Gauchos Resume Big West Action at UC Davis
• The Schedule
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 3 p.m.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (7-3-1, 0-2) at UC Davis (4-5-2, 2-1)
at Aggie Soccer Field
Series Record vs. Aggies: 14-4-4
Last Meeting: W, 2-0 (Oct. 20, 2010)
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. The Gauchos, who have gone 0-2 to open league play, will be looking for their first Big West victory against the 2-1 Aggies.
• Tune In
Tune into AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station, for a live broadcast of Saturday's game. Gerry Fall will be calling the play-by-play from Aggie Soccer Field. Click here to listen online. AM 1290 will also air all of the Gauchos' remaining games, including any postseason action.
• For The Record
UCSB opened the Big West season with a bit of a thud last week as the Gauchos suffered consecutive losses to UC Riverside, 3-1, and then-ranked No. 7 UC Irvine, 2-0. UCSB took a break from league action with its Wednesday contest against defending College Cup champion Akron. The win over the Zips improved the Gaucho overall record to 7-3-1. UCSB's 0-2 opening to Big West play marks the first time since the 2000 season that they have opened their conference schedule with consecutive losses. That season, UCSB opened 0-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The last time UCSB opened Big West play 0-2 was in 1988, when it also went 0-3 at the start of its league schedule.
• On The Road
The Gauchos have played three games this year on opposing fields and have gone 1-2-0 with their lone road win coming at Duke in overtime on Sept. 2. Davis could be the right place for UCSB to even out its road record as the Gauchos hold a four-game unbeaten streak at UCD, going 3-0-1 since 2007. In that span of four games, UCSB has outscored the Aggies, 9-0.
• UC vs. UC
A win at UCD would not just break the Gauchos' Big West losing streak but also their skid against University of California programs. UCSB's last four losses, dating back to last season's NCAA Tournament's Second Round, have all been to other UC schools: Cal (Nov. 21, 2010), UCLA (Sept. 16), UC Riverside (Sept. 28) and UCI (Oct. 1).
• Luis Leads The Way
Senior Luis Silva's second game-winning goal of the season came in dramatic fashion on Wednesday. Just 33 seconds into overtime, the midfielder scored to propel UCSB to its 3-2 win over the visiting Zips. It was the second goal of the game for Silva, who had the match's first equalizer at in the 64th minute. The senior leads the Gauchos in goals (7) and points (15). Silva also leads the Big West offensively, ranking first in shots (39), shots per game (3.90), points, points per game (1.50), goals and goals per game (0.70).
Sophomore Dom Sarle scored his second goal of the season to put UCSB 2-1 in the 66th minute against Akron. The forward also assisted Silva's goal three minutes earlier. He leads the team with four assists, which ranks fourth in the Big West.
• Happy To Assist You
Speaking of assists, senior James Kiffe had a pair in Wednesday's win, including a helper on the game-winner. They marked his first and second assists this season.
• André The Giant
Goalkeeper André Grandt has started every game in the goal for the Gauchos, posting a 7-3-1 record. He has posted five shutouts, which leads the Big West, and has posted a 3.00 saves per game average to go along with a .717 save percentage.
• The Series With UC Davis
UCSB has posted a 14-4-4 all-time record against UC Davis and has won its last four pairings with the Aggies. The last loss to UCD was on Oct. 11, 2008.
• Pulse On The Polls
A week after being ranked seventh in four of the national polls, UCSB has dropped out of the top-10 in all of the major polls. The Gauchos are ranked No. 15 by College Soccer News and Soccer America, No. 17 by Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Times, and No. 19 by the NSCAA. UCSB has also fallen from No. 2 to No. 6 in the NSCAA Far West rankings.
• On The Horizon
Following this weekend's road trip, UCSB will return home to Harder Stadium to host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gauchos will then travel to Cal Poly on Friday for a 7 p.m. match-up with the Mustangs.
• Buy Your Tickets!
To purchase your tickets to Tuesday's home match, visit the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB or click here. The Ticket Office is now open on Saturdays from 10 am until 1 pm.