UCSB Needs a Win and Some Help for Big West Tournament Bid

UCSB Needs a Win and Some Help for Big West Tournament Bid

Oct. 27, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
Blue-Green Rivalry Series Game
at Cal Poly's A.G. Spanos Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

The Blue-Green Rivalry Series
The athletics rivalry between UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly has grown in recent years, and now the schools are putting their competition to good use through the Blue-Green Rivalry.

As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green).

The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the results of the 16 common sports that the schools compete in and winner will be decided prior to the end of each school year.

The creative angle of using games to promote the campuses' sustainability and recycling efforts is the first of its kind in college athletics. To learn more about sustainability efforts at UCSB, click here.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the final weekend of the regular season with an overall record of 8-8-2 and a Big West record of 3-4-0. Last weekend, the Gauchos put together back-to-back wins for the first time since opening the year with a 3-0 record. UCSB defeated Seattle University in non-conference game by a 1-0 score and then, on Sunday, shutout Cal State Fullerton, 2-0.

• UCSB Enters Final Weekend Needing Help To Advance To Big West Tournament
The Gauchos will need some significant help if they are to secure an opportunity to defend their Big West Tournament championships of 2008 and 2009. Santa Barbara, with just a Friday night game at Cal Poly remaining on the schedule, needs to win. That's a given. The Gauchos also need Cal State Fullerton to win at Cal State Northridge on Thursday night and then lose at first-place UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon. If those things happen, UCSB, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge would have 12 points apiece and would be tied for the fourth and final spot in the tournament. The Gauchos are a perfect 2-0 against the Titans and Matadors, thus winning the tiebreaker.

• Gauchos Snap Out Of Offensive Funk
It was a modest accomplishment, but when the Gauchos scored two goals in a 2-0 win at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, it was the first time they had scored more than one goal in a game since they tallied two at UC Riverside on Oct. 1. If you add the game-winning goal scored in the 75th minute on Oct. 21 against Seattle, UCSB has scored three goals in its last 105 minutes, a small step in the right direction.

• Myrick Goes Out In Style
Talk about timing. Senior Stacy Myrick, playing the final home game of her career, scored a goal in the 75th minute, giving UCSB a 1-0 win over Seattle on Oct. 21. The goal was a big one on a couple of fronts. First of all, it helped the Gauchos end a three-game losing streak and secondly, it was the first goal of Myrick's career. In addition, the assists on the goal were credited to two more seniors, Jacqui Simon and Jessie Edmonds. For Edmonds, it was just the second assist of her four-year career.

• Kugler Remains On A Roll
Senior forward Kailyn Kugler scored one goal and and assisted on the other in the Gauchos' 2-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. Kugler now has seven goals and four assists for a team-leading 18 points. She has either scored or assisted on 10 of the team's last 13 goals over a span of 12 games. Kugler missed two of the 10 games with a an injured leg and UCSB was shutout in both. In all, the San Clemente, Calif., native now has 29 goals, tied for sixth in school history, and 73 career points, ninth all-time.

• Simon Enters The Record Book
When senior midfielder Jacqui Simon played her final home game played her final career home game on Oct. 21, it was her 81st game as a member of the Gauchos, a new school record. Simon has now played in 82 career games, two more than current teammates Kailyn Kugler and Julia Speace, and former UCSB great, Jennifer Borcich. Simon also assisted on a goal in each of the last two Gaucho games. She now has six assists on teh season and 20 in her career, ninth all-time. A four-year starter and two-time First Team All-Big West player, Simon has 13 goals and 21 assists for a total of 47 career points, 14th all-time.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 12th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 116-94-29. His 112 wins are the most in school history. On Sept. 9, 2009 he became the school's all-time leader in coaching with as the Gauchos defeated William and Mary, 2-0. In 2009, Stumpf guided UCSB to its second straight Big West Tournament title, and second NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2008, the Gauchos had not been to the tourney since 1991. 2008 also marked the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. He has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last 10 seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and 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. On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.