UCSB Opens Big West Play This Weekend at UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge

UCSB Opens Big West Play This Weekend at UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge

Oct. 1, 2009

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCI's Anteater Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. (PST)
UCSB Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors
at Matador Field
Game available on Gametracker

• Tickets Available For All UCSB Soccer Games
Fans can purchase tickets for UCSB soccer games by calling (805) 893-UCSB, by visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or online by clicking here.

• It's Never Been Easier To Buy Gaucho Tickets!
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• GKids Today, Gauchos Tomorrow!
UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce G Kids - its new official kids club! G Kids members will receive a free G Kids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new G Kids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on G Kids, or to become a member, please click here.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Friday's road game at UC Irvine with an overall record of 3-6-1. The Gauchos have dropped two straight games, losing last weekend to Arizona (2-1) and third-ranked UCLA (3-1). They enter the game against the Anteaters with a record of 3-3-0 in true road games and a 3-4-0 mark in all games away from Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

• Gauchos Kick-Off New Season...Sort Of
UCSB kicks-off the 2009 season this weekend. Well, sort of. The Gauchos open Big West play this weekend when they play UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge. Prior to the start of the regular season in August, Santa Barbara was picked to win the conference by the league's coaches. A variety of injuries and an extremely challenging schedule have led to a 3-6-1 preseason record, so the start of conference play is like a new beginning.

• A Rough Road
To say the least, the Gauchos' schedule has been a tough one. Of their 10 opponents, five have been ranked at some point in 2009. Illinois has been ranked as high as 11th and UCLA, UCSB's most recent opponent, is currently ranked third nationally. In addition to the ranked opponents, seven of the first 10 game (first eight actually) were played away from home and one road trip lasted for three games and eight days.

• A Speace Of Her Mind
Junior defender Julia Speace offers up a piece of her mind on UCSBgauchos.com. Speace's blog - "Speace's Pieces" - is featured on the women's soccer page of the site. Make sure to click here to log-on and find out why everyone is talking about "Speace's Pieces."

• Stumpf Now UCSB's All-Time Winner
The Gauchos' win at William and Mary on Sept. 9 was the 101st of head coach Paul Stumpf's coaching career, moving him past Tad Bobak into first on UCSB's all-time women's soccer coaching victory list. Bobak recorded a 100-43-7 record from 1987-84. Stumpf, who is in his 11th season in Santa Barbara, is now 102-82-25.

• Simon Says: I Lead The Team In Goals
Junior midfielder Jacqui Simon, a First Team All-Big West honoree in 2008, leads UCSB in scoring in 2009. Simon, who scored the Gauchos' goal in last week's game against Arizona, has three goals and one assist for seven points. Her three goals are exactly a third of all the goals scored by UCSB this season.

• Missing In Action
Several players that UCSB was counting on in 2009 have been limited because of a variety of ailments, but four standout. Senior forward Genelle Ives, the Big West Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, has been slowed by a leg injury. She has seen limited minutes in eight matches and has yet to score. Senior midfielder Sarah Stoltz has missed the last six contests with a knee injury. Sophomore midfielder Brooke Salyer has missed the last seven with a knee injury, and sophomore midfielder Katy Roby has returned, but on a limited basis. She has played in just six of the 10 contests.

• For Starters
UCSB has just three players who have started all 10 games this season. Junior midfielder Jacqui Simon, junior defender Nicole Romanowski, and sophomore defender Alexa Stringer are the only Gauchos who have made all 10 starts. UCSB has 21 different players who have been in the starting lineup at least one time this season and 13 who have started at least half the games.

• Erin On The Side Of Youth
Because of injuries and the fact that she can play, freshman midfielder Erin Ortega seems to have become a fixture in Santa Barbara's starting lineup. Ortega has played in nine of the 10 games this season, starting seven. She is tied for second on the team with two goals, including the Gauchos' only goal in the 3-1 loss to third-ranked UCLA. Ortega has scored her two goals on just seven shots.

• Sanchez Picks Up The Slack
Sophomore forward Alissa Sanchez is another player who has entered the starting lineup for UCSB. She has one goal and a pair of assists for four points. It was Sanchez's perfect cross to Erin Ortega that led to the Gauchos goal against third-ranked UCLA.

• Free Kicks
The Gauchos have outshot the opposition 118-111...Julia Speace has not had a shot in nine matches this season and has just six in 50 career matches...With two goals this season, junior forward Kailyn Kugler now has 15 in her career, tied for 11th on UCSB's all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for 10th all-time...Tammy Lenham continues to lead the team in goals against average at 2.13...The Gauchos return home on Friday, Oct. 9 to host Cal State Fullerton.