UC Santa Barbara enters its match against UC Riverside with an overall record of 7-4-5, a Big West mark of 3-1-2 and 11 points in the conference standings, good for a third-place tie with Hawai'i, whom the Gauchos defeated in their last game 4-1. Cal State Fullerton and CSUN are in first and second-place respectively as the final weekend approaches. A win in either of the final two matches this weekend would assure UCSB a spot in the Big West Tournament. Santa Barbara has an all-time record of 13-6-0 against UC Riverside, including a 1-0 victory on the road last season. The Highlanders enter Friday's match with a 3-12-1 overall record and a 1-5-0 mark in league play. UC Irvine, the Gauchos' opponent on Sunday, is currently 4-11-1 overall, 3-2-1 in the Big West and with 10 points, one point out of the tournament race. The Anteaters will play at Cal Poly on Nov. 1, prior to their visit to Harder Stadium. The Gauchos are 21-11-2 all-time against the Irvine. Last season, the teams split a pair of matches with the Anteaters winning a 2-1 regular season matchup and UCSB avenging that defeat with a 1-0 win on the road in the Big West Tournament.
Seniors Play Final Home Matches
Six UCSB seniors will play their final home matches for the Gauchos this weekend. Goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese, defenders Katherine Sheehy, Sophia Dertorossian and Sophia Villalta, midfielder Lynsee Voss, and forward Shaelan Murison will each be recognized prior to Sunday's game against UC Irvine.
Murison Continues to Roll
Senior forward Shaelan Murison logged her second hat trick of the season and third of her career when she tallied three of UCSB's four goals in the Oct. 27 win at Hawai'i. She also scored the team's only goal in its 1-1 tie at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 24. For her two-game effort, Murison was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, all in the last five weeks. She has now scored eight of the last nine Gaucho goals, assisting on the ninth, and 12 of their last 16. Overall, she has 16 of the team's 26 goals in 2019, 61.5%, and she has not only scored or assisted on the last nine goals, but 16 of the last 17 and 21 of 26 this season.
Murison Climbs the Stat Lists
Senior forward Shaelan Murison enters her final home weekend with 16 goals and five assists for 37 points. The 16 goals are the most by a UCSB player since Jennifer Borcich scored 17 in 2002 and they rank as the 10th most in school history. The Santa Clara, Calif., native needs four points to move into the top-10 for a single season in that category as well. In addition, Murison has 33 career goals and 80 career points, ranking sixth and seventh respectively in those categories. Finally, her 234 career shots rank fifth all-time and she needs just three to move into fourth.
Murison Among the National Leaders
Shaelan Murison ranks among the national leaders in several offensive categories. Her 16 goals, 1.00 goals per match and 37 total points are tied for fourth. She also ranks fifth in points per game (2.31), ninth in shots per game (4.88) and 14th in shots on goal per game (2.25).
A Little Help From Her Friends
Shaelan Murison is having a standout season with 16 goals and five assists for 37 points, but she hasn't done it alone. Including Murison, 11 different UCSB players have assists on the season and seven players have two or more. Isabella Viana ranks second on the team with four assists, while Dylan Lewis, Cate Post, Lauren Moss, Lauren Hess and Emma Vanderhyden each have two. In fact, nine different players have assisted on goals by Murison, including three by Viana and two each by Vanderhyden, Moss and Hess.
DeWeese Still Flying Solo in Goal for the Gauchos
Through 16 matches, senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese remains the only goalkeeper that UCSB has used this season. DeWeese has logged 1,540 minutes this season, allowing 15 goals for a goals against average of 0.94, the third 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 six 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 12 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 28 straight.
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 1-1 deadlock on Oct. 24 at Cal State Fullerton, they now have five ties, equaling the second most in school history. The 2017 team also had five ties, one short of the school record of six set during the 2006 campaign.
The Stumpf File
Paul Stumpf is in his 21st season as UCSB's head coach. He currently possesses a school record 195 wins and an overall mark of 195-167-49. 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.