UCSB Hits the Road to Face UC Davis

Mathew Glodack

Weekly Release No. 8

• The Schedule 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 3 p.m.
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (8-1-3, 2-1-1) at UC Davis (5-4-4, 3-1-0)
at Aggie Soccer Field
All-time record vs. Aggies: 16-4-4
Last meeting: W, 2-1 (Nov. 9, 2011)
Audio Broadcast • Live Stats 

• Davis Or Bust!
The eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will head North this weekend to face UC Davis in its lone match of the week. The Gauchos will face the Aggies at Aggie Soccer Field on Saturday at 3 p.m. 

• Watch or Listen Live
This Saturday's match will be broadcast live on KZSB AM 1290, the Santa Barbara News-Press radio station. The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall, will be on hand to call all of the action. The broadcast will also be streamed live here

• You Win Some, You Lose Some
Entering last week, UCSB remained undefeated, going 7-0-3 in its first 10 games of the season. The Gauchos were able to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games on Friday night with a dramatic 2-1 double overtime win over UC Irvine Unfortunately, on Sunday, they saw their streak come to a close as Cal State Northridge handed UCSB its first loss of the season. The Gauchos, who now stand at 8-1-3, have a lot to be proud of as they got off to their best start to a season since 2004, when the team was undefeated through its first 12 matches.  

• How The Big West Was Won
The North Division of the Big West – which includes UCSB, Sacramento State, Cal Poly and UC Davis – posted an impressive 11-4-1 record against the South Division during the league's interdivisional play over the past two weeks. Sacramento State – which was picked to finish last in the preseason coaches' poll – has posted a 4-0 record to maintain the top spot in the North Division standings; UC Davis is in second with a 3-1 record and nine points; and UCSB is third with a 2-1-1 mark and seven points. Cal Poly is not far behind the Gauchos with six points (2-2-0). Intradivisional action begins this week and each team is slated to play six more Big West matches. 

• Pulse on the Polls
Sunday's loss caused the Gauchos to drop in most of the national polls, but they remain a top-10 program in four of five. UCSB is garnering its highest current ranking from the NSCAA and College Soccer News, which each has tabbed the Gauchos as No. 8. They remained ninth for consecutive weeks in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll. UCSB is 10th in the Soccer Times poll and 11th in the Soccer America rankings. Regionally, the Gauchos have dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the NSCAA's Far West rankings, falling from the top spot for the first time this season. UCLA is now ranked No. 1 in the region.  

• The Ryan Rewind
Senior Nic Ryan scored both of the Gauchos' goals in Friday's 2-1 victory over UC Irvine, including the game-clincher with just 24 seconds to go in the second overtime period. The game marked the first time since Oct. 29, 2011 that a UCSB player has scored multiple goals in a contest; Luis Silva did so that day in a victory over Cal State Fullerton. Ryan's two goals brought his team-leading total to six, ranking him third in the Big West. He leads the Gauchos and is second in the league with four gamewinners. He also has a team-leading 13 points. Ryan was named the LA Soccer News Player of the Week for the second time this season after his pair of goals.  

• Getting Defensive
Goalkeeper Austin Mansker's 0.73 goals against average currently leads the Big West and ranks 22nd nationally. His current average has him on-pace to make UCSB's single season GAA top-10 at No. 3 all-time. The best goals against averages in a season were compiled by Dan Kennedy (0.55 in 2004) and Bob Tuler (0.72 in 1978), respectively. 

• Gauchos Know Goals
Sunday marked just the second time this season that the Gauchos have been denied a goal. UCSB has tallied 25 goals so far this season, which ranks 12th nationally. Its average of 2.08 goals per game ranks 21st among all Division I schools and first in the Big West. The Gauchos have scored multiple goals in 16 of their last 21 games, dating back to the 2011 campaign. UCSB's 70 total points ranks 19th in the nation.  

• Taking On The Aggies
UCSB has won its last six straight matches against UC Davis. Since 2005, UCSB has only lost twice to the Aggies and tied them twice. The Gauchos have not lost a match in Davis since 2006. The odds of Saturday's match extending into overtime could be strong as the two teams own seven collective ties this season. Of the last 15 contests between the teams, five matches have gone into overtime and seven have been decided by one goal. 

• Nationwide Leaders
After hosting the highest-attended match nationally of the season on Sept. 21 against UCLA (7,542 fans), UCSB topped itself on Friday evening as 7,822 people piled into Harder Stadium for the pairing with the Anteaters. The Gauchos – who have led the nation in attendance the past five seasons – are averaging 5,423 fans per game. 

• Coming Soon
Following Saturday's match, the Gauchos will return home for a four-game home stand, which includes pairings with Sacramento State (Oct. 16), Cal Poly (Oct. 19), Stanford (Oct. 26) and UC Davis (Oct. 28). To purchase tickets, stop by the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here.