October 13, 2011

Gauchos Look to Stay Hot at Cal Poly on Friday

Oct. 14 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (9-3-1, 2-2) at Cal Poly (5-5-2, 2-2)
at Alex G. Spanos Stadium
Series Record vs. Mustangs: 42-14-5
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 (OT) - Nov. 10, 2010
Live Stats • Live Audio  

• Central Coast Battle
UCSB will head north on Highway 101 this Friday to face Big West rival Cal Poly in a 7 p.m. match-up at the Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The Gauchos, who are riding a three-game winning streak, will look to snap a two match winless streak in San Luis Obispo.  

• Tune In
Tune into AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station, for a live broadcast of Friday's game. Gerry Fall will be calling the play-by-play while Mark Patton will cover the color commentary. AM 1290 will air all of the Gauchos' remaining games, including postseason games. To listen online, click here.

• For The Record
UCSB has won its last three consecutive matches and most recently decimated Cal State Fullerton with a 6-0 victory on Tuesday night. The Gauchos now hold a 9-3-1 overall record and are 2-2 in Big West play. 

• Taming The Mustangs
UCSB owns a 42-14-5 all-time record against Cal Poly and went 2-1 during its 2010 series with the Mustangs. The rivalry between the two programs has heated up over the past four seasons with the Gauchos owning a slight 5-2-3 edge in the series since 2007. Six of the last 10 contests with Cal Poly have been decided by one goal and six of the games went into overtime. The Gauchos' last two visits to Spanos Stadium resulted in a loss (Oct. 27, 2010) and a tie (Nov. 4, 2009). Their last win in San Luis Obispo was on Oct. 17, 2008.  

• Honors Continue To Pile Up For Silva
Senior midfielder Luis Silva has picked up two more national honors since Monday's press release. The Los Angeles, Calif. native was named the College Soccer 360 Primetime Player of the Week and was awarded with Soccer America National Team of the Week honors on Wednesday. He had already been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week in addition to earning Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Team of the Week accolades. The Los Angeles, Calif. native scored the game-winner just 33 seconds into overtime during the Gauchos' upset of Akron. It was his second goal in the match after scoring in the 64th minute to tie the game at 1-1. In Saturday's win over the Aggies, Silva assisted James Kiffe's goal in the 11th minute, which put the Gauchos ahead early, 1-0. 

• A Little More On Luis
Silva may see his name on all of the same lists next week after his showing against Fullerton on Tuesday. The senior tallied two goals and a pair of assists against the Titans. Silva leads UCSB with 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists) and is also the Big West leader for points, points per game (1.83), goals, goals per game (0.75), shots (46) and shots per game (3.83). 

• Sam Goes Shooting
Despite leading UCSB for goals last season, junior Sam Garza had not scored a game-winner while playing with the Gauchos. Now he has scored two game-clinchers in as many games. Against UC Davis on Saturday, he secured the game for the Gauchos in overtime and on Tuesday against the Titans, he scored the first goal in the 16th minute. Garza currently ranks second in the Big West – behind Silva – for shots (44) and is third for shots per game (3.38). 

• Happy To Help You
Senior James Kiffe has emerged as quite the playmaker for the Gauchos. In the last three matches he has posted seven of his nine points this season. After tallying two assists against Akron, he scored a goal and set-up Garza's game-winner against UC Davis. On Tuesday, he once again dished out two assists in the win over Fullerton. He and Dom Sarle are tied for second in the league for assists (5) and third for assists per game (0.38). Sarle has also been on a roll as of late, posting four points across the last three games. 

• Now That's Efficient
Sophomore David Opoku contributed two goals on Tuesday in just 45 minutes of work. The forward started the second half and scored in the 65th and 87th minutes. Opoku nearly had the chance for a hat trick, but the Fullerton goalkeeper made a brilliant save on his penalty kick in the 81st minute. The forward is second on the team with 16 points (7 goals, 2 assists) and second in the Big West for goals and goals per game (0.54). 

• Serving Up Shutouts
Junior goalkeeper André Grandt posted his conference-leading sixth shutout on Tuesday. His 0.46 shutouts per game average also leads the league. Grandt has played every minute in goal for the Gauchos and has posted a .736 saves percentage and a 1.05 goals against average.  

• Pulse On The Polls
After knocking off then-ranked No. 3 Akron last week, UCSB has moved up in all of the national polls. The Gauchos have moved up three spots to No. 12 in the Soccer America poll, which is their top ranking this week. They are ranked No. 13 by College Soccer News and the NSCAA, No. 14 by Soccer Times and No. 15 by Top Drawer Soccer. 

• The Vom Steeg File
In his 13th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg is the winningest coach in Big West history. Vom Steeg has posted a 180-69-26 record at the helm of UCSB and a 159-51-25 record since the program rejoined the Big West in 2001. Vom Steeg is also the winningest coach in UCSB men's soccer history and has turned the Gauchos into an annual national title contender. The 2004 and 2006 NSCAA National Coach of the Year, Vom Steeg guided the Gauchos to the NCAA title in 2006 and the championship game in 2004. He has guided UCSB to five Big West titles in the past nine years and nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He won Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2005 and 2010 and has produced 16 All-Americans.