UCSB Plays Fresno State at Home Friday, Hits the Road for Loyola Marymount Sunday

Jessica Wright (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Jessica Wright (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Match No. 7
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Fresno State Bulldogs
at UCSB's Harder Stadium
Video Stream: BigWest.tv
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

Match No. 8
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Loyola Marymount Lions
at LMU's Sullivan Field
Video Stream: LMULions.com
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

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Gauchos Host Fresno State, Travel to Loyola Marymount
UC Santa Barbara will host Fresno State on Friday before beginning a stretch of three straight road matches with a contest at Loyola Marymount on Sunday. The Bulldogs will bring a 3-1-1 record into their game against the Gauchos. Historically, UCSB is 5-6-1 against FSU, including a 2-1 win in 2018. The Gauchos have gone 2-6-4 all-time against LMU. The last time the teams played, in 2017, they tied at 1-1.

The Record
UCSB enters its match against Fresno State on Sept. 20 with a record of 1-2-3. The Gauchos went 0-1-1 last weekend, tying Grand Canyon and falling to No. 2 Stanford, 1-0. They have four non-conference matches remaining, three of which will be on the road. Santa Barbara opens Big West Conference play at home on Sunday, Oct. 6 when it hosts Long Beach State at 1:00 p.m.

DeWeese Named Big West Defensive Player of the Week After Outstanding Performances
Senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese played probably the best match of her career on Sunday, Sept. 15 as UCSB fell to No. 2 Stanford, 1-0. The Cardinal needed a goal in the 78th minute to secure the win, but they outshot the Gauchos 23-1 and if not for DeWeese, things could have been worse. The senior from Carlsbad, Calif., recorded a career-high eight saves, including one on a first half penalty kick and several others in spectacular fashion, to earn her second Big West Defensive Player of the Week award. In addition to the eight saves against Stanford, DeWeese had three in a 1-1 overtime time against Grand Canyon. On the season, she now has a goals against average of 0.90 and 24 saves. She has yet to allow more than two goals in any one match this season and, in fact, dating back to 2018, she has allowed two or fewer goals in 21 of 22 appearances, including the last 19 in a row. Over that span, DeWeese has recorded seven complete game shutouts.

Murison Continues to Add to Goal Total
Senior forward Shaelan Murison was named to the Preseason All-Big West Conference Team and she wasted no time showing why as she scored the team's first goal of the season less than two minutes into the season opener against Minnesota. In the UCSB's 3-0 win at Idaho on Sept. 8, she scored the team's third goal, her second of the season, on a beautiful header off a perfect free kick from Emma Vanderhyden. She added another goal on a header in a 1-1 overtime tie with Grand Canyon. Murison, who scored 10 goals in 2018 and was named First Team All-Big West, has now tallied 20 career goals, nine assists and 49 points. Her goal against Grand Canyon moved her into a tie with Kiersten Taub for 12th in school history. Her 49 points moved her past Jaqui Simon and into 15th all-time. Murison's 25 shots on the year are 38.5% of the team's total and her 11 shots on goal are 39.3%.

In Defense of the Gauchos
Through six matches in 2019, UCSB's Defense has been solid. The Gauchos have allowed just six goals in 600 minutes of action, a goals against average of 0.90. Led by seniors Sophia Dertorossian and Katherine Sheehy, junior transfer Emma Vanderhyden and sophomores Elise Ziem and Lauren Hess, Santa Barbara has allowed just 64 shots in its six matches. In fact, if you don't include the 23-shot performance by No. 2 Stanford, the opposition had just 41 shots in the five other matches, an average of just over eight per match.

UCSB Fit to be Tied
In 2018, the UCSB women's soccer team didn't record a tie until the final regular season match at Cal Poly. In 2019, it didn't take the Gauchos as long to register their first tie. In fact, two games into the year, they had a pair of ties and now, six games in, they have three ties, two more than all of last season.

UCSB-Montana Match Cancelled
On Sept. 6 UCSB and the University of Montana battled through a scoreless first half in Missoula. At that point, lightning strikes caused a delay and, ultimately, the cancellation of the remainder of the match. It was the first time in program history that a Gaucho game was called because of weather.

The Stumpf File
Paul Stumpf is in his 21st season as UCSB's head coach. He currently possesses a school record 189 wins and an overall mark of 189-165-47. Stumpf is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year (1999 and 2015), he has guided the program to two NCAA Tournaments, coached six Big West Offensive Players of the Year and three Big West Freshmen of the Year. Including his one season as an assistant coach at UCSB, he has been with the program for 22 seasons.