SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – 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.
UCSB returns six starters from its 2010 squad that posted a 14-5-3 record, won the Big West Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Among the returning players are the Gauchos' top-three scoring leaders from last season: Sam Garza, David Opoku and Luis Silva.
The UCSB men's soccer season kicks off on Aug. 20 when the Gauchos host cross-town foe Westmont in an exhibition match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The game is one of 12 exciting home pairings scheduled for UCSB this fall.
To ensure you don't miss a minute of the 2011 soccer season, purchase your season tickets now by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or by clicking here.