October 30, 2012

Gauchos Wrap-Up Season at Sacramento State and Cal Poly

Weekly Release No. 12

• The Schedule 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 3 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (9-5-3, 3-4-1) at Sacramento State (8-6-2, 5-2-1)
at Hornet Field
All-time record vs. Hornets: 7-3-1
Last meeting: W, 2-0 (Oct. 16, 2012)
Audio Broadcast • Live Stats  

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (9-6-1, 4-3-1)
at Alex G. Spanos Stadium
All-time record vs. Mustangs: 43-16-5
Last meeting: L, 2-1 (OT) (Oct. 19, 2012)
Audio Broadcast • Live Stats 

• Coming to a Close
The UCSB men's soccer team will wrap-up its 2012 campaign this week with a pair of conference matches on the road. The Gauchos will travel to Sacramento State on Halloween before capping the year off at Cal Poly on Saturday. 

• Watch or Listen Live
Both of this week's matches will be broadcast live on KZSB AM 1290, the Santa Barbara News-Press radio station. The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall, will be on hand to call all of the action. The broadcast will also be streamed live here.

• For The Record
UCSB is now 9-5-3 on the season and 3-4-1 in Big West play.  After remaining undefeated through the first 11 matches of the season, the Gauchos have fallen on hard times dropping five of its last six, including three consecutive losses. This marks the first time since the 2000 season that the Gauchos have lost three straight.. UCSB is also in danger of finishing its Big West schedule with a losing record for the first time since 1991, which was the last year it was a member of the league before its nine-year membership with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (1992-2000). The 2000 season marked the only time under Tim Vom Steeg's leadership that the Gauchos posted a losing league record (2-4-1). 

• Working Overtime
UCSB's last three games have all gone into overtime bringing their season total to seven games that have extended into extra minutes. The Gauchos have gone 1-3-3 in those games. This marks the third most overtime games for the team in the last decade. UCSB played in 10 overtime matches in 2010 and eight in 2004. The last time the program played in three-straight overtime contests was in 2008, each ending in a tie. The Gauchos also had three consecutive overtime games in 2004, each of those resulting in a UCSB victory. 

• Pulse on the Polls
UCSB, which was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in mid-September, has fallen out of each of the major national polls this week. The Gauchos are still receiving votes in the College Soccer News Poll and are ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Far West Region rankings. 

• Nationwide Leaders
UCSB has hosted the top-three crowds so far this season. The attendance during the match against Cal Poly of 13,467 is the best in the NCAA this year and ranks as the fourth-highest in Harder Stadium history, the fourth best in NCAA regular season history at an on-campus venue and seventh overall for NCAA regular season attendance. The crowds against UC Irvine (7,822) and UCLA (7, 542) rank second and third, respectively, this season. With its home slate completed, UCSB ends the season with an average of 5,543, which should be good enough to lead the nation for the sixth consecutive season. 

• Season-High Shooting
Despite the loss on Sunday, UCSB took a season-high 26 shots against the Aggies and had a season-best 13 corner kicks. The Gauchos have been creating plenty of opportunities for themselves as of late as they tallied 23 shots against Sacramento State (Oct. 16) and topped that with 24 shots against Cal Poly. The Gauchos lead the Big West with their 17.65 shots per game average and 6.82 corners per game (116 total). 

• Getting Defensive
In addition to leading the league in shots, the Gauchos have also allowed the fewest goals (16 or 0.94 per game) and boast a conference-best 0.89 goals against average. Goalkeeper Austin Mansker's 0.88 goals against average leads the league and is 41st nationally. He is also tied for first in the league with five shutouts. 

• Honing In On The Hornets
UCSB will be looking for its second win of the year over Sacramento State on Wednesday. The match against the Hornets on Oct. 16 marked the Gauchos' most recent victory and the last time they scored multiple goals. UCSB has not dropped a match to the Hornets since 1999. Sacramento State carries a 5-2-2 home record into the match while the Gauchos are 5-1-1 on the road. 

• Meeting The Mustangs
The Gauchos will be looking to avenge a 2-1 overtime loss to Cal Poly (Oct. 19) when they travel to San Luis Obispo on Saturday. The Mustangs have won three of their last five and are 6-3 at home this season. UCSB has not been able to knock off Cal Poly on the road in the teams' last three meetings, losing the last two match-ups at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 2-1, and settling for a 0-0 tie in 2009.

• Without Welsh
UCSB will be without junior defender Daniel Welsh on Wednesday after he incurred his fifth yellow card of the season against UC Davis. 

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