UCSB and Cal Poly Face Off on FOX Soccer

Tim Pontius (By Adam Caira)
Tim Pontius (By Adam Caira)

Nov. 4 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7 p.m.
No. 16 UC Santa Barbara (12-5-1, 5-4) vs. Cal Poly (6-8-3, 3-5-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series Record vs. Mustangs: 42-15-5
Last Meeting: L, 2-1 (Oct. 14, 2011)
LIVE on FOX Soccer Channel 
Live Stats • Radio Broadcast   

• Smile For The Cameras
No. 16 UC Santa Barbara wraps up its regular season schedule this Friday with a match against Central Coast rival Cal Poly. FOX Soccer Channel will be on hand to televise the match nationally. UCSB is aiming to fill Meredith Field at Harder Stadium with a sellout crowd of 16,300.  

• Tune In
If you live in Santa Barbara, FOX Soccer Channel can be found on Cox Cable's channel 265, channel 149 on Dish Network and channel 613 on Direct TV. The match will also be broadcast on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station. Gerry Fall will be calling the play-by-play while Mark Patton will cover the color commentary. AM 1290 will also air all postseason contests. Fans can listen online here

• Get Your Tickets
To purchase tickets to the match, visit the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB or buy online here. Students are always free with valid ID.

• Senior Salute
Be sure to get to Friday's game early as UCSB will honor its five seniors prior to kickoff. James Kiffe, Gaby Okito, Luis Silva, Waid Ibrahim and Tim Pontius will each be participating in their final regular season home contest of their collegiate careers. 

• Welcome Back 2006 Champions
The special honors will continue at halftime as UCSB welcomes back its 2006 NCAA Men's College Cup Champions. Many of the members of the 2006 team will be in attendance and will be honored during the annual Golden Scarf ceremony. 

• For The Record
With a thrilling double overtime victory against Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, UCSB improved to 12-5-1 on the season and to 5-4 in the Big West. With just Friday's game left on their regular season slate, the Gauchos still have the opportunity to post a winning Big West record and finish in the top-two in league for the 11th consecutive season.  

• Wild, Wild Big West
After wins by UCSB and UC Irvine on Tuesday evening, the 2011 Big West Tournament field has been set. The tournament will consist of UC Irvine (19 points), UC Davis (16 points), UCSB (15 points) and UC Riverside (14 points). The seeding will be determined by the outcome of this weekend's games. The Gauchos could secure the No. 2 seed and semifinal hosting duties on Nov. 9 with a win against Cal Poly and a UC Davis loss or tie against UC Riverside. 

• Offensive Behavior
The Gaucho offense ranks as one of the best in the nation and in the Big West. UCSB leads the league in points (117), goals (41), goals per game (2.28), assists (35) and assists per game (1.94). In conference play, the Gauchos lead all teams with 63 points, 22 goals, 2.44 goals per game, 19 assists and 2.11 assists per game. Among all Division I programs, the Gauchos are sixth in total goals and seventh in scoring offense with their 2.44 goals per game average.

• Silva Is Golden
Senior Luis Silva wrapped up several national and local honors after a huge offensive outpouring across last week's two games. The midfielder has been named Top Drawer Soccer's Player of the Week, the SoccerSavings.com/Soccer News Net Men's College Player of the Week, the Big West Offensive Player of the Week and was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week. Silva scored three goals and had three assists last week. He tallied an assist and then a goal in the 3-1 win over UC Davis before scoring twice and dishing out two helpers during the 4-3 victory against Cal State Fullerton. He is once again building his case for weekly honors after tallying a goal against Cal State Northridge and firing the shot, which led to the game-winning own goal with 19 seconds remaining in overtime. 

• A Little More On Luis
Silva is first in the Big West in points (36), points per game (2.12), goals (14), goals per game (.82), assists (8) and assists per game (0.47). The senior is seventh among all Division I players in total points, ninth in goals and points per game, 10th in goals per game, 11th in total assists and 14th in assists per game. Silva is busy making his mark in the UCSB record books this season as he currently ranks sixth in career shots (180), career points (71), goals in a season (14) and matches played (83), is seventh in career assists (21) and points in a season (34), and eighth in career goals (25). 

• Let's Hear It For Josue
Junior Josue Madueno scored his second goal in as many games in the 17th minute against Cal State Northridge. The midfielder has scored a career-best three goals this season and has one assist for seven points. 

• Garza Shoots 'Em Up
Junior Sam Garza leads the Big West in shots with 68 this season and is second in shots per game with an average of 3.78. Against Northridge on Tuesday, he tallied a season-high eight with four on-frame. In league play, he has tallied 39 shots with a 4.33 per game average, both tops in league. His 10 points in Big West play ranks fourth and his four goals tie him for third. Garza is third on the team with 15 points this season (6 goals, 3 assists). 

• Dom-ination
Sophomore transfer Dom Sarle has been an incredible addition to the Gaucho offense this season. He is second on the team in assists with seven and fourth on the team with 11 total points. He ranks 22nd in the nation in assists and 40th in assists per game. 

• André The Giant
Junior goalkeeper André Grandt is anchoring a Gaucho defense that has seen more than its fair share of season-ending injuries. He has played every minute in the goal and has recorded six shutouts, a 1.34 goals against average and a .675 saves percentage. 

• RPI Report
The NCAA released its third Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the season and the Gauchos are ranked No. 14, up four spots from last week. The RPI helps guide the selection and seeding of the 48-team NCAA Tournament. Six of the seven Big West schools are ranked in the top-60.

• Pulse On The Polls
UCSB has broken back into the top-20 of every national poll this week. The Gauchos have been tabbed No. 16 by Soccer Times, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America. College Soccer News and the NSCAA, meanwhile, have UCSB at No. 17. 

• Working Overtime
Should Friday's game go into extra time, as six of the last nine matches between Cal Poly and UCSB have, the Gauchos may be at an advantage. UCSB is undefeated in overtime this year, compiling a 4-0-1 record this season in games extending past 90 minutes. The Mustangs, meanwhile, are 0-0-3 in overtime games. 

• Home Sweet Harder
UCSB has posted a 7-2-1 record at Harder Stadium this season and has gone undefeated in 28 of its last 33 home matches. The Gauchos have not lost a game to Cal Poly at home since Nov. 13, 1998. Since that game, UCSB has posted an 11-0-2 record against the Mustangs on its home pitch. 

• Lights, Camera, Action
The Gauchos have become a yearly fixture on FOX Soccer and this marks their second game this season to be broadcast by the channel. UCSB has gone 8-2-3 all-time in TV games, including its thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Akron on Oct. 5. In FSC games, UCSB owns a 6-2 record.

• Tale Of Two Halves 
UCSB has allowed 25 goals this season and 19 of those have been in the second half. The Gauchos have allowed just six first half goals. As for their output, the Gauchos are almost evenly split with 19 goals in the first half and 18 scored in the second. 

• Feeling Crowded
UCSB and Cal Poly have hosted several of the most highly attended men's college soccer matches in NCAA history. Of the top-20 highest attended games, six have been played between the Mustangs and Gauchos. If Friday's game sells out (a crowd of 16,300 as determined by the Fire Marshal), Woodstocks Pizza will give every student in attendance a cuopon for a free slice of pizza.