2011 Men's Soccer News

June 7, 2012
Men’s Soccer Welcomes Community Groups for Gauchos Give Nights
The UCSB men’s soccer team has partnered with 25 local organizations, including elementary schools, middle schools, non-profits and churches as a part of the 2012 Gauchos Give Game Nights.

June 7, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: O'Brien Leads Atlanta to First Win

June 4, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Gaucho Alums Continue U.S. Open Cup Action on Tuesday
The U.S. Open Cup continues on Tuesday, June 5 and several former UCSB players’ teams are still in contention.

May 30, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Garza Scores Twice to Lead Earthquakes to Win Over Strikers
In a pairing that pitted Gaucho vs. Gaucho, former UCSB star Sam Garza (2010-11) shone as he led the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Tuesday night at Stanford's Cagan Stadium in third round U.S. Open Cup play.

May 29, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: U.S. Open to Feature Gaucho vs. Gaucho Match-Ups
As the 99th U.S. Open Cup continues this week, a pair of matches over the next couple of days will feature clubs that boast former Gauchos on the roster.

May 24, 2012
Boxall Recalled to New Zealand National Team
Former UC Santa Barbara standout and current member of Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, Michael Boxall was called back up to the New Zealand National Team last week.

May 17, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Rookie life a tough adjustment for Earthquakes' Garza
By Geoff Lepper, MLSsoccer.com

May 17, 2012
Future Gaucho Boateng nets National Player of the Year
Ema Boateng grew up in a home with no electricity and no running water in Ghana, but his intellect, determination and soccer ability offered him a shot at a better life. The teen hit a pretty big bull's-eye Thursday when he was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

May 16, 2012
UCSB Signee Boateng Named California's Gatorade Player of the Year
Cate High School star and future UCSB player Ema Boteng was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of California in boy's soccer after already garnering the D-7 MVP honor and myriad other awards.

May 8, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Trio of Gauchos take to the Pitch
Three former Gauchos appeared in one Major League Soccer match for the first time this season during Saturday’s pairing between Toronto FC and D.C. United.

April 24, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: David Opoku signs with Finnish club Myllkosken Pallo

April 24, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Pontius hat trick good enough for Player of the Week award

April 16, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Chivas' Kennedy captures PotW, knocks Henry off his perch
Courtesy of MLSsoccer.com

April 13, 2012
Big West Men’s Soccer Spring Preview
By J.R. Eskilson, TopDrawerSoccer.com

April 5, 2012
UCSB Soccer Announces 2012 Gauchos Give Dates, Launches New Community Outreach Blog
The UCSB men’s soccer team is proud to announce its Gauchos Give Game Nights for the 2012 season.

March 9, 2012
Gauchos in the Pros: Silva and Garza Net Goals this Week
Former UCSB stars and current Major League Soccer rookies Luis Silva and Sam Garza each netted goals for their respective teams this week.

March 6, 2012
UMBC Transfer Daniel Welsh Added to 2012 Men’s Soccer Roster
The UCSB men’s soccer team will add UMBC transfer Daniel Welsh to its 2012 roster it was announced by head coach Tim Vom Steeg today.

March 5, 2012
Handicapping 2012 Rookie of the Year race
Article Written By Travis Clark, ESNN

February 22, 2012
SIlva Getting Early Assist From Avila
Former Gauchos teaming up in Toronto.

February 16, 2012
Men's Soccer to Hold Tryouts Next Tuesday
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will hold walk-on tryouts next Tuesday, Feb. 21 at UCSB's Rob Field.

February 8, 2012
2012 All Gaucho Reunion Soccer Events Announced
The UCSB women’s and men’s soccer programs has announced its schedule for the 2012 All Gaucho Reunion, being held the weekend of April 27-29 on the UCSB campus. Highlights of the schedule include alumni games, a reception at Santa Barbara Yacht Club and a golf tournament.

February 1, 2012
Local Standout Ema Boateng Signs NLI, Creighton Transfer Dion Acoff to Join UCSB
The future looks bright for the UCSB men’s soccer team following head coach Tim Vom Steeg’s announcement of the latest additions to the 2012 roster on Wednesday.

