UCSB to Face No. 6 Seeded Cal in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 19, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm<
UC Santa Barbara (14-4-3) at Cal (12-2-3)
Series record vs. Golden Bears: 11-15-3
Last meeting: L, 3-2 (2OT) - Nov. 25, 2008
Streak vs. Golden Bears: Lost 2
Game available on Gametracker
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Gauchos Advance To Second Round After Wild Win
UC Santa Barbara has advanced to the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Second Round after defeating Denver, 1-0, in double overtime on Thursday. The Gauchos travel to sixth-seeded Cal on Sunday to take on the Golden Bears in a 1:30 pm match at Edwards Stadium.
Tickets to Sunday's match at Cal are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (65 and older), youth (2 years to 12th grade) and students (with a college ID). Cal will accept cash only and there will be no advance ticket sales. The entire venue is general admission and sales booths can be located on both the north and south sides of the stadium.
UCSB has played in the second round of the NCAA Championship every year either by merit of a first round bye or first round win. The Gauchos have advanced to the tournament's third round during three of the last four seasons.
It took 31 shots and 105 minutes for UCSB to defeat Denver in Thursday's NCAA First Round match. Junior Waid Ibrahim scored the golden goal just five minutes after entering the game. The match was the only first round pairing this season that needed to be settled in overtime, but was the eighth to be decided by one goal.
How The (Big) West Was Won
UCSB received an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament after defeating Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, in the Big West Championship on Nov. 13. The tournament title is UCSB's first since the league started hosting a championship in 2008; the last time the Gauchos' received the Big West's automatic berth was during the 2007 season.
Gauchos In The NCAA Tournament
UCSB has posted a 16-6-2 record in its nine NCAA Tournaments. The Gauchos have twice advanced to the College Cup Final (2004 and 2006) and won the program's first national title in 2006. In eight of their nine NCAA Tournament appearances, the Gauchos have won at least one game.
On The Road Again
Sunday's match will mark the first time that the Gauchos will play on the road since the Oct. 30 match at UC Irvine. UCSB has posted a 2-3-2 record on opposing pitches and has gone into overtime in five of its seven away matches. The Gauchos have posted a 4-5 record on opponent's fields in NCAA Tournament games. UCSB has lost two straight at Cal, its last win in Berkeley was a 1-0 in overtime victory on Nov. 7, 1999.
So We Meet Again
Cal is a familiar foe for the Gauchos in the NCAA Tournament. In its previous eight NCAA appearances, UCSB has played Cal three times, all in the second round. The two teams last met in the 2008 second round when Cal came out with a 3-2 double overtime victory. The Golden Bears also ended UCSB's postseason run in the second round in 2002 with a 2-1 win, but the Gauchos captured a 2-0 victory the following season.
Thursday's match marked the Gauchos' ninth this season to go into overtime. UCSB improved to 3-3-3 in extra time this year with all but four of those contests taking place on the road. The Gauchos' nine overtime games are the most in program history. UCSB has gone 3-3-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament overtime contests.
Home Sweet Harder
UCSB improved its record to 10-1-1 in matches at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium this season and has won its last 10 at home. UCSB's lone home loss of the season came to Creighton, which has also advanced to the NCAA Second Round. The Gauchos have posted a 10-1-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches held at Harder Stadium with their lone postseason loss coming in double overtime against Cal during a second round game in 2008. UCSB has gone 238-119-40 (.650) all-time at Harder Stadium and 93-23-13 (.777) since Tim Vom Steeg took over the program in 1999.
Pulse On The Polls
UCSB is currently ranked in the top-25 of five national polls. The Gauchos' highest current rank is No. 8 by Soccer America, which marks the first time since Sept. 7 that UCSB has been ranked in any poll's top-10.
Gauchos Dominate Big West Awards
The Big West Conference announced its year-end awards on Tuesday and the Gauchos claimed at least a portion of all six major awards. Junior Danny Barrera repeated as the Big West Midfielder of the Year and senior Sam Hayden picked up his second straight Big West Goalkeeper of the Year honor. Senior Michael Boxall was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year while sophomore Sam Garza was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, sharing the honor with UC Irvine's Amani Walker. Forward David Opoku was selected as Freshman of the Year. Rounding out the honors is head coach Tim Vom Steeg, who won his third Coach of the Year nod. Sophomore defender Machael David and junior midfielder Luis Silva joined Barrera, Boxall, Garza and Hayden on the All-Big West First Team. Opoku and junior defender Peter McGlynn earned All-Big West Second Team accolades and junior defender Chris Hunter was an honorable mention selection.
