UCSB Kicks off 2013 with Scrimmage Against Westmont

Daniel Welsh (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Daniel Welsh (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• The Schedule
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Westmont
at Harder Stadium
Last meeting: W, 3-0 (Aug. 18, 2012)
Free online audio broadcast available at UCSBgauchos.com

• Starting Off Right
The Gauchos will commence the 2013 campaign with their annual scrimmage against crosstown
rival Westmont. Gerry Fall, the Voice of the Gauchos, will be on-hand to provide a free audio
broadcast live on UCSBgauchos.com.

• Filling the House
After drawing just under 50,000 fans into Harder Stadium last season, the Gauchos have now
led the nation in attendance for six consecutive years, dating back to 2007. Last year's Cal Poly
matchup saw 13,467 fans go through the Harder Stadium turnstiles, the most of any NCAA
match in 2012. Overall, UCSB has four of the five highest on-campus regular season draws in
NCAA history, including a record 15,896 against UCLA on Sep. 24, 2010.

• Streaming Soccer
All home games and every away conference game in 2013 will be video-streamed through the
Big West Conference website. Links will be made available on UCSBgauchos.com and
Bigwest.org/tv throughout the season.

• Title Contenders
The Gauchos are again being picked to make noise in the Big West and in the NCAA by national
publications in 2013. College Soccer News tabbed the Gauchos at No. 13 in their preseason
rankings, while College Sports Madness has them at No. 31. While not cracking the top-25 in the
NSCAA poll, UCSB received the most votes among Big West schools in all three publications.

• 2012 in Review
2012 was a tale of two seasons for the Gauchos. UCSB got off to a torrid start in going undefeated through their first 11 games. Achille Campion in particular lit up the field, scoring six
times in seven appearances before succumbing to an ankle injury. However, after a double-OT
win against UC Irvine on Oct. 5, the Gauchos went just 2-6 over their final eight games of the
season, finishing with a North Division-worst 4-5-1 conference record. The finish snapped a 10
year streak of UCSB making the NCAA tournament.

• Hardware Hoarders
Five Gauchos received conference and national recognition after the 2012 season. Two of those
five return in 2013: midfielder Fifi Baiden was a First Team All-Big West selection, while center
back Daniel Welsh was a Second Teamer. Departed senior Josue Madueno was an All-Conference
honorable mention, while fellow senior Nic Ryan–who led the squad with eight goals– took
home All-Big West First Team, Conference Midfielder of the Year, and All Far-West Region Third
Team honors. Ema Boateng–now a professional player in Sweden– was also an All-Conference
First Teamer, while also being named the Big West Freshman of the Year and an All-Region Second Teamer.

• Preseason Publicity for Gaucho Players
In its yearly rankings of the top 100 players in collegiate soccer, Top Drawer Soccer recognized
a pair of Gauchos in Fifi Baiden and Achille Campion. Baiden–who checked in at No. 38– was
noted as one of the top defensive midfielders in the country, while the inclusion of Campion at
No. 100 is especially impressive considering the forward has notched just six goals at the Division-I level. Earlier in the offseason, Baiden was also named to Top Drawer's "Top 10 Midfielders" list, and was the only defensive midfielder selected.