2014-15 Men's Soccer News

April 27, 2015
Luis Silva honors humble roots by giving back to others
With lovely Pacific coastline and rugged terrain framing the one-hour journey back to the U.S. border, Luis Silva let his mind wander to the two dozen children who had warmed his heart.

April 22, 2015
UCSB Defender Sam Strong Earns Call Up With U-23 National Team, Will Play Mexico Tonight
Incoming UC Santa Barbara defender Sam Strong has been named to the 20-man roster for the United States U-23 National Team by coach Andi Herzog for tonight's international friendly against Mexico, it was revealed this week.

February 19, 2015
Big West Champion UCSB Soccer Announces 2015 Spring Schedule
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will host six more matches as part of its 2015 spring schedule, head coach Tim Vom Steeg announced today.

February 17, 2015
Save the Date: 2015 UCSB Soccer Alumni Weekend Announced
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's soccer program today announced plans for the 2015 Gaucho Soccer Reunion Weekend, scheduled for Apr. 24-26, featuring a series of alumni games, a reception open to all alumni, friends, and family, and a round of golf.

February 12, 2015
UCSB Soccer Inks Top-Five Recruit Jorge Ruiz to NLI
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer program has signed Jorge Ruiz of the LA Galaxy Academy to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Tim Vom Steeg announced today.

February 9, 2015
UCSB Men's Soccer to Host Sacramento United FC in Spring Exhibition On Wednesday
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will host Sacramento Republic FC this Wednesday night for a spring exhibition match at Harder Stadium.

February 5, 2015
Men's Soccer Adds Five Marquee Transfers to No. 5 Ranked Recruiting Class
Head coach Tim Vom Steeg and the UCSB men's soccer program have officially inked 11 recruits on the first day of NLI signings, it was announced today. Included among them are Santa Barbara-area standouts and transfers from prominent programs in the ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 conferences.

February 4, 2015
Top 25 Rankings, Youth National Team Players Highlight Signing Day
Head coach Tim Vom Steeg and the UCSB men's soccer program have officially received National Letters of Intent from six standout high school players on National Signing Day, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

December 11, 2014
DePuy and Jome Earn All-Region Recognition from NSCAA
UC Santa Barbara sophomore forward Nick DePuy and sophomore left back Ismaila Jome were both named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region Team, it was announced this week.

November 21, 2014
Dan Kennedy Selected First Overall in Chivas USA Dispersal Draft
UC Santa Barbara men's soccer alumnus and seven-year Major League Soccer veteran Dan Kennedy was selected with the first overall pick of this week's Chivas USA Dispersal Draft by Dallas FC.

November 12, 2014
Gauchos Drop 3-2 Decision to UC Irvine in Big West Semis
Thanks in part to second half goals from forwards Cameron Iwasa and Dennis Martinez, UC Irvine emerged as 3-2 victors over No. 24 UC Santa Barbara in Saturday's Big West Tournament Semifinal at Harder Stadium.

November 9, 2014
UCSB to Host UC Irvine in Big West Semifinals
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will host UC Irvine this Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Big West Tournament Semifinals after the Anteaters advanced past the tourney's first round with a 2-0 win over Sacramento State last night.

November 7, 2014
Trio of Gauchos Earn Big West Awards, Eight Players Earn All-Conference Honors
Eight members of the North Division champion UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team were named to the 2014 All-Big West Conference Team, the league announced on Friday morning.

November 5, 2014
Another DePuy Double Gives UCSB Regular Season-Ending Win at Sacramento State
Sophomore UC Santa Barbara forward and reigning National Player of the Week Nick DePuy scored yet another two goals in the squad’s regular season finale at Sacramento State on Wednesday afternoon, clinching for the Gauchos an outright North Division title and the Big West regular season championship by virtue of a 2-1 victory at Hornet Stadium.

November 4, 2014
Men's Soccer Closes Regular Season With Road Tilt at Sacramento State
UCSB is once again pacing the NCAA in attendance in 2014, pulling in an average of just over 4,000 fans per home contest.

November 3, 2014
DePuy Named National Player of the Week, Big West Offensive Player of the Week
For the second time this season and the second time in his career, UCSB sophomore forward Nick DePuy has garnered both College Soccer News National Player of the Week and Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring all three of UCSB's goals in a pair of pivotal conference wins over Cal Poly and UC Davis, it was announced on Monday.