February 1, 2012
Rookie Silva settling in quickly with Toronto's 4-3-3
Toronto FC’s Luis Silva has started to make the adjustment to the professional level from the college game. And he feels that he is making progress.

January 19, 2012
UCSB Leads Nation in Attendance for Fifth Year
It’s official: UC Santa Barbara led the nation in men’s soccer attendance for the fifth consecutive year it was announced by the NSCAA.

January 17, 2012
Pontius and Kiffe Picked in MLS Supplemental Draft
Senior defenders Tim Pontius and James Kiffe were both selected during Tuesday’s Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft, bringing the total count of 2012 UC Santa Barbara draft picks to four. Seattle Sounders FC selected Pontius in the Second Round (33rd overall) and San Jose Earthquakes drafted Kiffe in the Fourth Round (63rd overall).

January 12, 2012
Gauchos put best feet forward
By Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press Senior Writer

January 12, 2012
Silva Becomes UCSB’s Highest MLS SuperDraft Pick, Garza Picked Sixth
Senior Luis Silva was selected fourth overall by Toronto FC during Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft making him the highest draft pick in UC Santa Barbara history. Teammate junior Sam Garza – who signed a Generation adidas contract – went two picks later to the San Jose Earthquakes.

January 11, 2012
MLS Fate of Several Gauchos to be Decided in Tomorrow's 2012 SuperDraft
Major League Soccer will hold its 2012 SuperDraft tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 12 in Kansas City, Missouri. The proceedings will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN 3 at 9 a.m.

December 26, 2011
Silva Named to the Soccer America MVPs First Team, Joined by Kiffe on ESPN LA All-Area Team
Senior Luis Silva can add two more accolades to his growing list of year-end accomplishments: Soccer America MVPs First Team and ESPN Los Angeles All-Area Team honors. He is joined by teammate James Kiffe on the latter team.

December 26, 2011
Sam Garza Signs Generation adidas Contract, Will Forgo Senior Season at UCSB
Junior Sam Garza has signed a professional contract with Generation adidas, Major League Soccer’s youth development program, and will forgo playing his senior season at UC Santa Barbara, it was announced early last week.

December 23, 2011
16 Gauchos Earn Fall Academic All-Big West Honors
A total of 16 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the Big West Academic All-Conference teams for the fall 2011 season it was announced by the league on Friday. The women’s soccer team led the way with six honorees.

December 12, 2011
Silva Earns College Soccer News All-American Honors
On the heels of earning NSCAA All-America First Team honors, UC Santa Barbara senior Luis Silva has been named to the 2011 College Soccer News All-America First Team.

December 9, 2011
Silva Named First Team All-American, Three Earn All-Far West Honors
Senior Luis Silva made history on Friday, as he became the first UCSB men’s soccer player to garner NSCAA Men’s Division I All-America First Team honors. The midfielder has also garnered NCAA All-Far West First Team accolades along with senior defender James Kiffe. Junior Sam Garza was named to the second team.

December 7, 2011
Luis Silva Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
UC Santa Barbara senior midfielder Luis Silva has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy. He is the first Gaucho to be named to the list of semifinalists since Chris Pontius in 2008.

December 7, 2011
Kiffe and Silva Invited to Participate in 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine
Major League Soccer announced today the initial list of 52 college seniors – including UCSB defender James Kiffe and midfielder Luis Silva – who have been invited to participate in the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine.

November 30, 2011
In Soccer, the Little Schools Rule
By Ben Cohen, The Wall Street Journal

November 27, 2011
UCSB Falls to Creighton in NCAA Third Round, 2-1
In a battle between one of the country’s best offensive teams and its best defensive team, defense won out on Sunday afternoon as No. 2 seeded Creighton defeated No. 15 seeded UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, at the Bluejay’s Morrison Stadium.

November 23, 2011
UCSB Heads to Creighton for NCAA Third Round
No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round with a 3-2 victory over visiting Providence this past Sunday. The Gauchos will face No. 2 seeded Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Bluejays’ Morrison Stadium.

November 22, 2011
Skies are clearing for young fan
Christopher Roteman shrugged at the storm that was threatening Harder Stadium Sunday as he arrived for UCSB's NCAA soccer playoff match.

November 21, 2011
NCAA Second Round: UCSB vs. Providence Quotes
Postgame press conference quotes from both teams.

