October 21, 2011

UCSB Seeks Redemption Against Riverside

Oct. 22 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (9-4-1, 2-3) vs. UC Riverside (7-5-2, 2-3-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series Record vs. Highlanders: 21-3-1
Last Meeting: L, 3-1 (Sept. 28, 2011)
Live Stats • Radio Broadcast  

• Saturday Night Live
Following its longest hiatus of the season – seven days without a game – UC Santa Barbara will resume Big West action on Saturday when the Gauchos host UC Riverside at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. UCSB will be looking for some retribution after dropping its league opener to the Highlanders last month. 

• Tune In
Tune into AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station, for a live broadcast of Saturday'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 contests. Listen online by clicking here

• Get Your Tickets
To purchase your tickets to Saturday's game, visit the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or purchase online here. The Ticket Office is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

• For The Record
The Gauchos had their three-match win streak snapped last Friday at Cal Poly, as they were edged out, 2-1, by the Mustangs. With the loss, UCSB dropped to 9-4-1 on the season and 2-3 in Big West play. 

• Wild, Wild Big West
The conference race has been a wild one thus far with each team suffering at least two Big West losses. Halfway through their conference slate, the Gauchos are currently in sixth place (2-3, 6 points) with a game in hand due to a bye on Wednesday. UC Irvine and UC Davis, which are both 4-2, are tied for first with 12 points. In the last 10 years, UCSB has never finished lower than second-place in the Big West regular season conference standings. 

• RPI Report
The NCAA released its first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the season and the Gauchos are ranked No. 14. The RPI helps guide the selection and seeding of the NCAA Tournament. All seven Big West schools are ranked in the top-80 and current conference-leader UC Irvine ranks fourth. 

• Honing In On The Highlanders
After defeating the Gauchos on Sept. 28, UC Riverside suffered through a four-game winless streak, before snapping it with a 2-1 victory against Northridge on Wednesday. UCR has scored just four goals across its last five games while giving up 13. The last time the two teams met, UCR broke a halftime tie with two second half goals and came out with a 3-1 victory. The Highlanders have never won a match at Harder Stadium. 

• Hi Ho Silva
Senior Luis Silva is having a standout season as he paces the Gauchos offensively with 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists). In last week's victory over Cal State Fullerton, Silva posted two goals and two assists, marking his third multiple goal game of the year. In addition to leading the Big West in points, goals, points per game (1.69) goals per game (0.69) and shot per game (3.62), Silva ranks 19th in the nation in points and goals and is 20th in points per game and goals per game. The midfielder is two assists away from cracking the Big West and UCSB career top-10 lists, he currently has 17. He is well on his way to making several other marks in the Gaucho record book. Silva already ranks seventh in career shots (166), is tied for 10th in career matches (79), is three goals from making the career goals list (20) and two points from the career points top-10 (57). 

• Garza Gains Momentum
The 2010 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Sam Garza, has hit his stride since league games have gotten underway. Prior to Big West play, he had scored just two goals. In the last three contests, the junior has tallied three goals, including the game-winners in both Big West victories (UCD and Fullerton). Garza leads the league in total shots (48) and his 3.43 shots per game average ranks third.  

• Offensive Behavior
UCSB ranks 11th nationally with its 29 goals scored this season. The Gauchos, meanwhile, rank 20th in scoring offense with a 2.07 goals per game average. 

• Home Sweet Harder
The Gauchos have posted a 6-1-1 record at Harder Stadium this season. UCSB has lost just one game in its last 18 contests at home: a 2-0 defeat to UC Irvine (Oct. 1). 

• Happy To Help You
Sophomore Dom Sarle tallied his team-leading sixth assist in last week's match against Cal Poly. The forward ranks third in the Big West in assists and assists per game (0.43). Nationally, he ranks 24th in assists and 44th in assists per game. Teammate James Kiffe is second on the squad with five assists and ranks sixth in the Big West. Three of his five helpers have been in league contests. 

• Pulse On The Polls
Following last week's loss to Cal Poly, UCSB has fallen in several of the weekly polls. The Gauchos' highest ranking is No. 15 by Soccer America, down three spots from last week. They have also dropped three spots to No. 16 in the College Soccer News and NSCAA polls. UCSB is ranked No. 17 by Soccer Times and No. 18 by Top Drawer Soccer. 

• Home Sweet Harder
Once again, UCSB is leading the nation in attendance with its current average of 5,033 fans per game. The Gauchos have hosted the top crowd so far this season with 13,772 fans attending the San Diego game and the crowd of 5,417 during the UC Irvine match-up ranks ninth nationally.

• 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 180-70-26 record at the helm of UCSB and a 159-52-25 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. 

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