No. 3 UCSB's Road Trip Adjusted Due to Weather, This Week's Matches Each Pushed Back One Day

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• The Schedule
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 12 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-2-1, 3-0-0) at UC Davis Aggies (5-8-0, 2-2-0)
at Aggie Soccer Stadium
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming at UCSBgauchos.com)
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 3 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge (6-5-1, 1-2-0)
at Matador Field
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming at UCSBgauchos.com)
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

• Road Warriors
Currently amidst a four-match win streak, which includes three Big West Conference contests, the third-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will conclude a three-game road swing this week as its travels to UC Davis on Thursday and Cal State Northridge on Sunday for a pair of league games. The games were pushed back one day due to inclement weather. The Gauchos have posted a 3-1-0 away record this season and are 3-0-0 in conference contests.

• For the Record
UCSB enters the week with a 9-2-1 overall record, marking the program's best start to a season since 2004, when the Gauchos jumped out to an 11-1-1 record in their first 12 games. UCSB's current 3-0-0 Big West mark is its best start since 2007 when it also won its first three conference pairings.

• A Little About The Aggies
UC Davis enters this week with a 5-8-0 overall record and a 2-2-0 mark in Big West games. The Aggies currently hold a 2-2-0 record at home and split a pair of league contests at Aggie Soccer Stadium last week. Davis defeated UC Riverside, 2-1, on Wednesday before falling in double overtime to Cal State Fullerton, 3-2. The Aggies are led by Paul Marcoux who has a team-high five goals and 12 points. UCSB leads the all-time series with UC Davis by way of an 11-3-4 margin. In 2008, the Aggies posted a 2-0 victory over UCSB on Oct. 11 and the teams battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie on Nov. 8.

• A Minute On The Matadors
Cal State Northridge enters the week with a 6-5-1 overall record and a 1-2-0 mark in Big West play. The Matadors are currently amidst a three-game losing skid and fell to Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, in overtime last Wednesday before facing a 3-0 loss at the hands of UCI on Saturday. Sunghyun Kim leads the squad with 10 points this season (3 goals, 4 assists), while Cameron Sims is the team-leader with four goals. The Gauchos hold a 15-13-5 advantage in the all-time series against the Matadors and won their last pairing with the team via a 3-1 score on Oct. 8, 2008.

• Vom Steeg Approaches #150
In his 11th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg became the winningest coach in Big West history last Wednesday when UCSB defeated Cal Poly, 1-0. Vom Steeg has posted a 149-58-21 record at the helm of UCSB and a 128-41-20 record since the program rejoined the Big West in 2001. Vom Steeg surpassed Jose Elgorriaga, formerly of Fresno State, who held the record with 126 wins with the Bulldogs.Vom Steeg is also the winningest coach in UCSB men's soccer history and has turned the Gauchos into an annual national title contender. The 2004 and 2006 NSCAA National Coach of the Year, Vom Steeg guided the Gauchos to the NCAA title in 2006 and the championship game in 2004. He has guided UCSB to five Big West titles in the past eight years and seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He won Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005 and has produced 15 All-Americans.

• Getting Defensive
The Gauchos are not just amidst a win streak, they are also currently sporting a four-game shutout streak. Since the 4-2 loss at San Diego State on Sept. 25, the Gauchos have not been scored on. UCSB has tallied a total of seven shutout victories this season, all with junior Sam Hayden in the goal. The seven shutouts tie Hayden for 10th on the UCSB single-season shutouts top-10 list. The school record was set by Dan Kennedy in 2004 when he recorded 13 shutouts.

• Shutout Sam
Speaking of Sam Hayden, the Jackson Hole, Wyo. native has started every game for the Gauchos this season and leads the Big West with his 0.89 goals against average - which ranks 54th nationally - and is fifth in conference with a .771 saves percentage, ranking 92nd nationally. He currently also averages 3.08 saves per game. Last week, Hayden recorded five saves in the win over Cal Poly, just one shy of his season-high and then posted four saves in the victory over UC Riverside. Hayden was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week on Monday for his part in the Gauchos' two shutout victories last week.