November 21, 2011
Madueno Named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week
Junior Josue Madueno was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after helping lead UCSB to a 3-2 win over Providence in an NCAA Tournament Second Round game on Sunday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

November 20, 2011
Gauchos Advance to NCAA Third Round with 3-2 Win Over Providence
No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara (15-6-1) opened the 2011 NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 victory over visiting Providence (11-8-1) in a Suecond Round game at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Sunday night.

November 18, 2011
UCSB Set for 10th Consecutive NCAA Appearance
No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara will open 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship play this Sunday with a Second Round game against Providence. The Gauchos will host the match at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

November 17, 2011
UCSB to Host Providence in NCAA Second Round
Providence defeated Dartmouth, 1-0, in Thursday's First Round game to advance to Sunday's match against UC Santa Barbara at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium

November 15, 2011
UCSB scorer Garza gives the NCAAs a hot foot
By Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press

November 14, 2011
NCAA Selection Show Viewing to be Held at Harder Stadium
UC Santa Barbara will be hosting a viewing party of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament Selection Show at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium today at 1:30 p.m.

November 14, 2011
Silva and Kiffe Garner Major Big West Honors
Seniors Luis Silva and James Kiffe were named the Big West Conference’s Midfielder and Defender of the Year, respectively, it was announced Monday afternoon by the league. Seven total Gauchos were named to 2011 All-Big West teams.

November 14, 2011
Gauchos Seeded 15th in NCAA Tournament, Garner First Round Bye
The UC Santa Barbara men’s soccer team has earned the No. 15 seed into the 2011 NCAA Division I Soccer Championship it was announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon. With the national seed, the Gauchos received a First Round bye and will host a Second Round game on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

November 12, 2011
Gauchos Fall in Double Overtime to UC Irvine in Big West Championship
On a wet and wild night at Anteater Stadium, UC Irvine defeated UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, in double overtime capturing the 2011 Big West Tournament title.

November 11, 2011
UCSB to Face UC Irvine in Big West Final
No. 2 seeded UC Santa Barbara advanced to its fourth-consecutive Big West Tournament Final with a 2-1 victory over No. 3 seed UC Davis on Wednesday night. The Gauchos will face top-seeded UC Irvine in the title game on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Anteater Stadium.

November 9, 2011
UCSB Advances to Big West Championship Game with 2-1 Win Over UC Davis
Second-seeded UC Santa Barbara has advanced to its fourth-consecutive Big West Tournament Championship game after defeating No. 3 seed UC Davis, 2-1, during a semifinal game on Wednesday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

November 8, 2011
UCSB Hosts UC Davis in Big West Tournament Semifinal on Wednesday
No. 2 seeded UC Santa Barbara will host No. 3 seed UC Davis on Wednesday in a Big West Tournament semifinal match.

November 7, 2011
Silva Once Again Showered With Weekly Honors
Senior midfielder Luis Silva was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week it was announced by the league on Monday. Additionally, the Los Angeles, Calif. native was also placed on the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News Teams of the Week, also for the second-straight week.

November 7, 2011
Gauchos Tighten Stranglehold on Soccer Attendance Lead
After drawing 13,822 fans to its regular season finale against Cal Poly on Nov. 4, the largest crowd for a college soccer match this season, UC Santa Barbara men’s soccer has strengthened its stranglehold on the NCAA attendance lead. The Gauchos are drawing an average of 5,375 fans per game to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

November 6, 2011
No. 2 Seed UCSB to Host No. 3 UC Davis in Big West Semifinals
Second-seeded UC Santa Barbara will host No. 3 seed UC Davis on Wednesday in a Big West Tournament semifinal game at 7 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

November 4, 2011
No. 17 UCSB Defeats Cal Poly on FOX Soccer Channel
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara defeated visiting Central Coast rival Cal Poly on Friday evening, 2-0, in front of a season-best crowd of 13,822 fans.

November 3, 2011
UCSB and Cal Poly Face Off on FOX Soccer
No. 16 UC Santa Barbara wraps up its regular season schedule this Friday with a match against Central Coast rival Cal Poly. FOX Soccer Channel will be on hand to televise the match nationally.