Silva Earns National Recognition, Named Big West Tournament MVP
Junior midfielder Luis Silva tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the 23rd minute of the Big West Championship game. For his heroics, he was selected as the Big West Tournament MVP and was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's Team of the Week for the second straight week. The Los Angeles, Calif. native now has six goals on the season, which is tied second on the team with David Opoku. He is third on the team in points with 16 (6 goals, 4 assists). His three game-winning goals are the most on the team.
As of Monday, UCSB ranked 24th nationally for scoring offense with an average of 1.86 goals per game and ranked 13th nationally for total goals (39). UCSB has been held to one or no goals on just seven occasions and only twice at home: Sept. 7 vs. Creighton and Nov. 18 vs. Denver.
The Gauchos have limited their opposition to an average of 0.71 goals per match, which is the second lowest all-time in the UCSB record books after the 2004 squad's 0.56 average. UCSB is ranked 19th nationally for lowest goals against average (0.67), 27th for shutout percentage (.476) and 47th for save percentage (.812). The Gauchos limited Denver to just one shot on goal on Thursday, marking the second time this season they have done so; the first time was against UC Riverside on Nov. 6.
UCSB has out-shot its competition in every contest this year and has held the advantage for shots in its last 24 consecutive contests, dating back to its 2009 NCAA First Round game against Wofford (Nov. 19, 2009). The Gauchos are averaging 16.9 shots per game and matched their season-high with 31 shots against Denver; they also tallied 31 shots in the 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 6.
Spreading The Wealth
Waid Ibrahim became the 15th Gaucho to score a goal this season on Thursday. UCSB's 15 goal scorers are the most in the last decade; the 2004, 2005 and 2008 teams each had 13 players score at least one goal. Eight UCSB players have tallied at least one game-winning goal, the last time that happened was during the 2004 season when nine players provided game-clinchers.
Happy To Help You
Two-time Big West Midfielder of the Year, Danny Barrera, leads the Gauchos and ranks second in the conference with eight assists. He notched his eighth assist on Waid Ibrahim's game-winner Thursday. The junior is now tied sixth on the UCSB career list and is eighth all-time in Big West lore with his 22 career assists.
Two-time Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, Sam Hayden, is currently on-pace to set the UCSB and conference record for career goals against average at 0.71. He now ranks third outright in UCSB history with 25 career shuouts - he would need two more to tie second-ranked Steve Tipping (1979-83) - and tied fourth in the Big West annuls. This season, the senior ranks 21st nationally with his 0.68 goals against average and he ranks 41st with his .817 saves percentage.
Garza Knows Goals
Sophomore forward Sam Garza leads the Gauchos with his nine goals and 24 points. His six assists are second on the team. He ranks 38th nationally among Division I players for goals (9), 34th for total points (24), 52nd for goals per game (0.45) and 40th for points per game (1.2). His 73 shots this season tie him with Neil Jones for eighth all-time in the UCSB single season records. Garza is on-pace to become the first underclassman to lead UCSB for goals in a season since Jaime Ambriz tied for the team-lead (8) as a sophomore in 1999 and he could be the first underclassman to lead the team in points since Danny Mann did it in 1995 with 22.
Five current Gauchos played in the last NCAA match-up with Cal on Nov. 25, 2008: Michael Boxall, Michael Tetteh, Peter McGlynn, Luis Silva and Danny Barrera. Tetteh scored and posted an assist in the loss.
Cal enters Sunday's game with a 12-2-3 overall record. The Golden Bears won the Pac-10 title and the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with their 8-1-1 league record. Cal is paced by Davis Paul's 27 points (7 goals, 13 assists) while David Bingham has made every start in goal and has posted a 0.70 goals against average and .890 saves percentage. The Golden Bears have gone undefeated in their last five contests and have won their last four, all by one goal. Cal has given up four goals in their last three contests (Oct. 29 thru Nov. 11) after allowing just three across their previous eight games (Oct. 2 thru Oct. 24). The teams have shared two common opponents this season: UCLA and Denver. UCSB has gone 2-0 against those teams while Cal posted a 1-1-1 record.
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.