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Women's Soccer Hosts Big West Home Opener Against Hawai'i

Women's Soccer Hosts Big West Home Opener Against Hawai'i

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2022) – UC Santa Barbara Women's Soccer (0-1, 1-6-3) is back in action this evening as they take on the University of Hawai'I Wahine for its Big West home opener. During this game, the team will honor the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation while showing its appreciation for teachers. 

The Gauchos were on their home pitch as they took on the Tigers of the University of the Pacific. The team in white scored first, causing UC Santa Barbara to play from behind early in the game. However, a goal from Meg Burling in the second half of the game gave her team the equalizer to come out of its final non-conference contest with a tie. 

Hawai'i grabbed its first Big West win of the season at home against UC Davis, defeating the Aggies 1-0.

Two sophomores have the most points for the Wahine. Krista Peterson and Amber Gilbert have eight and six points, respectively. Along with those two, senior Kelci Sumida has had a big impact on the team. Between the three of them, they have six of the team's seven goals and seven of the team's 10 assists.

Gilbert also leads the conference and is 37th in the NCAA when it comes to game-winning goals, as she currently has two on the year. Along with Gilbert, Sumida has one of the most accurate shots in the NCAA. She is No. 1 in the Big West and 68th in the NCAA with her shot as she has a .583 shot accuracy percentage.

The defense for the Wahine is led by two upperclassmen: junior Sophie Augustin and senior Lauren Marquez. They have a combined 1.000 goals-against average while boasting a .806 save percentage. This defense also has two shutouts on the year, both of which happened on their home pitch.

The Wahine are coach by Michele Nagamine, who is in her 15th season with the team.

First kick will take place at Harder Stadium on UC Santa Barbara's campus beginning at 7 p.m. this evening. ESPN+ will be the home of the live stream while live stats will also be available.