November 2, 2011
UCSB-Cal Poly Rivalry Renews on Friday
This Friday, Nov. 4, the biggest rivalry game in men’s college soccer will take place as UC Santa Barbara hosts Cal Poly at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium at 7 pm.

November 1, 2011
Gauchos Set to Battle Cal State Northridge Tonight
UCSB travels to Cal State Northridge today for its final regular season road match, slated for a 7 p.m. start.

November 1, 2011
Sarle only trick-or-treats on the pitch
By Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press

November 1, 2011
Thrilling Overtime Win Secures Gauchos a Spot in Big West Tournament
Senior Luis Silva’s heroics with just 19 seconds remaining in the second overtime period propelled No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to a 3-2 victory over Cal State Northridge on Tuesday evening at Matador Soccer Field.

October 31, 2011
Silva’s Multiple Honors Open Big Week for Gauchos
Senior midfielder Luis Silva has garnered multiple local and national honors for his standout performance last week. The Los Angeles, Calif. native was named Top Drawer Soccer’s Player of the Week, the Big West Offensive Player of the Week and was placed on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

October 29, 2011
UCSB Outlasts Cal State Fullerton, 4-3
Fueled by senior Luis Silva’s two goals and two assists, No. 19 UC Santa Barbara defeated Cal State Fullerton, 4-3, at Titan Stadium on Saturday night.

October 28, 2011
UCSB Makes Final Regular Season Road Swing
The Gauchos will take to the road for their final road swing of the regular season. UCSB will be looking to crack into the top-four on the Big West leaderboard in order to keep its hopes alive of repeating as the league tournament champion.

October 27, 2011
Gauchos Snap Skid With Victory Over UC Davis
Senior defender Tim Pontius’ two goals propelled No. 19 UC Santa Barbara to a 3-1 victory over visiting UC Davis on Wednesday evening at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

October 26, 2011
Google It: André Grandt’s Path to UCSB
By Brent Pella, Daily Nexus

October 25, 2011
No. 19 Gauchos to Host League-Leader UC Davis
After dropping consecutive Big West contests, UCSB will look to bounce back this Wednesday as it hosts UC Davis, which is tied with UC Irvine at the top of the league’s leaderboard.

October 22, 2011
UCSB Unable to Overcome UC Riverside
There is a first time for everything and on Saturday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium, UC Riverside won its first match in Santa Barbara. The Highlanders defeated No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, to snap their 10-game losing skid on the Gauchos’ pitch

October 21, 2011
UCSB Seeks Redemption Against Riverside
Following its longest hiatus of the season – seven days without a game – UC Santa Barbara will resume Big West action on Saturday when the Gauchos host UC Riverside at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

October 14, 2011
Last-Minute Penalty Kick Seals Mustangs’ Comeback Victory Over No. 12 UCSB
UC Santa Barbara’s struggles at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium continued on Friday night as the Gauchos fell 2-1 to the Mustangs in front of a sellout crowd of 11,075.

October 13, 2011
Gauchos Look to Stay Hot at Cal Poly on Friday
UCSB will head north on Highway 101 this Friday to face Big West rival Cal Poly in a 7 p.m. match-up at the Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The Gauchos, who are riding a three-game winning streak, will look to snap a two match winless streak in San Luis Obispo.

October 13, 2011
Golden Scarf Ceremony Set for Nov. 4 Cal Poly Game
UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that this year's "Golden Scarf" ceremony will take at halftime of the highly-anticipated men's soccer match against Cal Poly on Friday, Nov. 4. The contest will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

October 11, 2011
No. 12 Gauchos Cruise Past Fullerton, 6-0
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara scored six times on Tuesday night as the Gauchos defeated visiting Cal State Fullerton, 6-0, at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Senior Luis Silva and sophomore David Opoku each scored twice to lead UCSB to its third-straight victory.

October 10, 2011
Silva Garners Multiple Weekly Honors
Senior midfielder Luis Silva has been showered with multiple honors after a standout week on the pitch.

October 10, 2011
UCSB Hosts Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday
UC Santa Barbara continues Big West Conference action this weekend as the Gauchos host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday before traveling up Highway 101 to take-on Cal Poly in a Friday evening pairing.

October 8, 2011
Garza's Golden Goal Gives Gauchos Game
DAVIS, Calif. - If anything, the No. 15 UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is making things exciting these days.