• 15 Games And Counting
The Gauchos are currently amidst a 15-game scoring streak - 17 games if you count the Gauchos' pair of exhibition games this season. UCSB was last held scoreless in a 0-0 tie at UC Davis on Nov. 8, 2008 and since has had multiple goals in 10 of its last 15 games.

• Furlough Games
Ok, so the Gauchos won't be taking any furlough days, but two players will be absent from UCSB's lineup. Sophomore midfielder Luis Silva received his fifth yellow card of the year during the match at UC Riverside on Saturday and will be forced to sit out Wednesday's game. Freshman forward Michael Nonni - who leads the Gauchos and the Big West with his 16 points - will be out for the next several games due to a knee injury sustained prior to last Saturday's Riverside match. The freshman ranks 18th nationally for assists per game (0.45) and 37th for points per game (1.45).

• One And Done
UCSB has won its first three Big West games all by a 1-0 margin and has scored each of it's conference goals in the first half of the game.

• Among The Best
The Gauchos currently rank 14th among all Division I schools with a shutout percentage of 0.58, while they are 13th for won-lost-tied percentage (.792). UCSB is 19th for scoring offense with an average of 2.08 goals per game and rank 49th for team goals against average (0.89).

• A Walker To Remember
David Walker broke a pair of streaks with his first-minute goal against the Highlanders on Saturday. The senior forward scored four goals within the first four contests of the season, but after injuring his hand against Loyola Marymount (Sept. 13), he had failed to get on the board in seven-consecutive games. With his goal Saturday, he broke that dry-spell and tied Michael Nonni for the team-lead with his fifth goal of the season. The other streak Walker broke was a six-game scoring streak by the Gaucho underclassmen. UCSB's prior 10 goals had all been tallied by freshmen and sophomores.

• We Are The Cream Of The Crop, We Rise To The Top
UCSB has been ranked in all five national polls every week of the season and just last week was ranked in the top-10 in all of those polls for the first time this season. This week the Gauchos have jumped into the top-five of every poll including a season-high ranking of No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll, which also has UCSB ranked first in the Far West Region. The Gauchos are fourth in the Soccer Times poll and fifth in the College Soccer News, Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com polls. The third-ranking is the Gauchos' highest since they were ranked first in the NSCAA/adidas 2007 preseason poll.

• RPI Report
The NCAA's first Ratings Percentage Index report was released Tuesday and it has the Gauchos 34th on the list of all Division I programs. The RPI, which is updated throughout the season, factors into the seeding of the NCAA Tournament.

• On The Air
All the remaining 2009 contests, including postseason matches, will be broadcast in Santa Barbara with all the action being called by Steve Wendt on KIST 1490 AM and online at UCSBgauchos.com. With both of the games this week being pushed back, there is a possibility that the broadcast schedule will be modified. The changes will be announced on UCSBgauchos.com as soon as they are finalized.

• Big West Update
UCSB is the only Big West team still undefeated in league play with its 3-0 mark. For the first time this season, the Gauchos hold the conference lead outright with nine total points in the standings. Fullerton (2-1), Cal Poly (2-1) and UC Davis (2-2) are in a three-way tie for second-place with six points and UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge (1-2) each have three points. Riverside (0-3) is still waiting for its first win.

• Soccer Town USA
The 10,114 fans that showed up to the match against Indiana set a new program record for regular season home attendance and was the second largest crowd in school history behind the record 11,214 that flooded Harder for the Dec. 4, 2004 NCAA Quarterfinal game against Virginia Commonwealth. The Indiana game ranks fourth all-time in the NCAA's regular season attendance top-10. UCSB is currently averaging 5,005 fans between their eight home dates (including its two exhibitions). The Gauchos return home on Saturday, Oct. 24 when they host Fullerton at 7 pm.

• Three Games Remain
Three games are left on the Gauchos' regular season home schedule: Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 24), Cal State Northridge (Oct. 27) and UC Davis (Nov. 7). To get your tickets, call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• GKids
UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.

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