Men's Soccer Blue-Green Rivalry Renewed in Front of FOX Soccer Cameras on Friday

Austin Mansker
Austin Mansker

Weekly Release No. 10

• The Schedule 

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.
No. 16 UC Santa Barbara (9-2-3, 3-2-1) vs. Cal Poly (8-5-1, 3-2-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
All-time record vs. Mustangs: 43-15-5
Last meeting: W, 2-0 (Nov. 4, 2012)
Streak: Won 1
Televised by FOX Soccer Channel
Gameday Central: Video • Audio • Live Stats • Chat 

• Rivalry Renewed
UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly will meet for the first of two matches this season between the Central Coast rivals in a FOX Soccer Channel televised match on Friday at 8 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The first 1,000 fans in the gates will receive a car flag.  

• Get Your Tickets 
To ensure you don't miss out on the biggest rivalry game in college soccer, purchase your tickets by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, calling (805) 893-UCSB or by clicking here.     

• Watch or Listen 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 Friday's 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. Gameday Central – the one-stop-shop for all Gaucho match information, including audio, Live Stats and a live chat with other fans – will once again be live for Friday's match.

• For The Record
The Gauchos snapped a two-game losing skid on Tuesday evening by handing Sacramento State – which is currently first in the Big West standings – its first conference loss of the season. UCSB improved to 9-2-3 on the season and 3-2-1 in league matches. 

• How The Big West Was Won
With the win over the Hornets on Tuesday, the Gauchos helped tighten the Big West's North Division standings. UCSB and Cal Poly currently are tied for third with 10 points and trail second-place UC Davis by two and Sacramento State by three points. The top-two teams in the division will advance to the Big West Tournament, which will be played Nov. 7 and 10. 

• Pulse on the Polls
The Gauchos have dropped in each of the national polls this week following the loss to UC Davis last Saturday. They are ranked 13th by College Soccer News (previously No. 8), 15th by (No. 9), 16th by the NSCAA (No. 8), 19th by Soccer Times (No. 10) and 23rd by Soccer America (No. 11). The Gauchos have also dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 in the NSCAA's Far West Region rankings. 

• RPI Report
The NCAA's Rating Percentage Index, which weighs many factors and helps determine the selections and seeding of the NCAA Tournament was released for the first time this season on Monday. The Gauchos currently rank 65th. 

• The Biggest Rivalry in College Soccer
The UCSB-Cal Poly rivalry has been dubbed the best in the country by College Soccer News and for good reason. Over the past five seasons, the pairings between the teams have resulted in nine of 25 of the largest regular season crowds in NCAA history. The largest crowd to come out to a Cal Poly and UCSB match-up was 13,822 fans on Nov. 4, 2011 at Harder Stadium, which was also a televised pairing by FOX Soccer Channel. 

• The Series
UCSB leads the all-time series 43-15-5 against Cal Poly. The series between the teams has been tightly contested over the last several years as seven of the last 12 pairings have been decided by one goal, while another three have ended in a tie. Five of the last 12 match-ups have also extended into overtime. Over the past 14 years, Cal Poly has been unable to knock-off the Gauchos at Harder Stadium - a streak of 14 games that UCSB will look to extend on Friday. 

• Lights, Cameras, Gauchos!
The Gauchos have become a yearly fixture on FOX Soccer and this marks the second game this season to be broadcast by the channel. UCSB has posted a 9-2-4 all-time record in TV games and has gone 7-2-1 in FOX Soccer televised pairings.

• Nationwide Leaders
After hosting the highest-attended match nationally of the season on Sept. 21 against UCLA (7,542 fans), UCSB topped itself against UC Irvine on Oct. 5 as 7,822 people visited Harder Stadium for the pairing with the Anteaters. The Gauchos – who have led the nation in attendance the past five seasons – are averaging 4,934 fans per game. 

• Darn Good Defense
The UCSB defense currently leads the Big West with the fewest goals allowed (11) and the best goals against average (0.74). In league games, UCSB has allowed just four goals and owns a 0.62 goals against average. Freshman goalkeeper Austin Mansker's 0.70 goals against average is tops in the league and he is fourth with a .767 saves percentage. He is in a three-way tie for the most shutouts (5.0) and shutouts per game (0.36). 

• Senior Strength
Senior Nic Ryan is having a standout senior season for the Gauchos. The midfielder leads UCSB in goals (7) and points (15), tripling his previous career points output. Ryan scored his seventh goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Sacramento State a mere 12 seconds after Ema Boateng scored the eventual game-winner. Ryan also leads the team with four game-winning goals, which ranks second in the league.  

• Vom Steeg Nears 200
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 195-74-30 record at the helm of UCSB and a 174-57-29 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.