September 25, 2013

UCSB Set to Clash With Stanford on NSCAA TV

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The Schedule
Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Stanford (4-1-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Overall record vs. the Cardinal: 5-12-2
Last meeting: L, 1-0 (10/26/12)
UCSB Streak: Lost 1
UCSB Streak vs. Stanford: Lost 1
Stanford Streak: Won 4
Free online audio broadcast available at UCSBgauchos.com
Free video broadcast available through NSCAA TV


Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount (4-1-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Overall record vs. the Lions: 18-12-2
Last meeting: W, 3-0 (8/26/12)
UCSB Streak: Lost 1
UCSB Streak vs. LMU: Won 1
LMU Streak: Tied 1
Free online audio broadcast available at UCSBgauchos.com
Free video streaming available through Bigwest.org/tv


The Week in Review
The Gauchos split a pair of home contests last week, defeating Yale 3-1 on Friday before falling to New Mexico 1-0 on Monday. In Friday's win, senior forward Achille Campion netted a goal in each half, sandwiching a Charlie Miller tally to give UCSB its second three-goal game of the year. Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Drew Murphy, Reed McKenna, and Ismaila Jome all picked up assists on the night. UCSB and New Mexico battled to a scoreless draw through the first 89 minutes of Monday's match, but the Lobos were able to steal a win by dispossessing the Gauchos in the final 30 seconds and scoring with 12 seconds left on the clock. New Mexico's game-winning goal was their first shot on goal in the match.  

UCSB to Appear On NSCAA TV
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America will carry the broadcast for this Friday's matchup against Stanford.  A live webcast of the game can be found on the listen live and men's soccer schedule pages. Dean Linke will perform play-by-play for the match, with Keith Tabatznik on color.

AM 1290 Broadcast Schedule Set to Begin
Excluding Sunday's matchup against Loyola Marymont, KZSB AM 1290 will carry every regular season men's soccer game for the rest of the year. As always, Gerry Fall – the Voice of the Gauchos – will be on play-by-play, with Santa Barbara News-Press senior writer Mark Patton providing color commentary for select home games. UCSBgauchos.com will have a simulcast of each AM 1290 broadcast.

Vom Steeg Nets 200th Career Win
Friday's win over Yale marked the 200th win at the Division I level for head coach Tim Vom Steeg. Already the winningest head coach in UCSB and Big West Conference history, Vom Steeg now has more than twice as many wins as the second winningest coach in the UCSB annals (Andy Kuenzli, Vom Steeg's coach as a player at UCSB, had 95 wins betweens 1981-89). His overall record with the Gauchos sits at 200-81-30. Including his time at Santa Barbara City College, Vom Steeg now has an overall record of 321-99-34.

Home Sweet Home
UCSB is in the midst of its longest stretch of home games since 2001, when they went 3-2-3 over an eight-game home swing. The Gauchos' all-time longest homestand was a 12 game span to open the 1975 season. UCSB is 36-11-3 at home since the start of the 2009 season.

Friday Night Lights
The Gauchos currently sport a 9-4-4 all-time record in television games. In their only other TV appearance so far this season, UCSB was defeated 1-0 by UCLA.

Youth Movement
In each of the last four matches, UCSB has included five freshmen in the Starting XI: goalkeeper Josh McNeely, midfielder Paul Ehmann, midfielder/left back Drew Murphy, winger Ismaila Jome and midfielder/defender Nick DePuy. Jome leads the squad with three assists, while Murphy (two assists) is the only other Gaucho with multiple helpers.  

Rankings Roundup
UCSB appeared on two national polls this week. They were ranked at No. 26 in the College Soccer News poll, while they received votes in the NSCAA rankings.

Campion Rounds Into Form
Somewhat amazing given his goal scoring record, Campion's brace against Yale was his first multi-goal game as a Gaucho and just his third multi-point game. The two-goal night also ended a four-game scoring drought, by far the longest of his UCSB career. As a junior, he never went more than one game without a goal. The French striker has accrued nine goals in 13 games as a Gaucho, and was nominated as Big West Offensive Player of the Week and named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his performance against the Bulldogs.

Miller Time
Charlie Miller's first half goal against Yale gave him tallies in consecutive games for the first time in his UCSB career. The sophomore forward had three goals as a freshman last season. Both of his 2013 goals have been game winners, and he is tied with Goffin Boyoko for the team lead in that category.

Loco Rewards
Loco Rewards – the rewards program for UCSB students – will be raffling off a new bicycle at halftime of the Stanford game. For more information on the Locos Rewards program or to sign up today, click here.

Filling the House
After drawing just under 50,000 fans into Harder Stadium last season, the Gauchos have now led the nation in attendance for six consecutive years, dating back to 2007. Last year's Cal Poly matchup saw 13,467 fans go through the Harder Stadium turnstiles, the most of any NCAA match in 2012. Overall, UCSB has four of the five highest on-campus regular season draws in NCAA history, including a record 15,896 against UCLA on Sep. 24, 2010.

2012 in Review
2012 was a tale of two seasons for the Gauchos. UCSB got off to a torrid start in going undefeated through their first 11 games. However, after a double-OT win against UC Irvine on Oct. 5, the Gauchos went just 2-6 over their final eight games of the season, finishing with a North Division-worst 4-5-1 conference record. The finish snapped a 10 year streak of NCAA tourney appearances.

Preseason Publicity for the Gauchos
In its yearly rankings of the top 100 players in collegiate soccer, Top Drawer Soccer recognized a pair of Gauchos in Fifi Baiden and Achille Campion. Baiden–who checked in at No. 38– was noted as one of the top defensive midfielders in the country, while the inclusion of Campion at No. 100 is especially impressive considering the forward has notched just six goals at the Division-I level. Earlier in the offseason, Baiden was also named to Top Drawer's "Top 10 Midfielders" list, and was the only defensive midfielder selected. The Gauchos are again being picked to make noise in the Big West and in the NCAA by national publications in 2013. College Soccer News tabbed the Gauchos at No. 13 in their preseason rankings, while College Sports Madness has them at No. 31. The Big West coaches poll picked the Gauchos to win the North Division.