UCSB Prepares for Final Two Matches with North Division on the Line

UCSB Prepares for Final Two Matches with North Division on the Line

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
UC Santa Barbara vs. Sacramento State (8-7-1, 4-3-1)
Harder Stadium - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Senior Night
All-time record vs. the Hornets: 14-4-3
Last meeting: Oct. 18, 2017 - UCSB def. CSUS, 2-1 (OT)
UCSB form: T L T W L
CSUS form: L W L L W 
Video / Live Stats

Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (6-9-1, 2-5-1)
Alex G. Spanos Stadium - San Luis Obispo, Calif. 
All-time record vs. the Mustangs: 46-18-10
Last meeting: Oct. 14, 2017 - UCSB 0, CP 0 (Final - 2OT)
UCSB form: T L T W L
CP form: L L T W L 
Video / Live Stats

• Video Stream Available
UCSBGauchos.com will offer a live video broadcast through Big West TV. Gerry Fall, Voice of the Gauchos, will be on hand for play-by-play duty while Dylan Murphy will provide color commentary. A link to the broadcast can be found on the UCSB men's soccer schedule page or by clicking here

• Last Week in Review
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team split its two matches last week, winning on the road against Sacramento State before dropping its home match to UC Davis. Against the Hornets, the Gauchos took advantage of a handball in the box to earn their first penalty kick of the season. Freshman Rodney Michael stepped up and converted to give UCSB an early lead. Sacramento State tied it up shortly after and a scoreless second period sent the teams into overtime. In the 95th minute, Randy Mendoza played the ball up field to Ignacio Tellechea, who found a sprinting Michael on the left side. Michael sprinted into the box and fired to the far corner of the goal for the game-winner. 

On Saturday night, the UCSB fell 5-0 to UC Davis in its worst home loss since 1998 and worst loss since 2006. The Aggies put three goals up in the first half and tacked on two more in the second to put the game well out of reach. UC Davis has had UCSB's number this season, outscoring the Gauchos 8-0 in their two meetings. 

• Hornets Rematch
After a 2-1 victory over Sacramento State last week, UCSB increased its all-time series lead over the Hornets to 14-4-3. Sac State bounced back in a big way from its defeat to the Gauchos with a 5-1 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday. They are led by sophomore midfielder Christian Webb, who has six goals this season, while freshman forward Justin Bedig has been one of their top playmakers with three goals and seven assists. 

• Blue-Green Rivalry Round Two
Since 2010, UCSB is 5-5-5 in regular season matchups against Cal Poly and 2-4-1 at Alex G. Spanos Stadium during that span. In their first meeting this season, the two teams played to a scoreless draw in front of 10, 293 fans, the largest attended game in the NCAA this season. Cal Poly has been eliminated from playoff contention but could play a spoiler role for UCSB's quest for its fifth straight North Division title. The Mustangs are led by Sean Goode and Adam Olsen, who have four goals apiece. 

• Clinched!
Despite its loss to UC Davis on Saturday, UCSB clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament. The top three teams from each division advance to the conference playoffs, and after Sacramento State defeated Cal Poly, the Mustangs were eliminated. The seeding is still up in the air, however, as all three teams in the North still have a chance at the No. 1 spot. Currently, UC Davis is at No. 1 with 16 points, UCSB is second with 14 and Sacramento State is third with 13. 

• Thank You Seniors!
Wednesday marks the final regular season home match for five seniors who were a part of three consecutive Big West North Division titles and potentially a fourth, four Big West Tournament appearances and one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 where the Gauchos defeated South Carolina. The UCSB Department of Athletics would like to recognize, congratulate and thank seniors Randy Mendoza, Josue Salgado, Seo-In Kim, Omar Montalvo and Alex Liua for their dedication to the men's soccer program over the past four years. 

• Coming for the No. 1 Spot
Trailing UC Davis by two points in the standings with two games remaining, UCSB needs a win and some help to capture its fifth straight Big West North Division title. If the Gauchos win their remaining two matches, they need UC Davis to lose at least one game or tie both to clinch the No. 1 spot. UCSB still has a chance if they win and tie, or win and lose, but would need help from UC Davis and Sacramento State in those scenarios.

• Overtime Affair
UCSB has played in six overtime matches this season, including four in its last six games. The Gauchos are 2-0-4 in games that have needed extra minutes this season with three of the draws being scoreless. 

• Home Sweet Home
The Gauchos have enjoyed the friendly confines of Harder Stadium this season, going unbeaten in seven of their nine matches at home (4-2-3), compared to a 2-4-1 record on the road. In their previous homestand, UCSB was perfect, winning all five games, including an exhibition match against Club América U-20. Historically, UCSB has been dominant at home, with a winning percentage of .725 (138-45-24) in the Tim Vom Steeg era (since 1999). 

• He's a Keeper
Freshman goalkeeper Alan Carrillo has been the anchor of a strong UCSB defense that has registered six shutouts in 14 matches this season. The La Mirada, Calif. native and St. John Bosco High School product has earned Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season, and came up with three game-saving stops against Cal Poly on Saturday. For the year, Carrillo now has 43 saves and leads the Big West with six shutouts and a goals against average of 0.96. 

Michael Making his Mark
Freshman forward Rodney Michael has made an immediate impact this season and leads the team with seven goals and four assists. Five of his goals and three of his assists have come during conference play where he ranks second among offensive leaders with 13 points. After tallying a point in seven of eight matches at one point earlier in the year, Michael continued his strong play last week with the first two-goal performance of the season for the Gauchos. 

• RPI Ranking
In the latest NCAA men's soccer RPI rankings, released on Sunday, the Gauchos climbed 17 spots to No. 91. CSUN leads all Big West schools with a No. 71 ranking while UC Davis comes in at No. 84 and Cal Poly is No. 86. 

• Tale of Two Septembers
After starting the season 0-4-2 and losing its first four matches in September, the Gauchos finished the month on a four-match winning streak, and five-in-a-row if you include a 2-1 exhibition win over Club América U-20. It is the second consecutive season that UCSB has had both a four-game winning streak and a four-game losing streak. Prior to the last two seasons, that had not happened since 1994.

• Incoming Impact
The Gauchos incoming class was ranked as the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation by College Soccer News. California Gatorade Player of the Year from Dunn School, Rodney Michael, leads the group of signees and will factor in prominently on the attacking front. Michael was also named to Top Draw Soccer's Preseason Best XI Freshman Team. In the exhibition against Westmont, UCSB featured a defense full of newcomers that included goalkeeper Alan Carrillo, Adrian Adames, Frazer Poulter and Kavian Kashani. At forward, Ignacio Tellechea will be a factor as well after transferring from West Virginia Tech, where he scored 20 goals last season. 

• Big West Preseason Poll
For the fifth consecutive season, UCSB was selected by the eight conference head coaches to repeat as Big West North Division Champions. The Gauchos have yet to let any of the voters down as they have claimed the title each of the past four seasons and will look to continue the trend in 2017. UCSB earned six-out-of-eight first place votes and garnered a total of 28 points while UC Davis was picked to finish second with 25 points and one first place vote. Cal Poly received the only other first place vote and ranked third with 17 points while Sacramento State rounded out the poll in fourth with 10 points. Cal State Northridge tallied 30 points and six first place votes to lead the South Division Poll. 

•Ticket Information
Season tickets and individual game tickets are available online here or call the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB (8272).