November 2, 2014
Gauchos Claim Division Title Behind DePuy's Brace in Blue-Green Clash
Just four days after putting the Gauchos into the driver's seat for a division title with an overtime golden goal against UC Davis, sophomore UCSB forward Nick DePuy continued his white-hot form on Sunday evening, recording a brace against Cal Poly to clinch a Big West North championship for the Gauchos in a 2-0 win over the Mustangs in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,075 at Spanos Stadium.

October 31, 2014
Men's Soccer Receives Commitments From Top Recruits Justin Vom Steeg and Sam Strong
The UCSB men's soccer team received committments from a pair of top local recruits this month in goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg and defender Sam Strong, the team announced today. The duo will potentially strengthen the Gauchos' defensive corps for years to come, starting with the 2015-16 season.

October 29, 2014
Cody Austin To Sing National Anthem
Tenor Cody Austin, in town to perform with Opera Santa Barbara, will perform tonight as UCSB Men's Soccer takes on UC Davis in a first place showdown.

October 29, 2014
DePuy's OT Winner Puts Gauchos in Tie Atop Big West North Division Standings
UC Davis entered Wednesday night with 14 points in conference play, a first-place standing in the Big West North, and a clear game plan to escape from Harder Stadium with a draw. UCSB's sophomore forward Nick DePuy wasn't having it. The 6-4 point man scored off an overtime cross from Ismaila Jome in the 99th minute to give the Gauchos the full three points and a tie atop the division standings with the Aggies.

October 28, 2014
Gauchos Host UC Davis on Senior Night, Travel to Cal Poly to Complete Blue-Green Series
Wednesday's game against UC Davis will represent the final regular season appearances at Harder Stadium for five Gaucho seniors: Reed McKenna, Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Dilian Donev, Bryson Pope, and Sergio Esparza.

October 27, 2014
Mendez Named Big West Offensive Player of the Week
After scoring two goals and two assists as part of an unbeaten week for the UCSB men's soccer team, freshman midfielder Axel Mendez was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.

October 25, 2014
Gauchos Come Back to Draw With Cal Poly in Front of Season-Best Crowd
In front of the second largest regular season, on-campus crowd in NCAA history, the Gauchos fought back from a two-goal deficit to land a 2-2 tie with Blue-Green rival Cal Poly behind goals from forwards Ludwig Ahl and Nick DePuy at Harder Stadium on Saturday night.

October 23, 2014
UCSB Prepares to Host Cal Poly in Prime Ticket-Televised Clash
Since Tim Vom Steeg took over in 1999, the Mustangs have gone 1-13-2 at Harder, with their only win coming in 2012 and one of the two draws being a shootout loss.

October 22, 2014
Gauchos Emphatically Return to Win Column With Sacramento St. Rout
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team was clearly happy to back home on Wednesday night, as the Gauchos matched a season-high for goals in a 4-1 drubbing of Sacramento State to win their fifth straight contest at Harder Stadium.

October 21, 2014
Gauchos Return Home, Host Sacramento State Ahead of Cal Poly Clash
UCSB possesses a 9-3-2 all-time record against Sacramento State, hasn’t lost to the Hornets since 1997, and has just one loss at home to Sac St. on the books, all the way back in 1992.

October 18, 2014
UC Davis Lands Late Overtime Goal to Defeat UCSB 1-0
UC Santa Barbara provided a valiant effort in keeping UC Davis off the board on Saturday afternoon after losing a man to a second yellow card just minutes into the second half, but the Aggies were eventually able to exploit the advantage by scoring a 107th minute golden goal and claiming a 1-0 win.

October 16, 2014
UCSB Finishes Road Trip With Showdown at UC Davis

October 14, 2014
Gauchos Bested by Loyola Marymount in Tuesday Tune-Up
Craig Nitti scored a pair of second-half goals while Sebastien De Rada and Adrien Perez added tallies as well to propel Loyola Marymount to a 4-0 shutout of UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,321 at Sullivan Field.

October 11, 2014
Nine-Man Gauchos Manage Draw at UC Riverside
No. 30 UC Santa Barbara played the final 25 minutes of Saturday's contest against UC Riverside two men down, but the team was still able to leave Riverside Soccer Stadium with a 1-1 draw after senior defender Kevin Garcia-Lopez had equalized for the Gauchos early in the second half.

October 9, 2014
UCSB's Conference Unbeaten Streak Comes to An End at Cal State Fullerton
Thirtieth-ranked UC Santa Barbara's 12 game Big West unbeaten streak came to a close at the hands of Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night, as the Titans held on for a 2-0 win at Titan Stadium.

October 8, 2014
Gauchos Look to Tie Record As They Embark on Season's Longest Road Swing
With two games on tap for this week, the Gauchos have the opportunity to match a school and modern era conference-record 14 game unbeaten streak, last accomplished by the program over the 2002-03 seasons.

