No. 19 Gauchos to Host League-Leader UC Davis

James Kiffe (By Matt Brown)
James Kiffe (By Matt Brown)

Oct. 26 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 19 UC Santa Barbara (9-5-1, 2-4) vs. UC Davis (7-6-2, 5-2)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series Record vs. Aggies: 15-4-4
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 (OT)
Live Stats • Live Radio Broadcast 

• Gauchos Look to Bounce Back
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. The Gauchos carry a six-game unbeaten streak against the Aggies into this week's match-up. Their last loss to UCD was a 2-0 defeat on Oct. 11, 2008.  

• Get Your Tickets
To purchase your tickets to Wednesday'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 a live broadcast of Wednesday's game. 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 contests. Fans can also listen online here

• For The Record
Following Saturday's loss to UC Riverside, UCSB has fallen to 9-5-1 on the season and 2-4 in Big West play. This marks the first time since the 2000 season that the Gauchos have lost four conference games. That year the team went 2-4-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. 

• Wild, Wild Big West
UCSB currently occupies sixth place in the Big West standings with six points and a game in hand. While chances are slim that the Gauchos will capture the 2011 Big West regular season title, they could still qualify for the conference tournament (Nov. 9 & 12), which is played out between the league's top-four finishers. UC Irvine and UC Davis, which are both 5-2, are tied for first with 15 points. 

• Garza Knows Goals
Junior Sam Garza has cranked up his offensive production since opening Big West play. The forward has scored in each of the Gauchos' last four games and leads the Big West in shots (24), shots per game (4), goals (4), goals per game (0.67) and game-winning goals (2) during league games. For the season, he leads the conference in shots (53), is third in shots per game (3.53), tied fourth in goals (6) and fifth in goals per game (2). 

• Hi Ho Silva
Senior Luis Silva is having a standout season as he paces the Gauchos offensively with 25 points (10 goals, 5 assists). Against UCR, Silva posted a goal and an assist. In fact, he has had at least one point in six of the last nine games. The midfielder, leads the Big West in points, points per game (1.79), goals, goals per game (0.71) and shots per game (3.71). He ranks second in total shots (52) and is sixth in assists and assists per game (0.36). In league contests, he leads all players in points (11), points per game (1.83), assists (5) and assists per game (0.83). Nationally, Silva ranks 16th in total goals, 18th in points per game and total points, and 19th in goals per game. He is one assist away from cracking the Big West and UCSB career top-10 lists - he currently has 18 - and just joined the Gauchos' career points list on Saturday tying for eighth all-time (60). Silva is well on his way to making several other marks in the Gaucho record book as he already ranks seventh in career shots (171), is tied for ninth in career matches (80) and is two goals from making the career goals list (21).

• RPI Report
The NCAA released its second Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the season and the Gauchos are ranked No. 18, down four spots from last week. The RPI helps guide the selection and seeding of the NCAA Tournament. Six of the seven Big West schools are ranked in the top-50.

• Offensive Behavior
The Gaucho offense ranks as one of the best in the nation and in the Big West. UCSB is second in the conference – behind UC Irvine – in shots (240), points (90), goals (31), goals per game (2.07) and corner kicks (92). In league play, they lead all teams with an average of 2.00 goals per game and 2.00 assists per game. Among all Division I programs, the Gauchos are 12th in total goals and 13th in scoring offense (goals per game). 

• Home Sweet Harder
The Gauchos have posted a 6-2-1 record at Harder Stadium this season. UCSB has lost just two games in its last 19 contests at home: a 2-0 defeat to UC Irvine (Oct. 1) and a 3-2 loss to UC Riverside (Oct. 22). 

• Dom-ination
Sophomore Dom Sarle ranks 32nd among all Division I players with his six assists this year and is 52nd in assists per game (0.4). He's tied for fourth in the Big West in both categories. 

• Pulse On The Polls
After suffering consecutive losses, the Gauchos have dropped out of the top-20 in most national polls. College Soccer News has UCSB in its highest poll position at No. 19. Soccer Times and Top Drawer Soccer both have the Gauchos ranked 21st, the NSCAA has them at 23rd, and Soccer America has tabbed them 24th. 

• On The Horizon
UCSB will hit the road following Wednesday's match for its final road swing of the regular season. The Gauchos will head to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday before facing Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, Nov. 1.  

• 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 180-71-26 record at the helm of UCSB and a 159-53-25 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.