No. 2 Gauchos Wrap Up the Regular Season this Week

Nov. 3, 2009

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 7 p.m.

No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (13-3-1, 7-1-0) at Cal Poly (8-9-1, 6-3-0)
at Alex G. Spanos Stadium
Series record vs. Cal Poly - 40-13-4
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. Cal Poly - W, 1-0 (Oct. 7, 2009)
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming at UCSBgauchos.com)
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 7 p.m.
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis (6-11-1, 3-5-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series record vs. UC Davis - 12-3-4
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. UC Davis - W, 3-0 (Oct. 15, 2009)
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming at UCSBgauchos.com)
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

• This Week In Gaucho Soccer
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara will wrap up its Big West regular season schedule with a pair of matches. The Gauchos will head to Cal Poly on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match-up and then return home on Saturday for the final regular season game of the year against UC Davis at 7 p.m.

• How To Get Your Tickets
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• One Point Away From Top Seed
The Gauchos defeated Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine last week to improve to 13-3-1 overall and 7-1-0 in the Big West. The wins gave UCSB sole possession of first place on the Big West leaderboard and the Gauchos need just one point between their next two games to clinch the No. 1 seed into the conference tournament. A share of the regular season conference title is guaranteed though, and it will be the Gauchos' sixth overall, all of which have been won in the last nine seasons.

• Big West Update
In addition to the Gauchos, Cal Poly (6-3) and UC Irvine (5-3) have also earned spots in the conference tourney next week. Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and UC Davis will vie for the fourth position this week.

• Boxall Twice Honored Nationally
Junior defender Michael Boxall was named to both the College Soccer News and the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after helping lead the Gauchos to a pair of shutout wins last week. UCSB did not allow a single goal in 192:56 minutes of play and brought its shutout count to 11 for the season (seven of the last eight games). Boxall leads a defense that has allowed only one goal in the last eight contests. UCSB has been the only team to hold UC Irvine scoreless this season, twice shutting down the Big West's leader for points, goals (2.29 per game) and assists.

• Movin' On Up
UCSB has been ranked in all five national polls every week of the season and on Monday, UCSB received its highest poll position of the year, coming in at No. 2 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings, marking the Gauchos' highest ranking since they were ranked first in the NSCAA 2007 preseason poll. The previous 2009 season-high ranking was No. 3 in the NSCAA poll on Oct. 13. Soccer Times and the NSCAA both have the Gauchos ranked third and College Soccer News and Soccer America have ranked them fourth.

• Among The Nation's Best
In the latest national statistics report, UCSB is ranked fifth in the nation with it's .650 shutout percentage and is eighth for won-lost-tied percentage (.794). The Gauchos rank 15th for scoring offense with a team average of 1.94 goals per game, rank 17th for team goals against average and 22nd for save percentage (.836) among all Division I programs.

• Mustang Matters
Cal Poly enters Wednesday's match with an 8-9-1 overall record and a 6-3-0 mark in the Big West. The Mustangs split a pair of conference matches last week, defeating UC Riverside, 3-0, on Wednesday before falling 2-0 at UC Davis on Saturday. David Zamora leads the team with six goals and 15 points. In goal, Patrick McLain leads the conference with his .827 saves percentage and has posted a 6-4-0 record.

• A Little About The Aggies
UC Davis enters Saturday's game with a 6-11-1 overall record and a 3-5-1 mark in conference games. The Aggies are paced by Paul Marcoux, who has tallied 13 points (five goals, three assists) and Chris Leer, who has four goals and four assists. In goal, Ryan McCowan has posted a 5-9-1 record and averages 1.54 goals against.

• Living In A State Of Denial
Saturday's 1-0 double overtime win marked UCSB's 11th shutout of the season, eighth in the last nine games and seventh in Big West play. The Gauchos have allowed just 12 goals this season and have posted a 0.69 goals against average, which leads the conference. UCSB is currently on-pace to finish the season in the school's all-time top-five for lowest goals against average in a season, the school record was set in 2004 with an average of 0.56.

• Shutout Sam
Goalkeeper Sam Hayden is now tied for third in the UCSB record books with Bob Tuler (1978) with his 11 shutouts this season. He is just two away from tying Dan Kennedy's school-record 13 shutouts, set in 2004. Hayden leads the Big West with his 0.70 goals against average, ranking 25th nationally and ranks second in league and 31st in the nation with his .826 save percentage.

• 18 Points And Counting
Sophomore Danny Barrera currently leads the Gauchos with his 18 points and ranks third in the Big West. His team-leading eight assists are also tops in the Big West and his 0.47 assists per game rank 28th in the country. Last weekend, Barrera provided assists in each of the Gauchos' contests, including a helper on Tim Pontius' game-winning goal against UC Irvine in overtime. Barrera has also posted five goals, good for second on the team.

• Walker Doubles Up
Senior David Walker leads the squad with six goals and has doubled his career goals total this season. Walker is third in the conference for goals and goals per game (0.38). He is third on the team behind Danny Barrera and Michael Nonni with 15 points this season and ranks fifth in the Big West with a 2.38 points per game average.

• Record Watch
UCSB's 13-3-1 record marks its best start to a season since 2004 when the Gauchos jumped out to a 14-2-1 record in their first 17 games. That season the Gauchos made their first College Cup Final appearance.

• On The Air
All the remaining 2009 contests, including postseason matches, will be broadcast in Santa Barbara on KIST 1490 AM and online at UCSBgauchos.com. Both of this week's games will be broadcast live with Steve Wendt calling all the action and Barry Punzal providing color commentary.

• Soccer Town USA
UCSB is currently on course to break the modern-day men's soccer attendance record. The Gauchos are averaging 4,541 fans per game, and with at least two home matches left, should top the NCAA record of 3,629 fans per game set by New Mexico in 2005. The unofficial record is held by Connecticut, which averaged 4,297 fans a game in 1982. UCSB has led the nation in average attendance the last two years, averaging 3,435 fans in 2007 and 3,444 in 2008.

• Blue-Green Rivalry
Wednesday's game is part of the Blue-Green Rivalry series between UCSB and Cal Poly. The rivalry is based on the results of the school's 16 common sports. As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green). For more information, click here.

• The Vom Steeg File
In his 11th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg became the winningest coach in Big West history on Oct. 7 when UCSB defeated Cal Poly, 1-0 and then won his 150th game on Oct. 15 with UCSB's 3-0 victory over UC Davis. Vom Steeg has posted a 153-59-21 record at the helm of UCSB and a 132-42-20 record since the program rejoined the Big West in 2001. 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.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online. Head coach Tim Vom Steeg will be a featured guest this week.

• Thank You Santa Barbara Airport
Saturday's game is brought to you by the Santa Barbara Airport, the official Airport of UCSB Athletics. Five major airlines serve the Santa Barbara Airport with nonstop flights and worldwide connections, so break away and fly Santa Barbara. Call 805-967-7111 today to book your flight.