October 7, 2011
Gauchos Resume Big West Action at UC Davis
Coming off its thrilling overtime victory against third-ranked Akron on Wednesday night, UCSB will resume Big West Conference action this Saturday at UC Davis.

October 5, 2011
UCSB Takes Down Defending College Cup Champion Akron in Overtime
Akron’s first visit to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium ended with the Zips claiming their first NCAA College Cup title last December. Their second visit was less joyful for the Zips as No. 15 UC Santa Barbara knocked off third-ranked Akron with a 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday night in front of the FOX Soccer Channel cameras.

October 4, 2011
No. 15 Gauchos to Host No. 3 Akron in FOX Soccer Channel Game on Wednesday
UCSB remains at home this Wednesday to host defending NCAA Men’s College Cup Champion Akron in the NSCAA Game of the Week, which will be televised by FOX Soccer Channel live.

October 1, 2011
Gauchos Fall to UC Irvine, 2-0
Two second half goals propelled seventh-ranked UC Irvine to a Big West Conference victory over No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

September 30, 2011
Showdown Between Defending Big West Champs Comes to Harder on Saturday
UCSB will host UC Irvine on Saturday in a showdown between the defending Big West Tournament champion and the defending Big West regular season champion.

September 28, 2011
Honors Continue to Roll in for Silva
UCSB men’s soccer midfielder Luis Silva has received two more weekly honors for his standout performance last week. The junior has been placed on the Soccer America Men’s Team of the Week and was selected as the SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Men’s College Player of the Week.

September 28, 2011
No. 7 UCSB Drops Big West Opener to UC Riverside, 3-1
Backed by its biggest crowd this season, UC Riverside upset visiting No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, on Wednesday night in both teams’ Big West Conference opener at the UCR Soccer Stadium.

September 27, 2011
UCSB Opens Big West Play at UC Riverside
UCSB opens Big West Conference play on the road this Wednesday at UC Riverside before returning home to the friendly confines of Harder Stadium on Saturday to take-on defending regular season champion No. 7 UC Irvine.

September 26, 2011
Silva, Grandt Earn Big West Player of the Week Honors
Senior midfielder Luis Silva and junior goalkeeper André Grandt have been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their parts in leading UC Santa Barbara to a pair of home wins last weekend.

September 25, 2011
No. 8 UCSB Shuts Out Sacramento State, 2-0
Eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara posted a 2-0 victory over visiting Sacramento State on Sunday evening at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos secured the win with goals from junior Machael David and senior Tim Pontius, who each scored for the first time this season.

September 23, 2011
Silva’s Hat Trick Propels No. 8 UCSB Past San Diego
UC Santa Barbara’s fans showed up in full force on Friday night and so did senior midfielder Luis Silva. The Los Angeles, Calif. native tallied a hat trick to lead the eighth-ranked Gauchos past visiting San Diego, 3-0, at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

September 21, 2011
Gauchos open window to world for Adelante students
By Barry Punzal Presidiosports.com The nationally ranked UCSB men’s soccer team kicked the ball around with the students at Adelante Charter School on Santa Barbara’s east side on Tuesday.

September 20, 2011
Gauchos Return to Harder, Host San Diego and Sacramento State
Eighth-ranked UCSB returns home this week to host a pair of non-conference contests at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos face San Diego on Friday before hosting soon-to-be Big West Conference member Sacramento State on Sunday.

September 16, 2011
Hoffman's Hat Trick Allows Bruins to Upset No. 6 Gauchos
LOS ANGELES – Chandler Hoffman's three goals in a 20-minute span on Friday night powered the No. 16 UCLA Bruins past No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, at Drake Stadium in a match-up labeled by one outlet as "The Game of the Year."

September 15, 2011
Big West men's soccer making waves
By Mechelle Voepel, ESPN.com

September 15, 2011
UCSB Athletics Once Again Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2011
Radio Broadcasts Begin on Friday from UCLA, USD Game Added to Radio Schedule
UC Santa Barbara and its multi-media rights holder Nelligan Sports Marketing, are pleased to announce that live broadcasts of 2011 Gaucho men's soccer games will begin this Friday on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station.