October 6, 2014
Gauchos Sweep Weekly Awards, DePuy Named National Player of the Week
A pair of sophomores on the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team were honored on Monday following a pair of home wins this past weekend, as forward Nick DePuy was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week and Big West Offensive Player of the Week while left back Drew Murphy picked up Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors.

October 5, 2014
DePuy Stunner Hands No. 3 UC Irvine First Loss of Season, Extends UCSB Win Streak to Four

October 4, 2014
DePuy Stunner Hands No. 3 UC Irvine First Loss of Season, Extends UCSB Win Streak to Four
UC Santa Barbara sophomore forward Nick DePuy drilled a 35-yard goal with 37 seconds remaining in regulation to break a scoreless tie and claim a win over No. 3 UC Irvine in front of 4,731 fans at Harder Stadium on Saturday night.

October 2, 2014
Gauchos Overcome Early Deficit to Land Conference-Opening Victory Over CSUN
Sophomores Nick DePuy and Drew Murphy each recorded multi-point efforts on Thursday night at Harder Stadium to help UC Santa Barbara erase an early one-goal deficit and defeat the visiting Cal State Northridge Matadors 2-1 in the first game of the Big West Conference schedule.

September 30, 2014
Murphy Named Big West Player of the Week by College Sports Madness
UC Santa Barbara sophomore left back Drew Murphy has been named the Big West Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, the website announced this morning.

September 30, 2014
UCSB Wraps Up Homestand, Opens Conference Play With Third-Ranked UC Irvine, CSUN
KZSB AM 1290 – Santa Barbara News-Press Radio – will carry both of this weekend's games live over the air on UCSBgauchos.com.

September 28, 2014
Gauchos Find the Net Early and Often in 4-1 Victory Over Drake
Freshman forward Ludwig Ahl recorded a brace and sophomore left back Drew Murphy added a goal and an assist to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 4-1 win over Drake in the team's final non-conference home game of the season Sunday evening at Harder Stadium.

September 26, 2014
New Role for DePuy Pays Off in 1-0 UCSB Win Against San Diego State
UC Santa Barbara head coach Tim Vom Steeg decided to mix things up with his lineup ahead of Friday night's contest against No. 27 San Diego State, and the gambit paid off as sophomore Nick DePuy – starting at forward for the first time this season – banged home a rebound in the 21st minute to lead the Gauchos to a 1-0 victory over the Aztecs in front of 2,069 at Harder Stadium.

September 25, 2014
Gauchos Continue Homestand With San Diego State, Drake
Starting with Friday's game against San Diego State, UCSB Athletics will launch a new video streaming service for its men's soccer games in partnership with Volar Video and PrestoSports.

September 20, 2014
No. 26 Gauchos Blanked by No. 2 UCLA
Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Leo Stolz scored a 38th minute goal and the No. 2 UCLA defense kept twenty-sixth ranked UC Santa Barbara off the board to claim a 1-0 win on Saturday night in front of 5,104 fans at Harder Stadium.

September 17, 2014
UCSB Set to Battle No. 2 UCLA on NSCAA TV
This weekend's contest against the Bruins is the second of a season-long six-match homestand for the Gauchos.

September 12, 2014
UCSB Offense Breaks Through in 4-1 Thumping of Colgate
No. 21 UC Santa Barbara had four different players score a goal on Friday night, doubling the team's season scoring total in one fell stroke and vanquishing the Colgate Raiders by a score of 4-1 at Harder Stadium in the first contest of a six-game homestand.

September 11, 2014
Men's Soccer Opens Six-Match Homestand on Friday by Hosting Colgate
Friday's contest against Colgate will kick off a season-long six-match homestand for the Gauchos.

September 9, 2014
No. 21 Gauchos Downed by Stanford
Nineteenth-ranked Stanford scored a trio of goals off set pieces within the first dozen minutes to claim an eventual 4-1 win over No. 21 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night at Cagan Stadium.

September 8, 2014
No. 21 UCSB To Make 2014 TV Debut Tuesday Night at Stanford
The Pac-12 Network can be found on Cox channels 1286/286 (HD/SD) and DISH Network channels 5409/409.

September 5, 2014
Another Moving Day For Nick DePuy
Nick DePuy is back in the midfield, but being asked to think more like a middleweight.

September 5, 2014
No. 18 UCSB Battles Northwestern to 1-1 Draw
Sophomore midfielder Nick DePuy scored the first goal of his collegiate career and No. 18 UC Santa Barbara controlled the majority of possession throughout the contest, but the team could only muster a 1-1 draw against No. 22 Northwestern on Friday night at Harder Stadium.

September 4, 2014
No. 18 UCSB Welcomes In Northwestern to Open 2014 Home Schedule
The Gauchos haven’t posted a losing record on home turf since 2000 (3-5-1) and are 41-14-4 at Harder over the past five seasons.

September 3, 2014
Tickets for Exciting Gaucho Soccer Still Available! Regular Season Opens Friday vs. Northwestern
Fans, there is still time to purchase your 2014 Gaucho Soccer season tickets!

August 31, 2014
Gauchos Drop 3-0 Decision In Olitsky Memorial Finale
Fifteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara conceded three goals to Furman on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-0 in the team's final game of the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at Blackbaud Stadium.

August 29, 2014
Pair of First Half Goals Secure 2-1 Season-Opening Win For No. 15 Gauchos
Opening the season at Blackbaud Stadium – the first privately-funded professional soccer stadium in the country – sophomore winger Ismaila Jome put in a display worthy of the pro ranks by providing assists on a pair of first half goals to pace No. 15 UC Santa Barbara to a 2-1 victory over Charleston in the first of the team's two scheduled games in the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Tournament.

August 27, 2014
No. 15 Men's Soccer Opens Season With Olitsky Memorial Tournament in South Carolina
The Gauchos have been ranked in each of the major national preseason polls that have been released as of today, coming in as high as No. 15 (College Soccer News). Elsewhere, they check in at No. 18 (NSCAA, Soccer Times) and No. 23 (College Sports Madness, Top Drawer Soccer).

August 27, 2014
Soccer future brightens for the Gauchos' Sunshine
Reed McKenna remembers the exact moment he wanted to become a Gaucho. He was wearing a UCLA jersey at the time.

August 26, 2014
UCSB Athletics Announces Extensive Men's Soccer Broadcast Schedule
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will have 17 of its 19 regular season games broadcasted across six different media entities for the upcoming year, UCSB Athletics announced today.

August 23, 2014
McKenna Leads Gauchos to 2-0 Exhibition Win Over Westmont
Senior forward Reed McKenna scored the opening tally and assisted on another to lead UC Santa Barbara to a season-opening 2-0 exhibition win over Westmont College in the annual Bryant & Sons Cup at Harder Stadium.

August 22, 2014
Men's Soccer Season Preview Pt. III: Forwards
When the 2014 men's soccer season kicks off tomorrow, UCSB's forward corps will be tasked with helping replace the 15 goals scored by graduated French forwards Achille Campion and Goffin Boyoko, who combined to score just under half of the Gauchos' 31 team goals.

August 22, 2014
Gauchos Open 2014 Season With Annual Westmont Exhibition
The UCSB men's soccer team will open a new campaign this Saturday when they host crosstown rival Westmont in an annual exhibition for the Bryant & Sons Cup.

August 21, 2014
UCSB Unanimously Selected to Win Big West North Division in Annual Coaches Poll
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team received all eight North Division first place votes in the annual Big West Preseason Coaches Poll, becoming the first conference squad to be a unanimous selection since the Gauchos were also handed every first place vote in 2012.

August 20, 2014
Men's Soccer Season Preview Pt. II: The Midfield
This is the second of a three-part, week-long series previewing the upcoming 2014 UCSB men's soccer season ahead of Saturday's campaign-opening exhibition against Westmont. Today's preview, presented by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, will break down UCSB's options in the midfield.

August 19, 2014
Fifth Annual Skills Day Headlines UCSB Soccer's 2014 AYSO Community Event Schedule
Continuing a strong tradition of community involvement, UCSB soccer had scheduled a number of events in coordination with AYSO, headlined by the fifth annual AYSO Skills Day, which last year drew over 1,500 attendees.

August 18, 2014
Men's Soccer Season Preview Pt. I: Defense and Goalkeeping
A year ago, UCSB's opening-day back line featured four returning starters, three of whom were seniors, and was considered a point of stability and strength for a team that had considerably more turnover in the midfield and attacking third.

August 16, 2014
Jome Named a Preseason All-American by College Sports Madness
UC Santa Barbara sophomore winger Ismaila Jome was named to the 2014 College Sports Madness Preseason All-American Team, the website announced today.

August 13, 2014
Quintet of Gauchos Earn Preseason All-Conference Nods from College Sports Madness
Headlined by Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Josh McNeely, five Gauchos were today named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big West Team.

