UCSB Hosts UC Davis in Big West Tournament Semifinal on Wednesday

Peter Schmetz (By Adam Caira)

Nov. 9 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
Big West Tournament Semifinal
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (13-5-1, 6-4) vs. No. 3 UC Davis (7-7-4, 5-3-2)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series Record vs. Aggies: 16-4-4
Last Meeting: W, 3-1 (Oct. 26, 2011)
Live Stats • Radio Broadcast  

• Prepping For The Postseason
No. 2 seeded UC Santa Barbara will host No. 3 seed UC Davis on Wednesday in a Big West Tournament semifinal match. This marks the fourth season that the conference has held a tournament and the fourth time the Gauchos have hosted a semifinal game. UCSB has advanced to the championship game each of the previous three seasons and is the current defending tournament champion.

• Get Your Tickets!
To purchase your tickets to Wednesday's game, click here. Adult tickets are $10 while youth, students and senior tickets are $5. Students that have purchased Loco Passes can pick up their tickets in the Athletics Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. If you are interested in becoming a Loco Pass member, click here

• Tune In
Wednesday's match – and all other postseason contests – will also be broadcast on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station. Gerry Fall will be calling the play-by-play while Mark Patton will cover the color commentary. Fans can listen online here

• For The Record
UCSB carries a 13-5-1 overall record into Wednesday's match. The Gauchos ended their regular season Big West slate with a 6-4 record, marking their 11th consecutive winning Big West season and the 11th straight season with a top-two finish in league. UCSB is amidst a four-game winning streak and will look to stretch that into a season-best five games on Wednesday.  

• What's At Stake
The winner of Wednesday's match will advance to Saturday's Big West Championship, which will be played against the winner between No. 1 UC Irvine (14-5-1, 6-3-1) and No. 4 UC Riverside (9-5-4, 4-3-3). The highest remaining seed will host the title game and the winner will receive the conference's automatic berth into the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  

• Honors Continue To Roll In For Silva
For the second consecutive week, Luis Silva has been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week and has been placed on the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News Teams of the Week. Silva scored in each of the Gauchos' wins last week and also provided the shot that led to the game-winning own goal in the 3-2 overtime victory at Cal State Northridge. This marks his fourth week being honored by the Big West and College Soccer News. It his third time being named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.   

• Offensive Behavior
The Gaucho offense ranks as one of the best in the nation and in the Big West. The Gauchos are second among all Division I programs with their 43 goals and rank seventh in scoring offense with 2.26 goals per game. UCSB also leads the Big West in points (122), goals and goals per game. In conference play, the Gauchos led all teams with 68 points, 24 goals, 2.40 goals per game, 20 assists and 2.0 assists per game. The 2011 squad is currently tied with the 2005 and 1979 teams for sixth in the UCSB record book in goals scored in a season.  

• Home Sweet Harder
UCSB has posted an 8-2-1 record at Harder Stadium this season and has gone undefeated in 29 of its last 34 home matches. 

• Taking On The Aggies
Wednesday's match marks the third time the Gauchos and Aggies will face-off this season. UCSB won both the previous meetings, defeating UC Davis, 2-1, in overtime in Davis on Oct. 8 and 3-1 at home on Oct. 26. UCSB owns a 16-4-4 record against the Aggies and has won its last six pairings with the team. The Gauchos last loss to UC Davis was a 2-0 defeat on Oct. 11, 2008. 

• A Little More On Luis
Silva is first in the Big West in points (38), points per game (2.11), goals (15), goals per game (.83) and assists (8). The senior is fifth among all Division I players in total points, eighth in goals, ninth in points per game, 10th in goals per game, 13th in total assists and 23rd in assists per game. Silva is busy making his mark in the UCSB record books this season as he currently ranks fourth in career matches (84), fifth in goals in a season (15) and career points (73), sixth in points in a season (38) and career shots (185), seventh in career assists (21) and eighth in career goals (26). He is currently amidst a five-game scoring streak, making him just the fourth Gaucho to accomplish that feat. 

• Garza Calls The Shots
Junior Sam Garza leads the Big West in shots with 70 this season and is second in shots per game with an average of 3.68. In just two seasons with UCSB, the forward already ranks 10th in the Gaucho record book with 147 career shots. The Highland Village, Texas native scored his seventh goal of the season and his third game-winner against Cal Poly. He is second on the team with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists). Garza has scored five of his goals in the last eight games and has recorded a goal or an assist in seven of the last eight games. 

• Dom-ination
Sophomore transfer Dom Sarle has been an incredible addition to the Gaucho offense this season. He is tied with Luis Silva for first on the team with eight assists and is fourth with 12 total points. He is tied first in the Big West in assists and third in assists per game (0.42). Nationally, he ranks 13th in assists and 32nd in assists per game. 

• André The Giant
Junior goalkeeper André Grandt is anchoring a Gaucho defense that has seen more than its fair share of season-ending injuries. He has played every minute in the goal and on Friday, he needed to make just one save on his way to his seventh shutout of the season. Grandt has posted a 1.27 goals against average and owns a .679 saves percentage.  

• RPI Report
The NCAA released its fourth Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the season and the Gauchos are ranked No. 10, up four spots from last week. The RPI helps guide the selection and seeding of the 48-team NCAA Tournament. Five of the seven Big West schools are ranked in the top-50.

• Pulse On The Polls
With consecutive wins last week, the Gauchos continued to move up in the national polls. Soccer America has UCSB ranked No. 13, Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News have the Gauchos at No. 14 and Soccer Times and the NSCAA have them at No. 15.

• Working Overtime
Should Wednesday's game go into extra time – which 11 of the Aggies' games have this season – the Gauchos may be at an advantage. UCSB is undefeated in overtime this year, compiling a 4-0-1 record this season in games extending past 90 minutes. One of those four wins was a 2-1 victory at UC Davis earlier this season (Oct. 8, 2011). The Aggies have compiled a 4-3-4 overtime record and their last two games ended in 1-1 ties.  

• Tale Of Two Halves 
UCSB has allowed 25 goals this season and 19 of those have been in the second half. The Gauchos have allowed just six first half goals. As for their output, the Gauchos are almost evenly split with 19 goals in the first half and 20 scored in the second. UC Davis has done most of its damage in the second half of games, scoring 10 of its goals in the second stanza. The Aggies have scored just four first-half goals. 

• Gauchos In The Big West Tournament
UCSB appeared in each of the previous three Big West Tournaments and has advanced to all three championship games. In 2008, the Gauchos defeated Cal Poly 4-3 in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 tie during the semifinal game. They then lost to UC Irvine, 4-2 in the title game. In 2009, UCSB defeated Cal State Northridge in the semifinal, 1-0, before falling to UC Irvine, 4-1, in the final. Last season, the Gauchos defeated Cal Poly, 2-1, in overtime during the semifinal and then captured the tournament title with a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton.