Seventh-Ranked UCSB Battles Undefeated Kentucky, LMU

Sept. 3, 2008

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• The Schedule
Friday, September 5, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-0-0) vs. Kentucky (2-0-0)
Harder Stadium, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and online at foxsoccer.tv
Broadcast live by KCSB 91.9 FM and online at kcsb.org
Gametracker: Click here

Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-0-0) at Loyola Marymount (0-0-2)
Sullivan Field, Los Angeles, Calif.
Broadcast live by KCSB 91.9 FM and online at kcsb.org
Gametracker: Click here

• First Things First
UC Santa Barbara was picked by the Big West coaches to capture its league-record sixth Big West title, claiming six first-place votes. Over the past seven seasons UCSB has won five league titles and qualified for postseason play six times. The Gauchos are currently ranked No. 7 by College Soccer News, No. 8 by Top Drawer, No. 10 by Soccer Times, No. 17 by Soccer America and No. 21 by the NSCAA. UCSB is also ranked second in the NSCAA Far West poll. The Gauchos rose in most every poll after their 2-1 victory over Air Force, climbing five spots in the Soccer America poll, two places in College Soccer News and one slot in Top Drawer's rankings.

• Airing Out Air Force
Led by senior forward Chris Pontius, the Gauchos defeated Air Force in their season opener last Friday, 2-1. Pontius, who tallied a team-high 11 goals last season, found the net twice, the first coming at 35:01 when he curled in a shot from about 22 yards out. His second goal came at 56:40 when Pontius knocked in a rebound. Pontius tallied eight shots in the match while Jon Curry had five, Bryan Dominguez added four and Michael Tetteh and Alfonso Motagalvan each had three. Despite the one-goal victory, the Gauchos dominated the Falcons, outshooting them 28-8, including a 10-2 margin in shots on goal.

• Little Big Man
Listed at just 5-foot-4, Bryan Dominguez certainly doesn't play like it. The freshman midfielder showed why he was such a highly-touted recruit during the Gauchos' 2-1 win over Air Force. Not only did he tally four shots, but the quick-footed Dominguez assisted on both of Pontius' goals. A PARADE All-American, Dominguez played for the United States' U-17 FIFA World Cup National Team in South Korea in 2007. Dominguez is ranked among CSN's Top 100 Freshmen to Watch this season along with teammate Danny Barrera.

• Watch This
Pontius was named to the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy watch list, the fourth consecutive season a Gaucho has made the list. The award, considered college soccer's most prestigious trophy, is presented to the nation's top NCAA Division I player. Pontius, one of the team's captains, was also named as a Third-Team Preseason All-America by College Soccer News.

• Scouting Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is off to their program's best-ever start, but that doesn't include their 2-0-0 record. The Wildcats outscored their opponents 11-0 in winning the University of Kentucky Invitational, defeating Central Arkansas 6-0 and the University of Detroit 5-0. The Wildcats posted consecutive shutouts for just the third time in school history and are aiming for their third consecutive shutout which would be their first time doing so since 2003. Kentucky is led by senior Michael Strong, who has tallied three goals in two games, and freshman Marco dos Santos, who has scored twice in his first two collegiate games. Junior goalkeeper Dan Williams has now posted eight shutouts in his career. UK has outshot its opponents 30-5 in its first two contests.

• Looking at the Lions
LMU has scored just three goals in its first two games - all by different players - yet managed to tie each of them, breaking even with No. 10 New Mexico and No. 8 St. Louis in the LMU Fall Classic last weekend. Three youngsters lead the Lions, with sophomores Sharif Khatib and Artur Jozkowicz and freshman Logan McDaniel scoring goals. LMU also returns its top three points scorers from a year ago in senior Brad Stisser, junior Wilkie Johnson and sophomore Rafael Baca.

• Injury Report
UCSB suffered a big blow when it found out that it would be without both senior defender Kyle Kaveny and junior midfielder C.J. Cintas for the entire season. Kaveny suffered a fractured left ankle in the 4-0 exhibition win over Westmont while Cintas broke his left foot during practice. Each is expected to undergo surgery, costing them the 2008 campaign. Freshman Danny Barrera and sophomore Bongomin Otii are both nursing knee injuries. Barrera could play as early as this week while Otii isn't expected back until mid-September.

• Large and In Charge
UCSB welcomes one of its most talented and largest recruiting classes this season. College Soccer News ranked the Gaucho incoming contingent sixth in the nation and tops on the West Coast. A total of 17 new players will don the blue and gold in 2008.

• TV Time
Two of the Gauchos' soccer games will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel and also online at www.foxsoccer.tv. The first game to be aired will be this Friday, September 5 at Harder Stadium vs. Kentucky. The second will be a Big West battle on Oct. 17 as the Gauchos travel to Cal Poly.

• Listen Up
Four of the Gauchos' next six games will be broadcast on KCSB with more certain to be added to the schedule. Games can be heard on 91.9 FM or streaming online at www.kcsb.org.

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