No. 6 UCSB Hosts No. 4 Stanford in MPSF Opener on Sunday
Oct. 14, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (9-4) vs. Alumni, 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Sunday, October 17, 2010
No. 6 UCSB (9-4, 0-0) vs. No. 4 Stanford (7-4, 1-0), 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Taking On The Cardinal
At the SoCal Tournament, sixth-ranked UCSB upset No. 4 Stanford, 12-10, in a non-conference game on Oct. 2 and eventually placed fourth in the tournament. The Gauchos' six goals in the second quarter propelled them to the win. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for UCSB against the Cardinal; its last win prior to Oct. 2 over the program had come on Nov. 9, 2008. Sunday's game will mark the third meeting between the two teams this year; Stanford won the first by way of a 7-6 score during the NorCal Invitational on Sept. 18. Before coming to Santa Barbara on Sunday, Stanford will head south to play UCLA (9-3, 1-1) on Friday in a conference game.
Though Sunday marks the Gauchos' Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener, most of the conference has already opened league play. The Cardinal got out to a great start on Sunday as they knocked off previously undefeated USC, 5-3. Stanford goalkeeper, Brian Pingree helped the Cardinal pull off the upset recording 14 saves in the game, for which he earned MPSF Player of the Week honors. The loss snapped USC's 18-game win streak dating back to last year's MPSF Tournament. Cal and UC Irvine also got out to 1-0 starts in league games with wins over UCLA (1-1) and Pepperdine (0-2), respectively.
UCSB is currently ranked fourth in the MPSF for team defense after allowing an average of just 7.31 goals across its 13 games. Bolstering the defense are UCSB goalkeepers Myles Christian and Fraser Bunn. Christian ranks second in the MPSF with his 6.73 goals against average while Bunn is seventh with a GAA of 8.0.
Golic Knows Goals
With his three goals on Sunday in the win over Concordia, three-time All-American Milos Golic broke the 27 year-old UCSB record for career goals. The hat trick brought his count to 246, which tops Larry Mouchawar's previous school record of 244, which was set during the 1983 season. The native of Belgrade, Serbia tied the record just three minutes and 23 seconds into the second quarter against the Eagles. He then made the record his own just a minute and 33 seconds later with his 245th career goal. Golic is also within reach of another feat: becoming just the fourth athlete in school history to become a four-time All-American. Golic's 34 goals on the season ranks as the third most in the MPSF and he is posting an average of 2.62 goals per contest, which ranks second in the league.
Some Well Deserved Recognition
With all the hype surrounding Golic and his record-breaking day, junior Noah Smith's performance in Sunday's games may have been overlooked. Smith matched his career-high with his four-goal performance against Harvard in Sunday's later game. He also had two goals in the earlier game against Concordia to bring his total for the day to a team-leading six points. For Smith, the four goals against the Crimson were a season-best, topping his previous season-high of two goals.
Following this weekend's game with Stanford, UCSB will remain at home to host No. 8 Long Beach State (7-6) on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Campus Pool at noon.