular season champ.  Cal Poly had a pair of first-place votes and 62 points, while Cal State Fullerton, which has won the last two Big West Tournaments, had 60 points.   The Gauchos will open Big West play on the road as they travel to UC Riverside on Oct. 3 and Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 5.  They will play their first home league match on Oct. 10 when they host Cal State Northridge.  The rest of UCSB’s conference home slate includes Pacific, Long Beach State, and UC Irvine.

• UCSB  Surpasses 2007 Victory Total
UCSB’s win over Arizona in Tucson on Sunday was the team’s seventh victory of the season, surpassing last season’s total six.  The Gauchos have nine games remaining to build on the total.

• One Goal Wonders
UCSB has played 11 matches to this point and eight of those have been decided by one goal, including the last three.  The three matches that have been decided by more than one goal – Nevada, Sacramento State, and Montana – have all  been won by the Gauchos.  They have gone 4-4 in one-goal matches. 

• A Fresh Face in Goal
Freshman goalkeeper Ali Cutler has made the most of her chances as the primary backup to sophomore Tammy Lenham.  With Lenham sidelined because of a shoulder injury, Cutler played every minute in weekend matches at Arizona State and Arizona.  In the 1-0 loss at ASU, the Saratoga, Calif., native allowed a late second half goal, but also had three saves.  In her first full shutout, a 1-0 overtime win at Arizona, Cutler also had three saves.  On the year, she has now played in five matches, making three starts, and has a 0.29 goals against average with 11 saves on 12 shots faced.

• Ives Approaches Top-10s
Junior forward Genelle Ives has bounced back nicely from a knee injury that forced her to redshirt in 2007.  Through 11 matches, Ives has scored four goals and assisted on three others.  In her career, she has now tallied 17 goals and 13 assists for 47 points.  Ives’s 17 goals are the 11th most ever scored by a Gaucho and she needs just one more to tie her former teammate, Allie Kueny, for 10th all-time.  Her 47 points ranks the Dana Point, Calif., native 12th all-time, but she still has a way to go, needing 16 to enter the top-10.

• Balancing Act
The Gauchos have scored 21 goals in 11 matches this season, two more than they scored all of last year.  Also, unlike a season ago, there has been a great deal of balance in the scoring.  UCSB has had 11 different players find the back of the net in 2008, three more than 2007.  Leading the way is junior forward Genelle Ives, who has scored four.  Sophomores Kailyn Kugler, Jacqui Simon, and Kylie McDonald, have scored three goals apiece.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters this week’s action with a record of 94-73-21. His total of 88 wins ranks second on UCSB’s all-time list. Last season, he guided the Gauchos to a 6-10-4 overall record, including a 3-4-1 record in the Big West.  Stumpf has led the program to records of .500 or better in six of the last eight seasons, including, at one point, 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 eight seasons, and twice he has led the program to regular season championships.  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.