Gauchos Finally Return Home, Host Cal State Northridge Friday Night

Oct. 8, 2008

The Schedule
Friday, October 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge
At UCSB’s Harder Stadium

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific
At UCSB’s Harder Stadium

UCSB Finally Returns Home
The UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team has not played at home since Sept. 14 when it defeated Tennessee 2-1.  The Gauchos have played their last six matches away from home, going 3-3 in those games.  They will return play their first home match in nearly four weeks on Friday night when they host Cal State Northridge in Big West Conference play.  Tickets for as low as $3.00 are available from the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office, which is located in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus and open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, on-line at UCSBgauchos.com, or at the Harder Stadium box office one hour prior to kickoff. 

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Friday match with an overall record of 8-5 and a Big West mark of 1-1.  The Gauchos split a pair of contests last weekend, the first weekend of Big West play, edging UC Riverside on Friday, 2-1, and then losing at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, 2-0.

Rank and File
Their defeat at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday knocked UCSB out of most national rankings.  While the Gauchos remain 36th in the Top Drawer Soccer poll, they are no longer listed in the adidas/NSCAA, Soccer Buzz Magazine, or Soccer America polls.  When they first entered the rankings several weeks ago, it marked the first time since 1992 that they had been ranked.

Gauchos Already Better Than 2007
UCSB’s eight wins are already two more than they had in all of 2007.  The Gauchos won six matches last season.  They still have seven games left to build on that, four of which are at home.

Simon Says, Another Two-Goal Match
Sophomore midfielder Jacqui Simon scored two goals in the Gauchos’ win at UC Riverside last Friday.  She tallied the first one late in the first half to tie the score at 1-1, and she scored the game-winner in the 51st minute.  For Simon, who played mostly at forward in 2007, it was her second two-goal match of the year.  She also achieved the feat on Aug. 31 at Pepperdine.  In the 3-2 win over the Waves, she scored the second goal in the final minute for the win.  Simon, who had two goals and one assist last year, has assumed the team-lead in goals this year with five.  The Torrance, Calif., native also has a pair of assists for 12 points, tying her for the team-lead.

A Little Help From Their Friends
The Gauchos have 24 assists on 23 goals this season.  Nine different players have at least one assist, and seven have at least two.  Junior Genelle Ives, and sophomores Kailyn Kugler and Kylie McDonald lead the way with four assists apiece.  Seniors Michelle Russell and Sami Svrcek have three apiece.

A Cut Above
Freshman goalkeeper Ali Cutler has done a solid job in place of sophomore Tammy Lenham, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.  Cutler has started the last four matches, two wins and two tough losses, and in those four she has allowed four goals.  In last week’s 2-1 win over UC Riverside, Cutler had a career-high six saves.  For the season, she has now made five starts and played in seven matches overall.  She has a 4-3-0 record and a team-leading 0.74 goals against average.  Her 21 saves is just one fewer than Lenham, who has played 182 more minutes.

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 95-74-21. His total of 95 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.   

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