No. 13 UCSB Returns Home for Big West Action
Oct. 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (5-4-1, 1-0-0) at UCSB's Harder Stadium Game streaming online at kcsb.org. Also available on Gametracker.
Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 13 UC Davis (9-1-1, 1-0-1) at UCSB's Harder Stadium Game streaming online at kcsb.org. Also available on Gametracker.
Climbing the Charts
After a win and a tie last week, UCSB (6-3-1, 1-0-0 in the Big West) moves up in every national ranking for the second week in a row. The Gauchos are ranked as high as No. 13, courtesy of Top Drawer Soccer, No. 15 by Soccer America, No. 16 by College Soccer News, No. 16 by Soccer America and No. 18 by the NSCAA. UCSB is also ranked as the third-best Far West team by the NSCAA.
UCSB has scored at least one goal in 30 consecutive matches dating back to last season, which is the longest active goal-scoring streak in the nation. The last time the Gauchos were held scoreless came Sept. 2, 2007 at home in a 1-0 defeat to Gonzaga.
Senior forward Chris Pontius' four-game goal-scoring streak came to an end in the victory over UC Irvine on Saturday. Beginning with the Sept. 18 match vs. Evansville, Pontius scored five goals. The four consecutive games that Pontius scored a goal ties him for fourth in UCSB history, a feat he also accomplished in 2007. UCSB's all-time mark for consecutive matches with a goal belongs to Rob Friend, who found the net in 12 straight games between the 2001-02 seasons.
Points for Pontius
Steadily climbing in UCSB's record book is Chris Pontius, whose eight goals this season gives him 23 for his career, tying him for ninth-best in UCSB history. He has 52 career points, just five away from making the top-10 in that category. The Hermann Trophy candidate leads the Big West in shots (49), points per game (1.70) and is second in goals (8) and goals per game (0.80). His points per game total has him tied for 21st in the nation and his goals per game mark ties him for 16th in the country.
Senior co-captain Alfonso Motagalvan's goal in the win over Irvine was his second in three games and his third overall. It was also his first game-winning goal this season. An All-Big West First Team selection last year, Motagalvan is close to equaling his career marks in both categories - he entered the season with six career goals and two game-winners.
With 21 goals through 10 games, UCSB is tied for 18th in the nation in goals per game, averaging 2.10. Within the Big West, the Gauchos average the most points per game with 5.90, goals per game with 2.10 while their 176 shots are the most in the league. Defensively, the Gauchos are last in the Big West in goals allowed, giving up 20 while their goals against average is also last at 1.96.
Freshman Peter McGlynn, who has started every one of the Gauchos' 10 games this season, will be unavailable against CS Northridge after receiving two yellow cards in the win over UC Irvine.
Little Big Man
Although he's listed at just 5-foot-4, Bryan Dominguez sure doesn't play like it. He has started all but one game and the midfielder has doled out a team-best five assists. Furthermore, Dominguez's 0.56 assists per game are tied for 15th in the country and he ranks second in the Big West in assists and assists per game. Dominguez and Danny Barrera, who had two assists in two games last week, were named to College Soccer News' Top 100 Freshmen to Watch.
The UCSB soccer team would like to make you aware of a donation drive to bring needed sports equipment to Africa through two outreach organizations in Santa Barbara. Donations of new or used sports equipment, clothing or shoes are greatly appreciated. Items can be dropped off at any of the remaining Gauchos' home games.
Cal State Northridge will be without starters Camilo Rojas and Jeremy Hohn after both received red cards in Sunday's win over UC Riverside. Senior goalie Kevin Guppy is one of the Matadors' top players, his .810 save percentage leads the Big West. His 34 saves in 10 games is second in the conference and he has pitched three shutouts this season. Junior Moy Gomez leads the Matadors' attack with four goals. The Gauchos hold a three-game winning streak against the Matadors, having last lost on Sept. 27, 2007. Overall, UCSB has a 14-13-4 advantage over Northridge.
About the Aggies
UC Davis features a powerful attack, averaging two goals per game, which is 22nd in the nation. Seniors Quincy Amarikwa and Dylan Curtis provide a nice one-two combo as Curtis leads the nation in assists per game with 0.91. His 10 total assists is just seven fewer than the entire UCSB squad has put together. Amarikwa is 26th in the country in points per game, averaging 1.64 while leading the Big West with 18 total points and nine goals. Additionally, sophomore goalie Ryan McCown is tops in the Big West with a 0.70 goals against average while posting four shutouts.
Harder was Hoppin'
UC Santa Barbara hosted the largest crowd in the NCAA so far this season when over 7,000 fans showed up Sept. 21 to watch the match vs. top-ranked Wake Forest. The 7,408 attendees who filled Harder Stadium for the inaugural Challenge Cup marked the second-most to see a regular-season game and the fifth-largest crowd in UCSB men's soccer history. Through 10 games UCSB is averaging 2,086 fans per match. At Harder Stadium, the Gauchos average 3,390 fans per match, with both marks ranking first among Big West schools.
Safe at Home
The loss to Wake Forest ended Santa Barbara's 13-game unbeaten streak at Harder Stadium and was the Gauchos' first loss at home since Sept. 2, 2007. Despite the defeat, Harder Stadium has been an extremely friendly place for the Gauchos to play under Tim Vom Steeg. Since the start of the 2005 season, UCSB is 30-5-5 at home. Vom Steeg has guided the Gauchos to an impressive 74-17-9 record at home, including a perfect 10-0-0 mark in 2002.
UCSB will be featured on Fox Soccer Channel on Oct. 17 when the Gauchos travel to Cal Poly.