UCSB Hosts Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday
• The Schedule
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (8-3-1, 1-2) vs. Cal State Fullerton (6-3-2, 0-2)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series Record vs. Titans: 26-23-2
Last Meeting: W, 3-1 (Nov. 13, 2010)
Live Stats • Live Audio
• This Week In Gaucho Soccer
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.
• Get Your Tickets!
To purchase your tickets to Tuesday's game, visit the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB or click here.
• Tune In
Tune into AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station, for live broadcasts of both of this week's games. Gerry Fall will be calling the play-by-play while Mark Patton will cover the color commentary. AM 1290 will air all of the Gauchos' remaining games, including any postseason action. To listen online, click here.
• For The Record
After dropping two straight matches, UCSB rebounded last week with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday against defending national champion Akron in front of the FOX Soccer Channel cameras. The Gauchos carried their momentum to UC Davis on Saturday and defeated the Aggies, 2-1, in overtime to secure their first Big West victory. UCSB now carries an 8-3-1 overall record and is 1-2 in league play.
• Silva Earns Multiple Honors
For the second time in three weeks, senior midfielder Luis Silva was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week in addition to earning Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Team of the Week accolades. The Los Angeles, Calif. native scored the game-winner just 33 seconds into overtime during the Gauchos' upset of Akron. It was his second goal in the match after scoring in the 64th minute to tie the game at 1-1. In Saturday's win over the Aggies, Silva assisted James Kiffe's goal in the 11th minute, which put the Gauchos ahead early, 1-0.
• A Little More On Luis
Silva now leads the Gauchos with his seven goals and 16 points. He is also the conference leader in points, points per game (1.45), goals, and goals per game (0.64). Meanwhile, he ranks second in shots (41) and shots per game (3.73).
• Kickin' It With Kiffe
Silva was not the only Gaucho that had an outstanding week, senior James Kiffe played a key role in both of UCSB's wins. The left fullback assisted two goals in the win over Akron, including Silva's game-winner. Then, in the victory over UC Davis, he scored his second goal of the season in the 11th minute. Of Kiffe's six points this year – which ranks him fifth on the team – four were accumulated over the past week.
Sophomore Dom Sarle scored his second goal of the season to put UCSB ahead, 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.
• Sam Goes Shooting
Junior Sam Garza scored the overtime game-winner on Saturday against UC Davis. It marked his third goal of the year and his first game-winning strike during his career at UCSB. Garza currently leads all Big West players with 42 shots on the season. He is also tops in league games with 13 shots and a 4.33 shots per game average against Big West opposition.
• Working Overtime
UCSB needed a few extra minutes to seal both of its wins last week, scoring the game-winner in the 91st minute against Akron and in the 97th against UC Davis. The Gauchos have posted a 3-0-1 record in overtime games this season. In each of their three wins, they have needed just one shot in overtime to seal the victory.
• The Series With Cal State Fullerton
UCSB has posted a 26-23-2 all-time record against Cal State Fullerton. The teams faced each other three times in 2010, with the Gauchos going 2-1 against the Titans during the season's series. They last met in the Big West Tournament title game when UCSB posted a 3-1 victory.
• Pulse On The Polls
After knocking off then-ranked No. 3 Akron last week, UCSB has moved up in all of the national polls. The Gauchos have moved up three spots to No. 12 in the Soccer America poll, which is their top ranking this week. UCSB moved from No. 15 to No. 13 in the College Soccer News and it is also the 13th-ranked team by the NSCAA, which moved the Gauchos up five spots since last week. Top Drawer Soccer moved UCSB up two spots to No. 15 and Soccer Times raised the Gauchos to No. 14 from No. 17. UCSB was bumped up to No. 4 in the NSCAA Far West rankings while Fullerton ranks seventh.
• Home Sweet Harder
Once again, UCSB is leading the nation in attendance with its current average of 5,033 fans per game. The Gauchos have hosted the top crowd so far this season with 13,772 fans attending the San Diego game and the crowd of 5,417 during the UC Irvine match-up ranks ninth nationally.
• The Vom Steeg File
In his 13th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg is the winningest coach in Big West history. Vom Steeg has posted a 179-69-26 record at the helm of UCSB and a 158-51-25 record since the program rejoined the Big West in 2001. Vom Steeg is also the winningest coach in UCSB men's soccer history and has turned the Gauchos into an annual national title contender. The 2004 and 2006 NSCAA National Coach of the Year, Vom Steeg guided the Gauchos to the NCAA title in 2006 and the championship game in 2004. He has guided UCSB to five Big West titles in the past nine years and nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He won Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2005 and 2010 and has produced 16 All-Americans