September 11, 2013

No. 17 UCSB Battles UCLA on National TV Before Opening Seven-Match Homestand

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• The Schedule
Friday, Sep. 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara at No. 14 UCLA (1-1-1)
at Drake Field in Los Angeles, Calif.
Overall record vs. the Bruins: 4-31-4
Last meeting: T, 1-1 (9/21/12)
UCSB Streak: Lost 1
UCSB Streak vs. UCLA: Tied 1
UCLA Streak: Lost 1
Free online audio broadcast available at UCSBgauchos.com
Television coverage on the Pac-12 Network

Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara vs. Penn (2-0-0)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Overall record vs. the Quakers: Never played
Last meeting: N/A
UCSB Streak: Lost 1
UCSB Streak vs. Penn: N/A
Penn Streak: Won 2
Free online audio broadcast available at UCSBgauchos.com
Free video streaming available through Bigwest.org/tv

• Tickets Available Now
To make sure you don't miss a single game in the exciting 2013 men's soccer season, call 805.893.UCSB, visit the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, or buy online here.

• Gauchos on TV
Friday night's showdown against Southern California rivals UCLA will be the Gauchos' first nationally televised match of the season, as well as the first game to be broadcasted over the air by KZSB AM 1290 – the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio. The Pac-12 Network will be carrying the match, and can be found on Cox channels 286/1286 (standard definition/high definition) and Dish Network channel 413.

• Gaucho Huddle at UCLA
Prior to the Gauchos' Sep. 13 men's soccer game at No. 6 UCLA, the Gaucho Fund presents a pre-game Gaucho Huddle featuring a reception and address from head coach Tim Vom Steeg. $15 grants fans access to the Huddle, while $30 gets you a bus ride to and from the game as well as into the event. For more information, click here. For questions or to RSVP, contact Christina Baglas at Christina.Baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu.

• The Week in Review
The Gauchos suffered their first loss of the season in their home opener last Friday night against the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga frustrated UCSB to the tune of just two shots on frame, a team-low in the young season. A first half Bulldogs strike precipitated a shift in offensive tactics for the Gauchos that backfired in the 82nd minute when Gonzaga made it 2-0. It was the Gauchos first home opening loss since 2010. Gonzaga would go on to beat Cal Poly for a 2-0 Central Coast weekend.

• Bouncing Back
Under Tim Vom Steeg, the Gauchos have proved to be extremely resilient coming off of shutouts. Overall in the Vom Steeg era, UCSB has gone 26-9-5 in matches following a shutout. More recently, the Gauchos have fought to a 12-4-2 record since 2006 in matches after being held off the scoreboard. UCSB has at least one such bounce-back win in every season dating back to 1997.

• Smile for the Camera
The Gauchos possess a 9-3-4 all-time record in nationally televised games. This will be UCSB men's soccer's first appearance on the Pac-12 Network.

• Battling the Bruins
Since the 2006 season, UCSB and UCLA have played each other seven times, including at least one contest in every season except 2007, making the Bruins the Gauchos' most common non-conference opponent over that period. The rivalry games have been exceptionally close, as the Gauchos sport a 2-3-2 record against their UC brethren since the 2006 season. Over the same time frame, UCLA holds a marginal 12-11 goal advantage in contests between the two schools. A number of UCLA-UCSB matchups have been notable nationally, including the 2006 National Championship match (UCSB won 2-1) and the Sep. 24, 2010 game at Harder Stadium which drew 15,896 fans – an NCAA record for a regular season on-campus match.

• Home Sweet Home
Starting with the Penn game on Sunday, the Gauchos will undertake a seven-match homestand. That is UCSB's longest stretch of home games since 2001, when they went 3-2-3 over an eight-game home swing. The Gauchos' all-time longest homestand was a 12 game span to open the 1975 season. UCSB is 34-10-3 at home since the start of the 2009 season.

• Running into the Ivy
Sunday afternoon's matchup against Penn will be relatively new ground for the Gauchos, as UCSB has played  Ivy League schools just six times in program history for a 4-1-1 record. UCSB will welcome another Ivy League school in Yale next week. The Gauchos have never played either school.

• Rankings Roundup
After being featured in four of the five major national polls last week, the Gauchos dropped out of the top-25 in all but one after their loss to Gonzaga. College Soccer News has the Gauchos at No. 17 this week, down from 12 a week ago. UCSB was ranked by the NSCAA as the No. 6 team in the Far West Region as well. Last week, UCSB made the top-25 for Top Drawer (No. 16), Soccer America (18), and the NSCAA (24).  

• Friday Night Lights/Sunday's Best
UCSB has demonstrated they are up to task in Friday matches, compiling an 16-6-3 record since 2009 (.700 win percentage). Similarly, the first day of the week has been kind to the Gauchos since 2010, as UCSB has compiled a 10-3-2 (.733 win percentage) record in Sunday matches over that time span.

• 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. 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 NCAA tourney appearances.

• Oh Boy-oko!
In the first weekend of the season, senior forward Goffin Boyoko netted three goals, including two game-winners to lead the Gauchos over Northwestern and UIC. The France native 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. His three-goal weekend topped his entire 2012 total of two goals.  

• 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.