No. 3 Seeded Gauchos Take On No. 2 CSUN in Big West Tournament Thursday

Lynsee Voss (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Lynsee Voss (Photo by Tony Mastres)

This Week
Match No. 19
Big West Tournament Semifinal

Thursday, November 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. CSUN Matadors
at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium
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The Record

UC Santa Barbara enters its semifinal match against CSUN in the Big West Tournament 8-4-6. They completed the Big West regular season with a mark of 4-1-3 and 15 points in the standings, tying with CSUN and Hawai'i for second-place. The Gauchos enter the Big West Tournament as the No. 3 seed because of tiebreakers. CSUN is No. 2 and Hawai'i is No. 4. Cal State Fullerton is the No. 1 seed and will play UH in the other semifinal game.

The Gauchos and Matadors
UCSB and CSUN have played 26 times all-time with the Gauchos holding a 16-9-1 edge. The teams played a regular season match in Northridge on Oct. 17 and the Matadors handed Santa Barbara a 1-0 defeat, its only conference loss of the season. UCSB's last win in the series was a 2-1 decision in 2018.

The Gauchos in the Big West Tournament
UCSB's is making its second consecutive appearance in the Big West Tournament. In their first seven appearances, the Gauchos have a 4-5-3 record with all three of the ties turning into penalty kick victories. In 2008, they tied Cal Poly and Long Beach State, winning both on penalty kicks to earn the conference's automatic NCAA bid. In 2009, after a 2-1 win at CSUN, they again tied Cal Poly 1-1 before winning a shootout and advancing to the program's 10th, and most recent, NCAA Tournament. Last season, UCSB defeated the host school, UC Irvine, 1-0 in a semifinal game before falling to Long Beach State in the championship match, 1-0.

Murison Named Big West Offensive Player of the Year, Five Gauchos Honored
Senior forward Shaelan Murison was named Big West Offensive Player of the Year and she, along with midfielder Lynsee Voss and defender Sophia Dertorossian were named First Team All-Big West. Defender Katherine Sheehy was named Second Team All-Big West and forward Dylan Lewis was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.

Murison Continues to Roll
Senior forward Shaelan Murison continued her scoring binge over the final weekend of the 2019 regular season. In a 3-2 win over UC Riverside, she assisted on one of the Gauchos' goals and then, in the regular season finale against UC Irvine, she scored a goal and assisted on the second in a 2-2 tie. For her two-game effort, Murison was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, all in the last six weeks of the campaign. She has now scored nine of the last 14 Gaucho goals, assisting on the three others. Murison has 17 of the team's 31 goals in 2019, 54.8%. Finally, she has either scored or assisted on 24 of the 31 goals, 77.4%.

Murison Climbs the Stat Lists
Senior forward Shaelan Murison the Big West Tournament with 17 goals and seven assists for 41 points. The 17 goals are the most by a UCSB player since Jennifer Borcich also scored 17 in 2002 and they rank tied for the ninth most in school history. The 41 points scored by the Santa Clara, Calif., native ties her for ninth all-time. In addition, Murison has 34 career goals and 84 career points, ranking sixth in each of those categories. Finally, her 240 career shots rank fourth all-time and her 84 shots this season are the ninth most ever.

Murison Among the National Leaders
Shaelan Murison ranks among the national leaders in several offensive categories. Her 17 goals rank third national, her 41 points rank fourth, her 0.94 goals per game rank fifth and her 4.67 shots per game rank 12th nationally.

A Little Help From Her Friends
Shaelan Murison is having a standout season with 17 goals and seven assists for 41 points, but she hasn't done it alone. Including Murison, 11 different UCSB players have assists on the season and nine players have two or more. Isabella Viana ranks second on the team with five assists, Lauren Moss has three, while Dylan Lewis, Cate Post, Angelica Ortega, Elise Ziem, 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, Ortega and Hess.  

Injured DeWeese is Out vs. CSUN
Senior goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese will miss the Big West Tournament semifinal game against CSUN with an injured left wrist. She injured the wrist in warmups prior to the Nov. 1 win over UC Riverside. Through 16 matches, DeWeese was the only goalkeeper that UCSB had used this season. She logged 1,540 minutes 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 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 was the starter and over that span, she had 10 shutouts, allowed one goal 12 times and two goals eight times. She allowed more than two goals just once, a 3-2 loss at Weber State, and she allowed two or fewer in 28 straight.  

Smith Takes Over
Freshman goalkeeper Evann Smith started UCSB's Nov. 1 match against UC Riverside as Hanna DeWeese's replacement. She then came in after one minute on Nov. 3 against UC Irvine so that DeWeese, a senior, could start her final home match. The Simi Valley native allowed four goals in a 3-2 win over UC Riverside and a 2-2 double overtime tie against UC Irvine for a goals against average of 1.81. Smith posted three saves in each of the contests.

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 deadlock in the regular season finale against UC Irvine, they now have six ties, equaling the school record 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 196 wins and an overall mark of 196-167-50. 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.