UCSB Set for 10th Consecutive NCAA Appearance

Tim Pontius (By Tony Mastres)
Tim Pontius (By Tony Mastres)

Nov. 20 Game Notes

• The Schedule 
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 - 5 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (14-6-1) vs. Providence (11-7-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Series Record: First Meeting
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• It's Tourney Time
No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara will open 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship play this Sunday with a Second Round game against Providence. The Gauchos will host the match at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  

• Tune In Or Watch Live
All of UCSB's postseason contests 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. Fans can listen online and also watch a live stream of the match here

• Get Your Tickets!
Tickets for Sunday's match are now on sale. Call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or click here to buy now.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, high school and college students.

Students that have purchased Loco Passes can pick up their tickets in the Ticket Office anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a Loco Pass member, click here or sign up at any of this week's home basketball games: men's basketball vs. Westmont (Friday) and women's basketball vs. Loyola Marymount (Saturday).  

• For The Record
The Gauchos enter Sunday's match with a 14-6-1 overall record. UCSB finished second in the Big West Conference standings (6-4) and in the league's tournament. The Gauchos fell to UC Irvine in the Big West final last Saturday, 3-2, in double overtime. 

• Super Streak
This marks the Gauchos' 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Only 16 programs – including UCSB – have ever put together a string of 10 or more tournament appearances. Currently, UCSB is one of six teams amidst an active streak of 10 or more appearances along with Connecticut (14), Indiana (25), Maryland (11), UCLA (28) and Virginia (30). 

• Home Sweet Harder
In each of the Gauchos' previous nine NCAA appearances, they have hosted their first game. UCSB is 10-1 in tournament games at Harder Stadium with its lone loss coming in a 2008 Second Round game against Cal, 3-2, in double overtime. The match also marks the only time that UCSB has lost its first tournament game. This season, the Gauchos have posted a 9-2-1 mark on Meredith Field. 

• Offensive Behavior
If the Gauchos have shown one thing this season, it's that they can flat out score. UCSB ranks fourth in the nation in total goals (47) and fifth in goals per game (2.24). In the UCSB record book, this year's squad ranks sixth in goals in a season and goals per match average.

• Seven Gauchos Earn All-Big West Distinction
On Monday, the Big West Conference doled out its year-end awards. Senior Luis Silva was named the Big West Midfielder of the Year and senior James Kiffe earned Big West Defender of the Year honors. Silva and Kiffe were joined on the All-Big West First Team by junior forward Sam Garza and senior defender Tim Pontius. Sophomore defender Peter Schmetz, junior midfielder Josue Madueno and sophomore forward Dom Sarle each earned Honorable Mention accolades. 

• Hi Ho Silva
Luis Silva will go down as one of the best players in UCSB history. The senior currently ranks fourth in the nation in total points (41), sixth in goals (16), eighth in points per game (2.05), 12th in goals per game (0.8) and assists (9), and 17th in assists per game (0.45). The Los Angeles, Calif. native is busy cementing his place in the UCSB record books. He ranks third in career matches (86) and points in a season, fourth in career points (76), fifth in goals in a season (16), sixth in career shots (192) and career assists (21), seventh in career goals (27), and tenth in shots in a season (73). Silva has had at least one point in 13 of the Gauchos' games this year and has had a goal or an assist in nine of the last 11 contests. He has scored in five of the last six contests. 

• Don't Mess With Texas
Highland Village, Texas native Sam Garza is second on the team with 20 points and tied second with David Opoku in goals (8). The junior forward has tallied a goal or an assist in eight of the last 10 contests. Garza leads the Gauchos with his 77 shots, which ties his total from the 2010 campaign. He ranks ninth in the UCSB record book with 154 career shots. 

• Getting Dom-inated
Sophomore transfer Dom Sarle has been an incredible addition to the Gaucho offense this season. He is second on the team in assists with eight and is fourth on the squad with 14 total points. Sarle scored his third goal of the season in the Big West Tournament Championship last week against UC Irvine. Sarle currently ranks 17th nationally in total assists. 

• Tale Of Two Halves 
UCSB has allowed 29 goals this season and 21 of those have been in the second half. The Gauchos have allowed just seven first half goals. As for its output, UCSB is almost evenly split with 20 goals in the first half and 23 scored in the second. 

• Pulse On The Polls
Three of the national polls – Top Drawer Soccer, NSCAA and Soccer Times – currently have the Gauchos ranked as lucky No. 13. Soccer America and College Soccer News, meanwhile, both have UCSB tabbed as the No. 14 team in the nation. 

• Gauchos Know Goals
UCSB has a streak of five-straight NCAA Tournament games in which they have scored just one goal. The 2011 Gauchos, however, really haven't been a one-goal team. UCSB has had 16 multiple goal games this season, which means that they have been limited to one or no goals on just five occasions. The last time the Gauchos were held to one goal was on Oct. 14 at Cal Poly. They have scored two or more in the last seven contests. 

• Tournament Resumes
Several Gauchos on the active roster have plenty of NCAA Tournament experience under their belts. Luis Silva has played in a team-leading six tournament contests while juniors Michael Nonni, Nic Ryan and Josue Madueno each have played in five. Only one current player has scored in an NCAA Tournament game and that is Waid Ibrahim, whose services are unavailable after he suffered a season-ending injury earlier this year. 

• Facing The Friars
Providence advances to Sunday's Second Round after defeating Dartmouth, 1-0, in Thursday's First Round match-up. The Friars play in the Big East conference and are making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and their fifth in the last seven seasons. This marks the second consecutive season that Providence has advanced to the tournament's Second Round. The Friars have a 3-5 all-time NCAA Tournament record. UCSB and Providence share one common opponent this season: West Virginia. The Friars defeated the Mountaineers, 2-1, on Oct. 21 while UCSB posted a 2-0 victory on Sept. 9. Sunday's match marks the first meeting between the Gauchos and Providence. 

• What's Next?
The winner of Sunday's match will advance to play the winner between No. 2 seeded Creighton and Northern Illinois in the Third Round on Sunday, Nov. 27. 

• Please Leave The Noisemakers At Home
The NCAA does not allow any noisemakers to be used during its Men's Soccer Championship, so fans are reminded to leave their noisemakers at home.