UCSB Opens Home Schedule with Gonzaga

Adis Islamovic (Photo by Francis Lipinski)
Adis Islamovic (Photo by Francis Lipinski)

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• The Schedule
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Gonzaga (0-1-0)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Overall record vs. the Bulldogs: 2-3-1
Last meeting: W, 3-0 (9/2/12)
UCSB Streak: Won 2
UCSB Streak vs. Gonzaga: Won 1
Gonzaga Streak: Lost 1
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• Santa Barbara Soccer Club Night
UCSB soccer is proud to announce the inclusion of "Santa Barbara Soccer Club Night" to its schedule on Sep. 6 as part of a Gauchos doubleheader – the women will take on Pacific at 5 p.m. before the men have their regular season home-opener against Gonzaga at 7:30 p.m. All SBSC players will be granted admission to both games free of charge. SBSC Night events will include a Coaches Game, tailgating party, a raffle prize drawing, and a special halftime recognition of the club.

• The Week in Review
The Gauchos opened the 2013 year with a pair of contests in Illinois, the only time in the regular season UCSB will venture outside of California. Friday's match against No. 19 Northwestern saw the Gauchos score three goals in the first half-hour of the match, with a Goffin Boyoko strike book-ended by headed in goals from Achille Campion and Boyoko. The start of that match was delayed by a severe thunderstorm. Offense did not come as easily in Sunday's matinee against Illinois-Chicago, where a stifling 90º heat affected play. A first half header from Boyoko turned out to be the only goal of an extremely physical match that saw the Gauchos booked 10 times with 25 fouls committed.

• Oh Boy-oko!
Senior attacker Goffin Boyoko had an ideal start to the new year after playing most of the 2012 season with injuries. The France native scored a pair of goals – including the game-winner – within 15 minutes of each other on Friday before notching the only goal of the match against UIC. For his strong efforts, Boyoko received a litany of accolades, including Big West Offensive Player of the Week, College Soccer News National Player of the Week, LA Soccer News Player of the Week, and inclusions in the Top Drawer Soccer and CSN Teams of the Week. With three goals on the weekend, Boyoko already topped his entire 2012 total of two goals.  

• Home Cooking
Friday's matchup against Gonzaga will start a stretch that sees the Gauchos play eight of their next nine matches on home turf. Over the last four seasons, UCSB has gone 34-9-3 in matches at Harder Stadium.

• UCSB in Home Openers
The Gauchos have gone 9-3-2 during Tim Vom Steeg's tenure in home openers. They have won their last two openers, with their last loss coming in 2010 at the hands of Creighton. UCSB faced Gonzaga in their 2007 home opener as well, falling to the Bulldogs by a score of 1-0.

• Double Your Money
This week will bring the first of two Friday night UCSB soccer doubleheaders in the 2013 season. While the men will tackle Gonzaga at 7:30 p.m., the women will match up against the University of the Pacific at 5:00 p.m. Fans purchasing tickets for the women's match will also be allowed admittance into the men's match free of charge.

• Rankings Roundup
After their 2-0 Chicago road trip, UCSB shot up in most of the national polls. After failing to crack the Top Drawer and NSCAA top-25 preseason lists, the Gauchos made their first appearances of the year at 24th and 16th, respectively. UCSB's highest ranking came from College Soccer News, who tabbed the Gauchos at No. 12.  Rounding out the list is Soccer America, where UCSB ranked 18th.

• The French Connection
With Boyoko scoring three goals and Illinois and Achille Campion claiming the other, the French compatriots accounted for all of UCSB's goals over the weekend.

• Getting on the Board
Left unsaid about Boyoko's trio of scores is the service that was necessary to produce his two headed goals. Recording their first points as Gauchos over the weekend were Armand Bagramyan and Drew Murphy, who each picked out Boyoko with crosses. Senior defender Matt Glodack picked up his first assist of the season and second of his career with a cross to Campion in Friday's match against Northwestern. Picking up his first collegiate shutout was freshman Josh McNeely, who recorded two saves against UIC in a defensively strong game for the Gauchos. In Friday's match, junior keeper Austin Mansker allowed a goal, but made four saves and was tested more thoroughly against the Wildcats than his freshman teammate was against the Flames.

• 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.

 • 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 the Gauchos
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. 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. The Big West coaches poll picked the Gauchos to win the North Division.