September 14, 2011
No. 6 UCSB Heads to Westwood to Face UCLA
Sixth-ranked UCSB will head South to take on non-conference rival No. 16 UCLA on Friday at the Bruins’ Drake Stadium.

September 11, 2011
No. 6 UCSB Battles Villanova to 0-0 Draw
Sixth-ranked UCSB posted its third consecutive shutout on Sunday afternoon as it battled to a 0-0 draw against visiting Villanova at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

September 9, 2011
Sixth-Ranked Gauchos Blank No. 9 West Virginia
Sophomore David Opoku scored his fourth goal in as many games on Friday night as he helped lead No. 6 UC Santa Barbara to a 2-0 win over visiting No. 9 West Virginia at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

September 8, 2011
German pair have Gauchos' back
By Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press

September 7, 2011
No. 6 Gauchos to Face Pair of Big East Teams
UCSB returns home this week to host a pair of Big East opponents: No. 9 West Virginia and Villanova, which will both also face Cal Poly this weekend. The Gauchos have won both of their previous pairings with the Mountaineers and will be facing the Wildcats for the first time. UCSB has posted a 6-2 all-time record against Big East opponents.

September 6, 2011
Schmetz Garners Multiple Weekly Honors
Sophomore defender Peter Schmetz has earned Big West Defensive Player of the Week and UCSBgauchos.com Gaucho of the Week honors after a pair of outstanding performances last weekend at the Duke/Nike Classic.

September 4, 2011
No. 8 UCSB Downs NC State, 1-0
Sophomore David Opoku’s goal in the 16th minute propelled eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara to a 1-0 win over North Carolina State on Sunday at the Duke/Nike Classic being hosted at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium.

September 2, 2011
UCSB Radio Slate Opens Sept. 16 With Soccer Game at UCLA; Schedule Includes More Than 100 Live Broadcasts

September 2, 2011
No. 8 Gauchos Defeat No. 22 Duke in Overtime
Sophomore Dominick Sarle’s golden goal in the 99th minute propelled No. 8 UC Santa Barbara to a 3-2 victory over No. 22 Duke on Friday evening in the Gauchos’ opening match of the Duke/Nike Classic, which is being held at the Blue Devil’s Koskinen Stadium.

August 31, 2011
No. 22 Duke, NC State Up Next for No. 8 Gauchos
UCSB will hit the road – or more accurately the air – this week for its first trip of the 2011 campaign. The Gauchos travel to the Tar Heel State to face Duke and NC State at the Duke/Nike Classic. UCSB is undefeated against this weekend’s competition, sporting a 3-0 record in its series against the Blue Devils and a 1-0 record against NC State.

August 29, 2011
Opoku Flooded With Honors
Sophomore David Opoku has garnered local and national accolades after his two-goal performance in last Saturday’s season-opening win over Seattle. The forward was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week, the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and was selected as the UCSBgauchos.com Gaucho of the Week.

August 29, 2011
Pontius Added to U.S. Roster
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added former UCSB standout and current D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius to the roster for the match against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

August 27, 2011
Opoku Leads Gauchos to Season-Opening Win
Forward David Opoku, the 2010 Big West Freshman of the Year, showed no signs of a sophomore slump on Saturday night as he scored twice to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 3-1 season-opening win over visiting Seattle University at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

August 24, 2011
Gauchos Host Seattle in Season Opener on Saturday
The UCSB men’s soccer team will officially open its 2011 campaign on Saturday when the Gauchos host Seattle University at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The pairing is the first-ever between the two programs.

August 20, 2011
Little brother now the center-back of attention
By Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press

August 20, 2011
Gauchos Explode for Six Goals, Defeat Westmont
Head coach Tim Vom Steeg touted the depth of his 2011 squad when he previewed the season earlier this week. When the Gauchos stepped on the field Saturday for their season-opening exhibition against cross town foe Westmont, they backed the talk up with a 6-1 blowout at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

August 19, 2011
UCSB Hosts Westmont in Exhibition
UCSB hosts Westmont in its lone preseason exhibition match of the 2011 season on Saturday. The annual match-up between the crosstown foes, which has been dubbed the Bryant and Sons Cup, has been dominated by UCSB as of late with the Gauchos winning the last 10 pairings.