August 8, 2014
Save the Date: Men's Soccer Gaucho Huddle at Stanford
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB Athletics and the Gaucho Fund will be hosting a Gaucho Huddle when the men’s soccer team travels to Stanford on Tuesday, Sept. 9th. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., while the pregame reception will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets for the huddle will include food, a pregame chalk talk with Tim Vom Steeg, and a ticket to the game.

August 8, 2014
Jome Included on Prestigious 32-Man MAC Hermann Watch List
UC Santa Barbara sophomore midfielder Ismaila Jome has been included on the 2014 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List. He is one of 32 men’s players nationwide to be included on the list.

August 7, 2014
Gauchos Ranked 18th by NSCAA to Open 2014
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is ranked 18th in the inaugural National Soccer Coaches Association poll of the 2014 season, the organization announced Wednesday.

July 21, 2014
Silva Providing Offensive Spark for DC United
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In overcoming an early season ankle injury, Luis Silva has led DC United’s offense and has them rolling as one of the MLS’s hottest teams. Now on a three-match winning streak, United has relished in the return of their attacking midfielder who has scored five goals in five games.

July 14, 2014
Sit Down with Vom Steeg: 2014 Season Preview

July 9, 2014
Jome Faces Rangers FC as Part of Summer Assignment with Ventura County Fusion
Coming of an electric rookie season featuring Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Region honors, UC Santa Barbara sophomore Ismaila Jome has made a short trip down the 101-South to ply his trade for PDL side Ventura County Fusion this summer, where he has continued his strong offensive play while taking on a pair of successful professional teams in the San Jose Earthquakes and Rangers FC, one of the United Kingdom's most historically significant clubs.

July 8, 2014
McKenna Features for Portland Timbers' U-23 Side This Summer
Looking to sustain momentum after a successful junior season, UC Santa Barbara senior winger Reed McKenna has been a regular for the Portland Timber's U-23 team, a member of the prestigious Professional Development League, the top amateur level of the American soccer system.

July 1, 2014
Gaucho in the Pros: Lochhead Named to MLS "Team of the Week"
Chivas USA defender and UCSB soccer alumnus Tony Lochhead has been named to the 11-man Major League Soccer "Team of the Week" for the week ending Jun. 29, it was announced today.

July 1, 2014
Recruit Report: Dugan Zier Mainstay for Northeast Division Champion NY Red Bulls Academy
New York Red Bulls U-18 defender and incoming Gaucho Dugan Zier just wrapped up his final season with the club, which featured a heartwrenching ending, but a solid overall campaign for both the New York native and his team show the promise that the young right back shows as he begins his collegiate career.

June 26, 2014
UCSB Soccer Introduces "G2B Plan" For Local Businesses
UCSB Athletics is now offering the perfect backdrop for local businesses to entertain clients with the "G2B Plan" featuring Gaucho Soccer.

June 25, 2014
Quartet of Future Gauchos Lead LA Galaxy to US Soccer Academy Playoffs
WESTFIELD, Ind. – Fresh off a 2013-14 season that saw the LA Galaxy U17/18 Academy Team score the most goals and record the best record of any team in the USSF Southwest Division, four incoming members of the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team are starring for the Carson, Calif. based club in this week's US Soccer Academy Playoffs, featuring the top development academy teams from around North America.

June 17, 2014
Gaucho Soccer Excels in the Classroom in 2013-14
Besides having one of the most successful on-field seasons in program history, the UCSB men's soccer program thrived just as much in the classroom, laboratory, and lecture hall in the 2013-14 school year.

June 12, 2014
Experts pick Brazil to claim sixth World Cup
It came as no surprise to anyone in a packed room at Dargan's Restaurant on Wednesday that Brazil was the clear-cut choice to win the World Cup.

June 12, 2014
Gauchos in the Pros: Luis Silva Nets First Career Hat Trick in 4-2 DC United Win
UC Santa Barbara men's soccer alum Luis Silva scored a hat trick, the first of his career, on Wednesday night as part of a 4-2 win for DC United at the Montreal Impact's Saputo Stadium.

June 6, 2014
UCSB Soccer Unveils 2014 Schedule, Season Tix On Sale Now
Following a 2013 season that saw an undefeated run in Big West play, a No. 10 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, and a seventh straight season at the top of the NCAA attendance charts, UC Santa Barbara men's soccer is back at it in 2014 with a rigorous schedule featuring tradition

June 6, 2014
Vom Steeg to Appear at World Cup Event
UC Santa Barbara men's soccer head coach Tim Vom Steeg will take part in a four-person panel this Wednesday, June 11 consisting of international soccer minds breaking down the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.