Gauchos Earn Top-Ranking in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll, Become Consensus No. 1

Sept. 28, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif. - One week after receiving its first-ever No. 1 national ranking, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team became the nation's consensus No. 1 today. The Gauchos moved up from No. 2 and into the slot as the top team in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' poll, the NCAA's primary national pool. Santa Barbara made it four for four when Soccer Times, the ESPN.com affiliated coaches' poll, also slid UCSB up from the No. 2 spot it held last week and tabbed it as the nation's best.

The Gauchos, who are ranked No. 1 in all four major polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News, and Soccer Times), have gotten to where they are this season with a perfect 8-0-0 start and having given up just one goal. UCSB currently leads the nation's lead with a 0.12 team goals against average and a 0.88 shutout percentage with seven total shutouts. UCSB is also just one of three remaining teams with a perfect 1.000 winning percentage, and is 25th in the nation in scoring offense averaging 2.25 goals per game.

Santa Barbara takes its consensus No. 1 ranking to San Francisco this Friday, October 1st when they face USF at Negoesco Stadium at 7:00 p.m.