August 18, 2011
2011 Season Preview: With Maturity Comes Depth
It’s that time of year again. The time of year where a former football stadium on the edge of UC Santa Barbara’s seaside campus begins to brim over with rowdy students and soccer-loving community members, transforming into Soccer Heaven.

August 17, 2011
Sam Garza Placed on 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
UC Santa Barbara’s Sam Garza has been placed on the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. The junior forward becomes the fifth Gaucho in program history to be named to the prestigious list.

August 17, 2011
Gauchos Favored to Win Big West Title
UC Santa Barbara – the defending Big West Tournament champion – has been favored to capture the 2011 regular season conference crown in a poll of the Big West men’s soccer coaches.

August 16, 2011
The beat goes on for Ibrahim
By Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press

August 12, 2011
Garza Named Preseason All-American
Junior forward Sam Garza has been named a Second Team Preseason All-American by College Soccer News it was announced on Friday. Garza is one of 33 players nationally that has been picked for this honor and one of nine forwards.

August 4, 2011
Growing Up Loco -- Gauchos Unveil GKids For 2011-12
GKids -- the coolest club in town -- adds new benefits and value for the 2011-12 seasons.

August 3, 2011
Sarle Advances to PDL Championship Semis
Incoming UCSB player Dominick Sarle has helped lead the Long Island Rough Riders to the 2011 Premier Development League Championships in Bremerton, Wash. this weekend. Long Island will play the Laredo Heat at Bremerton Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. this Friday.

August 3, 2011
2011 Gauchos Garner Top-10 Ranking from College Soccer News
The first of the men’s soccer preseason polls has been released by College Soccer News and it has UC Santa Barbara ranked as the No. 9 team nationally heading into the 2011 campaign.

August 3, 2011
Gauchos Unveil 2011 Soccer Community Outreach Programs
The Santa Barbara community will have plenty of opportunities to interact with the UCSB men’s and women’s soccer programs this fall as the teams have a bevy of community outreach programs in place.

August 1, 2011
UCSB to Appear on FOX Soccer Twice in 2011
Two of UC Santa Barbara’s men’s soccer home matches have been selected as NSCAA College Games of the Week and will be broadcast by FOX Soccer it was announced on Monday. The Gauchos’ Oct. 5 pairing against defending College Cup champion Akron and their Nov. 4 game against Blue-Green rival, Cal Poly, will both be televised live from Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

July 26, 2011
Gauchos to Hold Annual Meet the Team Event
To kick-off the 2011 men’s soccer season, UC Santa Barbara will host its annual Meet the Team Reception on Aug. 20 prior to its season-opening exhibition against Westmont.

June 21, 2011
Opoku Called Up to Ghana U-23 National Team Camp
UC Santa Barbara’s David Opoku has been called up to train with the Ghana U-23 National Team and will attempt to earn a spot on the squad that plays Nigeria this weekend in the All Africa Games qualifier.

June 14, 2011
Big West vs. Big East Showdowns On Tap in 2011
The Central Coast will serve as the battle ground for a showdown this fall between two of the nation’s top soccer conferences: the Big West vs. the Big East. UCSB will host West Virginia and Villanova at Meredith Field as the Big East programs make the trek to the left coast to face the Gauchos and Cal Poly the weekend of Sept. 9-11.

June 6, 2011
Gaucho Fans Can Now Really Bring The Noise!
Harder Stadium, site of the largest and most passionate crowds in college soccer, will be even louder during the upcoming 2011 soccer season. The Big West Conference is now permitting the use of noisemakers - excluding whistles and canned air horns - at regular season men's and women's soccer matches. The news should be music to the ears of Gaucho fans who continue to create the best environment in college soccer.

May 31, 2011
Greg Curry Returns To UCSB As Assistant Coach
Greg Curry, a former team captain and member of the 2006 NCAA National Championship team, has joined the Gaucho coaching staff as an assistant to Tim Vom Steeg.

May 24, 2011
Big West Adds Sac State As Associate Member In Men's Soccer
Sacramento State will compete in the Big West Conference as an associate member in men's soccer beginning in the fall of 2012, Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell announced today. The addition of Sacramento State will increase the number of men's soccer programs in the Big West to eight, allowing for the creation of a two division scheduling format with four teams in each division.