Oct. 27, 2005
Friday, October 228, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs
at UCSB's Harder Stadium
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its final match of the 2005 season with an overall record of 8-10-0 and a Big West mark of 2-4-0. In their last outing on Sunday, the Gauchos ended a four-match losing streak with a 2-1 win at Cal State Northridge.
UCSB Out Of Big West Tourney For First Time
With a 2-4 record entering its final Big West match, UCSB will not qualify for the Big West Tournament for the first time in its four-year history. If the Gauchos were to defeat Cal Poly on Friday, they would finish with a 3-4 league record and a tie for fourth-place, but all the tiebreakers work against them. Entering the final weekend only UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton are assured of making the league's tournament.
Considine, Cooper Play Final Match
Friday night's match against Cal Poly will be the final match for senior goalkeeper Jamie Considine and senior defender Katie Cooper. Considine and Cooper have been starters in the UCSB program since their freshman year in 2002. Considine enters her final match ranked second in the school's history in shutouts with 25, third in saves with 287 and first in minutes played by a goalkeeper. Cooper, a Second Team All-Big West choice in 2004, has started 71 of her 75 matches and has been one of the team's best defenders.
Get it? Sam-I-Am. Actually, her name is pronounced Sammy, not Sam-eye. Either way, the Gauchos have received huge contributions from their youngest players this season. In Sunday's 2-1 win at Cal State Northridge freshman Sami Svrcek (Irvine, Calif./University HS) joined the party. Svrcek, who has played in 12 matches this season, missing some because of injury, scored both of UCSB's goals in the win over the Matadors. Svrcek was making her first start of the season and she made the most of it. Her second goal, which came in the 66th-minute, was the game-winner. She now has two goals and one assist for five total points on the year.
Speaking Of Youth
Svrcek is one of several young players who have had an impact for the Gauchos this season. Of the 23 goals that UCSB has tallied in its 18 matches more than half, 14, have been scored by freshmen. Taking it a step further, freshmen have scored 12 of the 23 goals and nine of the team's 25 assists have been scored by freshmen. In addition, Santa Barbara sophomores have scored four goals and six assists. In all, either freshmen or sophomores have scored 18 goals (78.3%) and 15 assists (60.0%) for the Gauchos in 2005.