Gauchos Set to Host Cal Poly in First Round of Big West Tournament Thursday
Nov. 4, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State
at UCSB's Harder Stadium
Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Big West Tournament Championship Game
First Round Winner vs. First Round Winner
at Highest Remaining Seed
Gauchos Host Cal Poly In Big West Tournament
UC Santa Barbara returns to the Big West Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Gauchos are seeded No. 2 in the tournament and will host Cal Poly on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium. Long Beach State, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, will host the University of the Pacific on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The highest remaining seed following Thursday's games will host the tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available for UCSB's first round Big West Tournament game at the Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or online by clicking here.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB completed regular season play on Sunday evening with a decisive 4-0 win over visiting UC Irvine. The Gauchos will enter the Big West Tournament with an overall record of 12-6-1. They finished conference competition with a 5-2-1 record, good for second-place.
UCSB and Cal Poly will be playing for the second time this season. On Oct. 19, the Gauchos defeated the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo, 4-2. In the regular season win, forwards Kailyn Kugler and Genelle Ives each scored a pair of goals. Historically, the teams have played 17 times dating back to 1993. Santa Barbara has a lifetime record of 6-9-2 against Cal Poly. The last times the teams played at Harder Stadium was on Oct. 20, 2007 and the Mustangs won that one, 1-0.
Combination Of Veterans, Youth Lead Resurgence
A balance of veteran and young players helped UCSB's resurgence in 2008. The 2007 Gauchos finished with an overall record of 6-10-4 and struggled to score. This year, a roster that includes three seniors, two juniors, 12 sophomores, and 11 freshmen led UCSB to its most wins since 2004, and the second most ever under head coach Paul Stumpf.
Stumpf Needs One For 100
Paul Stumpf, completing his 10th season as UCSB's head coach, will enter the Big West Tournament needing one victory to reach two significant marks. With Sunday's 4-0 win over UC Irvine, Stumpf now has 99 career coaching wins since taking over the Gaucho program in 1999. One more win would give him 100 in his career. Additionally, one more victory would pull the Sonoma, Calif., native into a tie for UCSB's all-time lead. Tad Bobak, completed his Gaucho coaching career in 1994, also had 100 wins.
Ives Leads Balanced Attack
Junior forward Genelle Ives's return after a redshirt season was a successful one. Ives sat out the 2007 season after having knee surgery, depriving UCSB of its top goal-scorer from the previous two seasons. In 2008, the Dana Point, Calif., native showed little residual problems. She completed the regular season as the Gauchos' leading scorer with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points. All three of the the totals were career-highs for Ives, who played in all 19 matches this season, starting 17. In her career, she has now scored 21 goals and 17 assists for 59 points. Her 21 goals rank ninth on the school's career list, while her 59 points rank 11th.
Lending A Hand
The return of Genelle Ives was obviously a major boost to Gaucho fortunes in 2008, but the arrival of sophomore forward Kylie McDonald was a huge positive as well. McDonald transferred to UCSB from Pepperdine, where she was an Honorable Mention All-West Coast Conference player in 2007. After a somewhat slow start - she didn't score in the team's first two games - McDonald finished the year with five goals and a team-leading eight assists for 18 points, tied for third on the team. She was particularly good late in the season, scoring two of her goals and six of her assists in the final nine games, all in league play.
Kugler Proves It Was No Fluke
As a freshman in 2007, forward Kailyn Kugler was forced to play a major role in UCSB's offense. Injuries to several key players turned her into a starter and she responded by leading the team with six goals. In 2008, Kugler proved that her 2007 performance was no accident. She enters postseason play with seven goals, second on the team, and four assists. Her 18 points ties her with Kylie McDonald for second.
Simon Says She's A Midfielder
Sophomore Jacqui Simon played mostly forward in 2007 and she had two goals and one assist. Moved back to her more familiar midfield position in 2008, she responded by scoring six goals and seven assists for 19 points, second on the team. Simon was also the only UCSB player to have two multiple-goal games, scoring two each against in wins at Pepperdine and UC Riverside.
The Gauchos have scored 38 goals in their 19 games this season, exactly double what they scored in the same number of games last season. Four players have scored five or more goals, eight have two or more, and 12 have scored at least once. In addition, after being shutout nine times in 2007, UCSB was blanked just once in 19 games during the regular season.
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 99-75-22. His total of 99 wins ranks second on UCSB's all-time list, one behind Tad Bobak who finished his coaching career with exactly 100. This season marks the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. Stumpf has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last nine 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.