Gauchos Seeded 15th in NCAA Tournament, Garner First Round Bye

Tim Pontius (By Adam Caira)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team has earned the No. 15 seed into the 2011 NCAA Division I Soccer Championship it was announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon. With the national seed, the Gauchos received a First Round bye and will host a Second Round game on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

UCSB will host the winner of Thursday's First Round game between Providence (10-7-1) and Dartmouth (8-5-4). Providence, which plays in the Big East, garnered an at-large bid into the tournament while Dartmouth qualified for its fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the 2011 Ivy League title. UCSB has never faced either program.

Tickets for Sunday's match are now on sale. Call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or click here to buy now.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, high school and college students.

Students that have purchased Loco Passes can pick up their tickets in the Ticket Office anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a Loco Pass member, click here or sign up at any of this week's home basketball games: men's basketball vs. Santa Clara (Tuesday), women's basketball vs. St. Mary's (Thursday), men's basketball vs. Westmont (Friday), and women's basketball vs. Loyola Marymount (Saturday). 

This marks the Gauchos' 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. UCSB is one of 16 programs in NCAA Division I history to appear in 10 consecutive tournaments and one of six programs – along with Connecticut (1998-2011), Indiana (1987-2011), Maryland (2001-11), UCLA (1983-2011) and Virginia (1981-2011) – that has an active streak of 10 or more straight seasons in the tournament field.

UCSB and league champions UC Irvine represent the Big West Conference in this year's tournament bracket. The Anteaters are seeded eighth.

The Gauchos posted a 14-6-1 overall record during the regular season and finished second in the regular season Big West standings and in the conference tournament. 

UCSB has entered the NCAA Tournament with a national seed four previous years: 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008. The Gauchos advanced to College Cup final in 2004 and won the title in 2006.

Sunday's game will be broadcast live on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station. To listen online, click here

To view the complete bracket for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, click here

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