No. 18 UCSB Returns Home for Saturday Match with Northridge

No. 18 UCSB Returns Home for Saturday Match with Northridge

Oct. 22, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7 pm
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (2-10-2, 1-4-1)
Series record vs. Matadors: 17-14-5
Last meeting: W, 1-0 - Nov. 11, 2009
Streak vs. Matadors: Won 2
Game available on Gametracker
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• `Cause Saturday Night's The Night I Like
UC Santa Barbara returns home on Saturday to host Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference match. It marks the second to last regular season home match for the Gauchos. UCSB will carry a six-match win streak into the game.

• For The Record
UCSB's current six-match win streak is the longest by the program since 2007 when the team produced six consecutive Big West wins from Oct. 20 through Nov. 13. With the win over UC Davis on Wednesday, the Gauchos improve to 9-3-2 overall and 5-1 in Big West games. UCSB has won nine of its last 10 games and five-straight conference matches.

• Home Sweet Home
UCSB owns a 5-1-1 mark at home this season and has won its last five matches at Harder Stadium, all since school has been back in session. The Gauchos have 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 Wednesday's win over UC Davis, the Gauchos maintained their lead in the Big West standings with 15 points. UC Irvine (4-0-1) is currently in second place with a game in hand. Saturday's opponent, Cal State Northridge, has gone 1-4-1 in Big West games and is currently in sixth in the league standings. 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.

• Spreading The Wealth
Sophomore Nic Ryan scored his first career goal on Wednesday to propel the Gauchos to their win at UC Davis. Ryan became the 13th Gaucho to score this season and the seventh to tally a game-winner. UCSB leads all Big West teams for number of goal-scorers and is one of two conference schools with double-digit goal-scorers; UC Irvine has 12 players with at least one goal.

• Barrera Earns Yet Another Weekly Honor
On Wednesday, junior midfielder Danny Barrera was selected as the NSCAA Player of the Week, adding yet another honor to his growing list of weekly accolades. Barrera was also selected as the Big West Offensive Player of the Week, LA Soccer News Player of the Week and Gaucho of the Week. The junior scored two of the Gauchos' three game-winning goals last week 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. Barrera 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). Barrera is now tied 10th on the UCSB career assists list with Bryan Byrne and Tony Lochhead after he tallied his 19th against UCR.

• Luis Lights It Up
Junior midfielder Luis Silva has hit his stride lately, scoring three goals across the last three conference contests. After tallying the game-winner against Cal Poly, he helped pave the way for the Gaucho comeback in Riverside by tying the game at three-all with an unassisted strike. His most recent goal was on another unassisted shot in the 86th minute against UC Davis. He is currently fourth on the team with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists).

• Garza Knows Goals
Sophomore Sam Garza brought his team-leading goals count to six with an unassisted strike in the 80th minute against Duke a week ago 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 1.15 points per game. He also leads the conference with his 42 shots and 3.46 per game average.

• Offensive Onslaught
As of Monday, UCSB led the Big West in every offensive category within league games. The Gauchos are tops for shots (19.5 per game), points (6.33 per game), goals (13), goals per game (2.17), assists (12), assists per game (2.00) and corners (8.20 per game). UCSB has outscored its Big West opposition, 13-6, and has out-shot them, 117-47.

• Defensive Behavior
For the third time this season, UCSB limited its opposition to just two shots on-goal during Wednesday's match with the Aggies. The previous two times the Gauchos accomplished that has been in the past five games: against Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 6) and Duke (Oct. 15).

• Sam's Shutouts
Sam Hayden recorded his 21st career shutout against UC Davis. After less than two full seasons with the Gauchos, the senior is now one shutout away from tying fourth-ranked Ryan Sparre in the UCSB record books and three away from tying Kyle Reynish.

• Red Card Report
Chris Hunter will sit out Saturday's match due to a red card suspension incurred at Davis. This will be just the second match the starter has missed this season; the first was against Davidson due to an injury.

• 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 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 Sam, click here.

• A Matador Minute
Northridge enters Saturday's match amidst a four-game losing streak and has scored just two goals in that span. The Matadors hosted UC Irvine on Wednesday and fell, 2-1, to the Anteaters. Rafael Garcia leads the team with nine points (2 goals, 5 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.

• The Series Against Northridge
The all-time series against Northridge has been a tight one with UCSB holding a slight 17-14-5 lead. Over the past four seasons, the Gauchos have held the advantage going 6-2-1 since 2006 against the Matadors. Northridge was, however, the only team to hand the Gauchos a league loss in 2009 with a 1-0 win on Oct. 18. Northridge and UCSB have combined for eight of the last nine Big West regular season titles, with one of the two teams winning the crown every year from 2001-07. This marks the first season since 2000 that the teams will meet just once during the regular season.

• The Road Ahead
Following Saturday's match, UCSB will have just three remaining regular season contests left. Next Wednesday, the Gauchos will travel to Cal Poly for a contest with the Mustangs that will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

• 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.

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