Gauchos Hit the Road for Pair of Key Big West Matches

Dylan Lewis (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Dylan Lewis (Photo by Jeff Liang)

This Week
Match No. 15
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
at CSUF's Titan Stadium
Live Stats:
Video: ESPN3

Match No. 16
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (PDT)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine
at UH's Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium
Live Stats:
Video Stream:

Gauchos-Titans on ESPN3
Thursday's UCSB-Cal State Fullerton 

The Record

UCSB enters its match at Cal State Fullerton with an overall record of 6-4-4 and a Big West mark of 2-1-1. After opening league play with back-to-back wins over Long Beach State and UC Davis, the Gauchos fell at CSUN and then battled Cal Poly to a 2-2 tie in their last match on Sunday. Santa Barbara has an all-time record of 12-14-1 against Cal State Fullerton, including a 2-1 victory last season. The Titans enter Thursday's match with an 10-2-3 overall record and a 3-0-2 mark in league play. Hawai'i, UCSB's opponent on Sunday, is currently 5-6-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the Big West. The Gauchos are 8-5-0 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine, including a 1-0 win in 2018.

Murison Continues to Roll
Senior forward Shaelan Murison scored both of UCSB's goals in its 2-2 tie with Cal Poly on Oct. 20, giving her a Big West-leading 12 on the season. Combined with her four assists, Murison has now produced 28 points, also tops in the conference. Her 12 goals are the most by a Gaucho player since 2004 when Jennifer Borcich had 15. In her career, the Santa Clara, Calif., native has totaled 29 goals, 13 assists and 71 points. Her goal total is tied with Kailyn Kugler for seventh in school history while her total points rank 11th in school history, two behind Kugler. Murison has scored the team's last four goals and nine of its last 13 over an eight-match span and during that time she was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week twice. On the season, she has scored 57.1% of the team's goals.

Murison Among the National Leaders
Shaelan Murison is having another standout season for UCSB and it shows in her national rankings. The Gaucho senior ranks 11th national in goals per game at 0.86, 11th in points per game at 2.00, tied for 12th in overall goals with 12, 11th in shots on goal per game at 2.21 and eighth in shots per game at 4.86.

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 with a 2-2 tie in Sundays game against Cal Poly, they now have four, their second highest total over the last 12 years. 

DeWeese Still Flying Solo in Goal for the Gauchos
Through 14 matches, senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese remains the only goalkeeper that UCSB has used this season. DeWeese has logged 1,340 minutes this season, allowing 13 goals for a goals against average of 0.87, the best mark in the Big West Conference. She had her fifth complete game shutout in the team's conference opening win over Long Beach State and, for the second time this season, she saved a penalty kick to save the day for the Gauchos. DeWeese's other save on a PK came in a 1-0 loss to No. 2 Stanford. In addition to her five shutouts, she has allowed one goal four times and two goals five times. Since she entered the Gauchos' match at Cal last season, the team's sixth of the year, she has been the starter and, over that span, she has 10 shutouts, has allowed one goal 10 times and two goals eight times. She has allowed more than two goals just once, a 3-2 loss at Weber State, and she has allowed two or fewer in 26 straight.  

Defenders Pile Up the Minutes
UCSB has six players that have played 1,000 or more of the team's 1,340 minutes this season and four of them are defenders. Aside from goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese, Sophia Dertorossian has the most minutes of any Gaucho with 1,253. Katherine Sheehy (1,112) is third among field players, while Elise Ziem (1,009) and Emma Vanderhyden (1,005) are also over 1,000. Ziem has missed one match this season while Vanderhyden has missed three full matches.

The Stumpf File
Paul Stumpf is in his 21st season as UCSB's head coach. He currently possesses a school record 194 wins and an overall mark of 194-167-48. 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.