November 23, 2011

UCSB Heads to Creighton for NCAA Third Round

Nov. 27 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
NCAA Tournament Third Round
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 - 11 a.m. (PT)
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (15-6-1) at No. 2 Creighton (19-2)
at Morrison Stadium
Series Record vs. Bluejays: 0-1
Last Meeting: L, 1-0 (Sept. 7, 2010)
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• Omaha On Our Minds
No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round with a 3-2 victory over visiting Providence this past Sunday. The Gauchos will face No. 2 seeded Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Bluejays' Morrison Stadium. 

• Tune In Or Watch Live
All of UCSB's postseason contests will be broadcast on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station. Fans can listen online and also watch a live video stream of the match here

• For The Record
The Gauchos enter Sunday's match with a 15-6-1 overall record. UCSB has won six of its last seven matches. Creighton, meanwhile, carries a 19-2 overall record into the Third Round and has won its last nine matches and has not been scored on in its last eight. The Bluejays currently hold a pristine 12-0 record on their home pitch. 

• Terrific Trio
The threesome of Luis Silva, Josue Madueno and Dom Sarle helped lead UCSB to its 3-2 Second Round victory over Providence. Each scored and tallied an assist to help the Gauchos advance to their sixth NCAA Third Round appearance. For his part in the win, Madueno was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. 

• Offensive Behavior
If the Gauchos have shown one thing this season, it's that they can flat out score. UCSB ranks third in the nation in total goals (50) and fifth in goals per game (2.27). In the UCSB record book, this year's squad ranks fifth in goals in a season and goals per match average.

• Battling The Bluejays
While UCSB boasts one of the nation's most explosive offenses, Creighton touts the best defense as the Bluejays lead all programs with their 0.19 goals against average and 0.81 shutout percentage. Creighton has allowed just four goals this season and has not been scored on since Oct. 15 when they defeated UC Irvine, 3-1. On the flip side, UCSB has been shutout just twice this season and not since a 2-0 loss against UC Irvine (Oct. 1), a span of 12 games. UCSB has scored two or more goals in 17 of its 22 games, including its last eight contests. 

• Gauchos Know Goals
While on the subject of Gaucho goal scoring, its worth mentioning that UCSB broke a streak on Sunday. Entering the match with the Friars, UCSB had a streak of five-straight NCAA Tournament games in which it had scored just one goal dating back to the 2009 season. In fact, the last time the Gauchos scored three times in an NCAA Tournament game was in a 4-3 double overtime loss to Ohio State in the 2007 Third Round.

• The Quarterfinals Await
The winner of Sunday's match will advance to play the winner between seventh-seeded South Florida and No. 10 New Mexico. The quarterfinal match will take place between Dec. 2-4 and will be hosted by the higher seeded team. 

• Tale Of Two Halves 
UCSB has allowed 31 goals this season and 23 of those have been in the second half. In fact, 22 of those goals have come after the 60th minute, including 14 goals after the 70th minute and eight scored after the 80th. The Gauchos have allowed just seven first half goals. As for its output, UCSB is almost evenly split with 22 goals in the first half and 24 scored in the second. 

• Hi Ho Silva
Luis Silva will go down as one of the best players in UCSB history. The senior currently ranks third in the nation in total points (44), fifth in goals (17) and points per game (2.1), seventh in total assists (10), ninth in goals per game (0.81), and 12th in assists per game (0.48). With his 17th goal of the season and 10th assist against Providence, he has tied Rob Friend for first in the UCSB record book in points in a season. He currently ranks second in career matches (87), fourth in career points (79) and goals in a season (17), fifth in career shots (196), sixth in career assists (22) and career goals (28), and eighth in shots in a season (77). Silva has had at least one point in 14 of the Gauchos' games this year and has had a goal or an assist in 10 of the last 12 contests. He has scored in six of the last seven contests. 

• Getting Dom-inated
Sophomore transfer Dom Sarle has been an incredible addition to the Gaucho offense this season. He is second on the team in assists with nine, fourth in total points with 17. Sarle's fourth goal of the season was scored on Sunday and proved to be the game-winner, marking his second of the year. The forward currently ranks 14th nationally in total assists and 30th in assists per game (0.41). 

• Don't Mess With Texas
Highland Village, Texas native Sam Garza is second on the team with 20 points and is tied second with David Opoku in goals (8). The junior forward has tallied a goal or an assist in eight of the last 11 contests. Garza leads the Gauchos with his 78 shots, which ranks seventh in the UCSB record book. His 155 career shots rank ninth in Gaucho lore. Garza is second on the team with three game-winning goals; Opoku has four. 

• Working Overtime
UCSB has seen six of its games go into extra time this season and the Gauchos have posted a 4-1-1 record  in those contests. Across their 10 NCAA appearances, the Gauchos have had nine contests extend into overtime and have a 3-4-2 record in those games. Creighton has gone into overtime just twice this season and has posted a 2-0 record in those contests. 

• Super Streak
This marks the Gauchos' 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Only 16 programs – including UCSB – have ever put together a string of 10 or more tournament appearances. Currently, UCSB is one of six teams amidst an active streak of 10 or more appearances along with Connecticut (14), Indiana (25), Maryland (11), UCLA (28) and Virginia (30). 

• Seven Gauchos Earn All-Big West Distinction
Last week, the Big West Conference doled out its year-end awards. Senior Luis Silva was named the Big West Midfielder of the Year and senior James Kiffe earned Big West Defender of the Year honors. Silva became the Gauchos' fourth Midfielder of the Year and third straight. Kiffe is the program's eighth Defender of the Year and third straight. Silva and Kiffe were joined on the All-Big West First Team by junior forward Sam Garza and senior defender Tim Pontius. Sophomore defender Peter Schmetz, junior midfielder Josue Madueno and sophomore forward Dom Sarle each earned Honorable Mention accolades. 


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