FOX Soccer Pairing with No. 12 UCLA Highlights No. 3 Gauchos' Weekend Slate

Javier Castro (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Javier Castro (Photo by Tony Mastres)

Weekly Release No. 5

• The Schedule 
Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 UC Santa Barbara (5-0-1) vs. No. 12 UCLA (4-1-1) 
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
All-time record vs. Bruins: 4-31-3
Last meeting: L, 3-2 (Sept. 16, 2011)
Televised live on FOX Soccer Channel
Broadcast live on KZSB AM 1290
Gameday Central: Audio • Live Stats • Chat

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
No. 3 UC Santa Barbara vs. Harvard (1-3-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
All-time record vs. Crimson: 1-0-1
Last meeting: W, 2-0 (Sept. 17, 2010)
Gameday Central: Audio • Live Stats • Chat

• Lights, Cameras, Gauchos
No. 3 UCSB returns home this weekend for a pair of matches, including Friday's marquee pairing against No. 12 UCLA, which will be televised on FOX Soccer Channel as the NSCAA Game of the Week. On Sunday, the Gauchos will host Harvard as part of an afternoon doubleheader with the UCSB women's team. 

• Watch, Listen, Chat Live
If you live in the Santa Barbara area, FOX Soccer Channel can be found on channel 265 on Cox Cable, channel 149 on Dish Network and channel 613 on Direct TV. For all other areas, check your local listings. If you can't tune into the game, KZSB AM 1290 will be broadcasting the UCLA match-up and the live audio stream of that broadcast, which will feature the Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall, can also be heard online here. A live audio and video stream of Sunday's match with the Crimson can be accessed here. After a successful launch during the Valparaiso match, Gameday Central – the one-stop-shop for all Gaucho match information, including audio, video, Live Stats and a live chat with other fans – will once again be live for both of this weekend's games.  

• Get Your Tickets 
A record crowd is expected, so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, calling (805) 893-UCSB or by clicking here.  

• For The Record
With four weeks of play already behind them, the Gauchos remain unbeaten heading into this week's pair of matches with a 5-0-1 record. This start marks the best by the program since 2004, when UCSB went undefeated through its first 12 matches. 

• Gauchos Garner Highest Ranking Since 2009
The NSCAA Coaches' Poll has ranked UCSB third this week, which is its best ranking from the organization since Oct. 13, 2009. This week marked the release of the first regional polls and UCSB is No. 1 in the Far West. In the other national polls, the Gauchos are ranked third by Soccer Times, are fifth in both the and Soccer America polls, and are ranked ninth in the College Soccer News poll. UCLA's current rankings range from No. 8 to No. 12 and it is currently No. 3 in the Far West region. 

• Gauchos Know Goals
UCSB currently leads the Big West and ranks fourth nationally with its 3.0 goals per game average. Between last weekend's two matches against San Diego and Seattle, UCSB out-scored its opposition, 9-2. In fact, the Gauchos have scored three goals in each of their last three halves played. UCSB has scored two or more goals in each of its games this season and has scored multiple goals in 14 of its last 15 contests, dating back to the 2011 season. 

• Assisted Living
In addition to leading the league in goals, the Gauchos also lead the pack in assists per game (2.67) and rank 11th nationally in total assists. Junior Dom Sarle leads the league with his four assists – ranking eighth in the nation – and his 0.67 assists per game, which is 12th nationally. Sarle tallied three of his four assists last weekend alone, dishing out one against San Diego and a pair – in addition to his goal – in the match-up with Seattle. 

• There's A Rivalry Bruin
No. 12 UCLA enters Friday's match with a 4-1-1 record and a 1-1-1 record in matches against ranked opposition. The Bruins have won their last four matches, all by a one-goal margin. UCLA is the first ranked opponent that the Gauchos will face this season. Over the last 11 years, the teams have created quite the rivalry with the Gauchos positing a 2-3-2 record against the Bruins since 2001. Of the last seven games between the squads, four have been decided by one goal. 

• The Camera Adds Nine Wins
The Gauchos have become a yearly fixture on FOX Soccer and this marks the first of two games this season to be broadcast by the channel; the second will be their Oct. 19 home contest against Cal Poly. UCSB has posted a 9-2-3 all-time record in TV games and has gone 7-2 in FOX Soccer televised pairings. 

• Campion Rakes In The Honors
Junior Achille Campion scored goals in each of the Gauchos' victories last week earning him multiple honors. He was named to the National Team of the Week, selected as the LA Soccer News Player of the Week and also named College Sports Madness' Big West Player of the Week. Campion leads the Gauchos with five goals and 11 total points. His 1.83 points per game average leads all Big West players and ranks 18th among all Division I players. 

• The Vom Steeg File
In his 14th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg is the winningest coach in Big West history. Vom Steeg has posted a 191-72-28 record at the helm of UCSB and a 170-55-27 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 10 years and 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He won Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2005 and 2010 and has produced 17 All-Americans. 

• Welcome Back Gauchos!
UCSB will welcome back former Gauchos as the men's soccer team hosts its Alumni Weekend this Friday through Sunday. The Gaucho alums will be honored during halftime of the UCLA game. For more information on the event, click here