UCSB Makes Final Regular Season Road Swing

Peter Schmetz (By Adam Caira)

Oct. 29 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 19 UC Santa Barbara (10-5-1, 3-4) at Cal State Fullerton (7-5-4, 1-4-2)
at Titan Stadium
Series Record vs. Titans: 27-23-2
Last Meeting: W, 6-0 (Oct. 9, 2011)
Radio Broadcast 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 19 UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge (7-7-2, 3-3-1)
at Matador Soccer Field
Series Record vs. Matadors: 18-14-5
Last Meeting: W, 4-0 (Oct. 23, 2010)
Live Stats • Radio Broadcast 

• UCSB Looks to Keep Big West Tournament Hopes Alive
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. 

• Tune In
Tune into AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station, for live broadcasts of both Saturday and Tuesday'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 contests. Fans can also listen online here

• For The Record
With its 3-1 win on Wednesday over league-leader UC Davis, UCSB improved to 10-5-1 on the season and 3-4 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. With three league games left on the slate, the Gauchos still have the opportunity to post a winning Big West record for the eleventh consecutive season. 

• Wild, Wild Big West
UCSB is currently tied with Cal Poly for fifth place in the Big West standings with nine points. The chances are slim that the Gauchos will win the 2011 Big West regular season title as predicted in the preseason coaches' poll. UC Irvine (16 points), UC Davis (15 points), UC Riverside (11 points) and Cal State Northridge (10 points) currently occupy the top-four positions in the league standings, respectively. The top-three teams each only have two games remaining while the rest of the league's teams has three left on the slate. 

• Pontius Gets Press
Senior defender Tim Pontius had an outstanding offensive game on Wednesday, scoring two goals in the Gauchos' win over UC Davis, including the game-winner in the 61st minute. That second goal, a midfield shot from 61-yards out, was so brilliant that it was featured on The Huffington Post. The match marked Pontius' first multi-goal effort at UCSB. 

• Hi Ho Silva
Senior Luis Silva tallied the Gauchos' third goal on Wednesday, after assisting Pontius' first goal. That helper tied him for 10th on the Big West and UCSB career assists lists (19). The midfielder paces UCSB and the Big West this year with his 28 points, 1.87 points per game and 11 goals. He has six assists this season, which ties Dom Sarle for the team lead. Silva has had at least one point in seven of the last 10 games. As of Monday, nationally Silva ranked 16th in total goals, 18th in points per game and total points, and 19th in goals per game. In addition to ranking in the all-time top-10 for career assists, Silva has already made several other marks in the Gaucho record book. He already ranks seventh in career shots (172), is tied for seventh in career matches played (81), is eighth in points (63) and is one goal from making the career goals list (22).

• Garza Knows Goals
Junior Sam Garza has cranked up his offensive production since opening Big West play. The forward has scored in four of the last five games and leads the Big West in shots (27), shots per game (3.86) and game-winning goals (2) during league games. For the season, he has tallied 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists), which is good for third on the team behind Silva and David Opoku (16 points, 7 goals, 2 assists), respectively.

• 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 leads the league with its 2.12 goals per game average and is second – behind UC Irvine – in points (98), goals (36), corner kicks (98) and goals (34). In league play, they lead all teams with 44 points, 15 goals, 2.14 goals per game, 14 assists 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). 

• Pulse On The Polls
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 return home for its regular season finale on Nov. 4 against Cal Poly. The match will be televised on FOX Soccer Channel and is scheduled for a 7 pm kickoff.  

• Get Your Tickets!
To purchase your tickets to next Friday's match, visit the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here to buy online.