Oct. 26, 2010
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 8 pm
UC Santa Barbara (10-3-2, 6-1) at Cal Poly (5-5-3, 2-2-2)
Series record vs. Mustangs: 41-13-5
Last meeting: W, 2-1 (Oct. 12, 2010)
Streak vs. Mustangs: Won 1
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast LIVE on AM 1290 and UCSBgauchos.com
Live on Fox Soccer Channel
Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 8 pm
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine (12-1-2, 5-0-1)
Series record vs. Anteaters: 32-14-3
Last meeting: L, 4-1 (Nov. 14, 2009)
Streak vs. Anteaters: Lost 1
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast LIVE on AM 1290 and UCSBgauchos.com
Challenging Week Ahead For The Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara will make its final road swing of the regular season this week as it heads to Cal Poly for a mid-week match - which will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel - and to UC Irvine on Saturday for a battle between the league leaders.
Where To Tune In
If you are in the Santa Barbara area and will be tuning into Wednesday's game on Fox Soccer Channel, you can catch it on channel 265 on Cox Cable, 149 on Dish Network and 613 on Direct TV.
For The Record
UCSB has improved to 10-3-2 on the season and 6-1-0 in Big West play following Saturday's victory over Cal State Northridge. UCSB is currently amidst a seven-match win streak, which is the longest by the program since the 2004 season when the team produced an eight and then a 10-game win streak. The Gauchos have won 10 of their last 11 games.
On The Road Again
The Gauchos have been very successful at home this season, posting a 6-1-1 mark inside the friendly confines of Harder Stadium and they have won six straight on their home pitch. UCSB has had a bit more of a difficult time in road matches, going 2-2-1, but it has won its last two away games.
Ready For Their Close Up
Wednesday's match is the Gauchos' second contest this year that will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel. UCSB has posted a 7-1-3 record in TV games and owns a 5-1 record in FSC contests. Of UCSB's seven wins on TV, six have been shutouts, including the 2-0 win over Duke on Oct. 15.
The Wild, Wild (Big) West
With its pair of conference wins last week, UCSB improved to 6-1-1 and maintained its lead in the Big West standings with 18 points. Saturday's opponent, UC Irvine (5-0-1), is in second with 16 points and a game in hand. Cal Poly is currently in fifth place with its 2-2-2 record. Since falling 1-0 in overtime at Fullerton in their league opener, the Gauchos have won six straight Big West matches. UCSB was 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.
Boxall Named Big West Defensive Player of the Week
Senior Michael Boxall was selected as the Big West's Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Gauchos to shutout wins over UC Davis and Northridge. He led a defense that limited the Aggies to just two shots on frame and six overall. Then he helped shut down the Matadors, holding CSUN to just seven shots with four coming on goal. He played all 180 minutes over the two matches.
Garza Picks Up Pair of National Honors
Sophomore Sam Garza was named to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week after recording a hat trick in Saturday's win over Northridge. Two of his three goals came within a minute of each other. His trio of goals were the first by a Gaucho since Chris Pontius notched a hat trick on Oct. 3, 2007 against UC Irvine. With the three strikes, Garza brought his team-leading total to nine goals and now has 21 points on the season.
Sam Hayden recorded his 22nd career shutout against Northridge, which ties him for fourth on the UCSB career shutouts list with Ryan Sparre (1988-91). He is two away from tying Kyle Reynish (2003-06) for third all-time. Hayden is currently ranked 21st nationally with his 0.71 goals against average and is 30th for saves percentage (.824). The senior has recorded a 0.73 goals against average during his two seasons with the Gauchos, which is on-pace to set a school record, surpassing Reynish's career average of 0.81.
Garza Knows Goals
Sam Garza currently leads the Big West in nearly every offensive category. The sophomore has a conference-best 0.64 goals per game average and nine total goals. His 21 points and 1.50 points per game are tops in the league as are his 48 shots and 3.43 shots per game. In Big West games, he is tied with UC Irvine's Amani Walker for the league lead for points (10), points per game (1.67), goals (5) and goals per game (0.83). Appropriately, the Gauchos' No. 17 ranks 17th nationally for goals per game and total goals while ranking 20th for total points and 23rd for points per game.
Happy To Help You
Danny Barrera tallied his sixth assist of the season and 20th of his career on Sam Garza's third goal on Saturday. The helper ties him for ninth all-time on the UCSB career assists list with Michael Zawianski (1983-86) and ninth in the Big West record books. He is second on the squad with 12 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and first for assists.
Forward David Opoku tallied the game-winner in Saturday's victory over Northridge just 4:29 into the match. The goal was his fourth of the season and second game-clincher. The freshman is second on the team for goals and third for points with 11 (4 goals, 3 assists).
Luis Lights It Up
Junior midfielder Luis Silva has hit his stride lately, tallying points in the last four conference contests. He scored against Cal Poly (Oct. 12), UC Riverside (Oct. 17), and UC Davis (Oct. 20) and on Saturday, he assisted David Opoku's game-winner against Northridge. He is currently fourth on the team with nine points (3 goals, 3 assists).
Pulse On The Polls
For the first time since the week of Sept. 6, UCSB is ranked in the top-25 of all five national polls. The Gauchos' highest rank is No. 13 in the Soccer America poll.
UCSB is currently ranked 17th nationally among Division I programs for total goals (30) and 20th for scoring offense with its average of 2.0 goals per game. In the last 11 games - 10 of which UCSB has won - the Gauchos have been averaging 2.45 goals per game. The last time UCSB finished a season with an average of two or more goals per match was in 2007 when they averaged 2.20.
The Gauchos lead the Big West with an average of 18.57 shots per game and have an overall average of 15.4 shots per contest. UCSB's current .494 shots on goal percentage is the best recorded by the program in the last six seasons.
UCSB is currently ranked 20th nationally with its 0.70 goals against average and 27th with its .470 shutout percentage. The team's .817 saves percentage, meanwhile, ranks 39th among Division I teams. The Gauchos have limited their opposition to an average of 0.73 goals per match, which ranks as the third lowest all-time in the UCSB record books behind the 2004 (0.56 gpg) and 1990 (0.72 gpg) squads' defenses.
The NCAA's third Ratings Percentage Index report was released on Tuesday and it has the Gauchos 35th on the list. UCSB has the top RPI in the Big West; UC Irvine is currently 46th on the list. The RPI, which is updated throughout the season, factors into the seeding and selection for the NCAA Tournament.
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.
Wednesday's meeting will be the second between UCSB and Cal Poly this season. The Gauchos won the first match, 2-1, at Harder Stadium. Luis Silva scored the game-winner with just 53 seconds to go in regulation time to propel UCSB to the win. Since Tim Vom Steeg took over the program in 1999, the Gauchos have posted an 8-2-1 record at Cal Poly. In recent years, the Mustangs have been tougher to beat on their home pitch as the Gauchos have gone 1-1-1 in the last three meetings in San Luis Obispo with the last two going into double overtime.
College Cup Tickets On Sale
UCSB is the proud host of the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup, which will take place Dec. 10 and 12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. This marks the first time since the 2004 season that the Cup has been held on the West Coast. All-Session passes for the College Cup can be purchased by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.