October 19, 2010

Gauchos Hit the Road for Mid-Week Pairing at UC Davis

Oct. 19, 2010

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, October 23, 2010, 7:15 pm
UC Santa Barbara (8-3-2, 4-1) at UC Davis (5-8-0, 3-2)
Series record vs. Aggies: 13-4-4
Last meeting: W, 2-1 (2OT) - Oct. 2, 2010
Streak: Won 3
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7 pm
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (2-9-2, 1-3-1)
Series record vs. Matadors: 17-14-5
Last meeting: W, 1-0 - Nov. 11, 2009
Streak: Won 2
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast LIVE on AM 1290 and UCSBgauchos.com

• Big West Action Continues This Week
UC Santa Barbara will look to stretch its five-game win streak this week when it travels to UC Davis on Wednesday for the Gauchos' second match of the year against the Aggies. UCSB will then return to the friendly confines of Harder Stadium on Saturday for a match with Cal State Northridge.

• For The Record
After winning all three of its contests last week - against Cal Poly, Duke and UC Riverside - UCSB has improved to 8-3-2 on the year and 4-1 in Big West games. The Gauchos have won eight of their last nine contests and have won four-straight conference matches.

• Got That Monkey Off Our Backs
Prior to Sunday's match at UC Riverside, the Gauchos had yet to win a game on an opponent's pitch. After the roller coaster, 4-3, victory over the Highlanders, UCSB's away record improved to 1-2-1. The Gauchos will need to continue to find a way to win on the road as three of their final five regular season matches are away from Harder Stadium.

• Home Sweet Harder
Speaking of Harder, with its 2-0 defeat of then-ranked No. 11 Duke on Friday in front of the Fox Soccer Channel cameras, UCSB improved its 2010 home record to 5-1-1 and stretched its home win streak to five matches (all since school has been back in session). UCSB has gone 233-119-40 (.645) all-time at Harder Stadium and 88-23-13 (.762) since Tim Vom Steeg took over the program in 1999.

• The Wild, Wild (Big) West
With Sunday's win over UC Riverside, the Gauchos improved to 4-1 in Big West play and with 12 points, the Gauchos now top the conference leaderboard. UC Irvine (3-0-1) is currently in second with 10 points and a game in hand. Wednesday's opponent, UC Davis, is currently tied third with Fullerton (3-2) and Saturday's opposition, Cal State Northridge, is in sixth with a 1-3-1 league mark. The Gauchos were chosen to finish first in the league this year in a preseason poll of the conference coaches, receiving six of the seven first-place votes.

• RPI Report
The NCAA's second Ratings Percentage Index report was released on Tuesday and it has the Gauchos 32nd on the list of all Division I programs, moving up 21 spots from the previous week. UCSB has the top RPI in the Big West; UC Irvine is currently 40th on the list. The RPI, which is updated throughout the season, factors into the seeding and selection for the NCAA Tournament.

• Barrera Racks Up The Weekly Honors
Junior midfielder Danny Barrera earned three weekly honors for his part in leading the Gauchos to a perfect week. He was selected as the Big West Offensive Player of the Week, LA Soccer News Player of the Week and UCSBgauchos.com Gaucho of the Week. Barrera scored two of the Gauchos' three game-winning goals and also had an assist. His first game-winner came in the 56th minute of UCSB's 2-0 win over Duke. He then picked up the winner in the Gauchos' 4-3 comeback win over UC Riverside, a 75th minute strike that completed the UCSB rally. He played 265 of 270 possible minutes over the three matches.

• A Bit More On Barrera
With his two goals and an assist last week, Barrera now ranks second on the team with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists) and leads the team in Big West contests with six points (1 goal, 4 assists). His four assists in Big West games leads the conference and his 0.38 assists per game is tied second. Barrera is now tied 10th on the UCSB career assists list with Bryan Byrne and Tony Lochhead after he tallied his 19th against UCR.

• Garza Knows Goals
Sophomore Sam Garza brought his team-leading goals count to six with an unassisted strike in the 80th minute against Duke on Friday. The forward leads the Gauchos with his 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists) and is first among Big West players with an average of 1.25 points per game. He also leads the conference with his 42 shots and 3.50 per game average.

• Offensive Onslaught
UCSB leads the Big West in every offensive category within league games. The Gauchos are tops for shots (20.80 per game), points (6.80 per game), goals (11), goals per game (2.20), assists (12), assists per game (2.40) and corners (8.40 per game). UCSB has outscored its Big West opposition, 11-6, and has out-shot them 104-41.

• Harder Stadium Becomes Proud Owner Of Another Attendance Record
After the Gauchos welcomed 11,242 fans to Harder Stadium for its televised game against Duke, UCSB became the first team to draw two crowds of 10,000 or more in a season. The crowd was the sixth largest crowd in NCAA regular season history and the second biggest in school history behind the 15,896 fans that came out for the Sept. 24 match against UCLA. Friday night's crowd was UCSB's fourth crowd of 6,000 or more this season - another NCAA record.

• Did You Know?
The seven goals scored between UCSB and UCR on Sunday are the most in a conference match this season. In fact, the last time seven goals were scored in a Big West contest was on Nov. 2, 2005 when Irvine beat Fullerton, 4-3.

• Freshman Phenom
Forward David Opoku brought his points total to nine (3 goals, 3 assists) on Sunday after assisting a pair of Gaucho goals. The freshman is tied eighth among Big West players for points and is tied ninth for goals.

• Sam's Shutouts
Sam Hayden recorded his 20th career shutout against Duke on Friday. After just two seasons with the Gauchos, the senior is now two shutouts away from tying fourth-ranked Ryan Sparre in the UCSB record books.

Sam Hayden Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Sam Hayden was selected as a top-10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to seniors that have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Voting to determine the winner has begun and will run through Nov. 14. To vote for Hayden, click here.

• The Dish On Davis
UC Davis enters this week's match amidst a three-match win streak and has not allowed a goal during that span. Last week, the Aggies won a pair of 1-0 overtime contests at home against UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge. The last time the team's faced-off in October at Harder, Peter McGlynn's header in the 102nd minute propelled UCSB to the 2-1 win. Lance Patterson leads the Aggies with his 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist).

• A Matador Minute
Northridge will host UC Irvine on Wednesday before making the trek to Santa Barbara. The Matadors are amidst a three-game losing streak and have scored just one goal in that span. Rafael Garcia leads the team with eight points (2 goals, 4 assists) and Sam Ball is the top goal-scorer with three. UCSB went 2-1 against the Matadors in 2009 and won the last two contests: 2-0, on Oct. 28 and, 1-0, on Nov. 11.

• Thank You News-Press
UCSB Athletics would like to thank Santa Barbara News-Press for its support. Santa Barbara News-Press is the official game sponsor of Saturday's match against Cal State Northridge.