Gauchos Debut in Pair of Exhibition Matches This Week

Amanda Ball
Amanda Ball

• This Week
Exhibition Match No. 1
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Westmont College Warriors
At UCSB's Harder Stadium 

Exhibition Match No. 2
Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. North Texas Mean Green
At UCSB's Harder Stadium

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 11-6-2 and a Big West Conference mark of 2-5-1. After jumping out to a sterling 10-1-1 record through their first 12 matches, the Gauchos faltered in league play, finishing the year by going 1-5-1 over their final seven matches. 

• Stumpf Returns for 19th Season
Head coach Paul Stumpf is returning for his 19th season at the helm of the UCSB women's soccer program. He has recorded more coaching victories than any coach in the history of the program with 169. His overall record, through 18 seasons, is 169-148-39. Over the last two seasons Stumpf has led the program to a 24-12-3 record. He is a two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, having earned the honor in 1999 and 2015.

• Ball Leads Returnees for UCSB
Amanda Ball, a First Team All-Big West and Second Team All-Far West selection, had 10 goals and one assist for 21 points to lead the Gauchos as a junior. She became the first UCSB player in several years to record a hat trick when she tallied three scores in a season-opening win over Fresno State. Ball scored all of her goals in the first 13 matches of the season and she missed the final two contests with an injured ankle. Through her first three seasons in Santa Barbara, she has scored 17 goals and four assists for 38 points in just 40 matches. 

• Three Other Double-Figure Scorers Return
In addition to Amanda Ball, UCSB will return three other players who scored 10 points apiece in 2016. Juniors Mallory Hromatko and Maddie Gibson, and sophomore Shaelan Murison will also be back in the fold. Hromatko, an Honorable Mention All-Big West choice, and Shaelan Murison, a Big West All-Freshman Team selection, each scored four goals and two assists for 10 points. Murison scored three of her goals in a win over Texas-San Antonio, becoming the first Gaucho freshman to record a hat trick in 15 years. Gibson finished with two goals and a team-high six assists for her 10 points. 

• On the Other End of the Field
In addition to returning its top four scorers from the 2016 season, UCSB welcomes back a handful of its top defensive players. Senior Kate Shoemaker, a three-year starter, should again be a staple in the starting lineup. Junior Ryan Kokoska is back for her third season as a starter on the back line. Along with the pair of starters, the Gauchos also return junior Marissa Savoldi (13 matches), sophomore Sophia Dertorossian (12 matches) and junior Eva Buechler (7 matches) and each of them could see their roles increase. 

• In the Middle of Things
UCSB's midfield is one of its most experienced areas and senior Chace Schornstein is its most experienced midfielder. Schornstein, a two-time All-Big West player, has played in 57 matches through her first three seasons, starting 56 and scoring six goals. Juniors Maddie Gibson and Sydney Magnin each started all 19 games in the midfield for the 2016 Gauchos. Gibson led the team with six assists while Magnin added one goal and three assists. Jessica Clegg (11 games, 8 starts) is also in the midfield mix. 

• Duo to Battle for Goalkeeper Spot
It looks like there will be two players battling for the starting goalkeeper spot in 2016. Junior Brittney Rogers is the returning starter. As a sophomore, Rogers played in 16 matches, all starts. She logged 1361 minutes and finished with a 0.73 goals against average and 44 saves. She was part of seven shutouts for the 2016 Gauchos. Competing with Rogers for playing time in goal will be Maddie Julian, a graduate transfer from Cal. Julian redshirted the 2016 campaign in Berkeley. In her three seasons of activity she logged 142 minutes and a goals against average of 0.63. She was credited with a complete match shutout of Washington State in which she made four saves.

• Gauchos Face Challenging 2017 Schedule
After opening the season with a pair of home exhibition matches, UCSB will play its regular season opener at Harder Stadium as well. The Gauchos will host Idaho to kick things off for real on Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:00 p.m. At that point, they will hit the road for five consecutive matches. They will play at San Jose State (Aug. 20), at UCLA (Aug. 27), at Minnesota (Sept. 1), vs. Iowa in Minneapolis (Sept. 3) and at Grand Canyon. Following the game at Grand Canyon, UCSB will play six of its next seven contests at home, including four of its final five non-conference matches. The Gauchos open Big West play by hosting UC Riverside and UC Irvine on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 respectively. To view the entire 2017 schedule, please click here.