• The Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4:00 p.m. PDT
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis (5-6-2, 2-1-1)
Aggie Soccer Field - Davis, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Aggies: 22-8-5
Last meeting: Oct. 30, 2016 - UCD def. UCSB, 1-0
UCSB form: W W W T
UCD form: W T W L
Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly (5-7, 1-3)
Harder Stadium - Santa Barbara, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Mustangs: 46-18-9
Last meeting: Oct. 22, 2016 - UCSB 0, CP 0 (Final - 2OT)
UCSB form: W W W T
CP form: W L L L
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
• Week in Review
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-0 double overtime victory at Cal State Northridge before salvaging a 1-1 draw at UC Irvine last week. After 106 scoreless minutes against the Matadors, sophomore forward Noah Billingsley provided the golden goal with a left-footed shot from the corner of the box. Kavian Kashani began the play with a forward pass to Rodney Michael, who fended off two defenders before tapping the ball over to Billingsley to do the rest.
Against UC Irvine on Saturday, the Anteaters struck first with a penalty kick goal in the 28th minute from Mario Ortiz. The Gauchos looked to none other than Rodney Michael to convert the equalizer in the 83rd minute off an assist from Jonah Adomakoh. Both teams combined for 42 shots, including 22 from UCI, but UCSB keeper Alan Carrillo kept the Anteaters offense at bay, matching his career-high with eight saves.
• Rounding Out the Road Trip
UCSB will look to finish its three-game road trip on a high-note as it begins Big West North Division play against UC Davis on Wednesday. The Aggies are just three points behind UCSB in the standings after going 2-1-1 against the South Division, including a 2-0 loss to UC Riverside, allowing the Highlanders their first win of the season. In other conference games, UCD defeated UCI 2-0, tied with CSUN 1-1 and topped CSF 2-1. The Aggies are led by forward Matt Baringer and midfielder Miguel Acevedo, who both have three goals and two assists apiece.
• Cal Poly Preview
The annual Blue-Green Rivalry between UCSB and Cal Poly kicks off at Harder Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the Gauchos topped the Mustangs 2-1 on the road before playing to a scoreless draw at home. The Mustangs struggled against the South Division, going just 1-3 with its lone win coming against UC Riverside. Cal Poly suffered two 1-0 losses to CSF and CSUN and fell 3-1 to UCI. The Mustangs have four different players with two goals apiece to lead the team.
• Gauchos on TV
Saturday's match between UCSB and Cal Poly at Harder Stadium will air on FOX Sports Prime Ticket. Prime Ticket can be viewed locally on Cox Cable channels 36 and 1036 (standard definition and HD, respectively), DirecTV channel 693, and Dish Network channel 411. In addition to telecast coverage on Prime Ticket, all games on the regional sports network will also be available on FOX Sports GO.
• Attendance Figures
Historically, the annual Blue-Green Rivalry games - one at UCSB and one at Cal Poly - have been the two-best attended men's soccer games NCAA-wide for five straight seasons, and overall the matchups now comprise 13 of the top 17 best-attended regular season campus games in Division I history. Last season, the teams played in front of 11,424 fans at Harder Stadium, the highest attended NCAA match in 2016.
• Climbing the Ladder
Thanks to a six-game unbeaten streak, the Gauchos are receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll. They are also ranked No. 7 in the Far West Regional Rankings.
• Kings in the North
For the second straight week, the Gauchos sit alone atop the Big West North Division standings after going 3-0-1 against the South. Both UC Davis and Sacramento State are just three points behind with a 2-1-1 record while Cal Poly is 1-3. Since the Big West began divisional play in 2012, the North is 50-34-12 all-time against its South opponents. UCSB is a conference-best 18-2-4 against the South during that span.
• He's a Keeper
Freshman goalkeeper Alan Carrillo earned his second Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording his fifth shutout of the season and matching his career-high for saves in a match. The La Mirada, Calif. native and St. John Bosco High School product picked up three saves while holding CSUN scoreless in a 1-0 double overtime victory before recording eight saves, to match his career-high, against UCI in a 1-1 draw. The only goal allowed during the week came on a penalty kick. For the year, Carrillo now has 39 saves and leads the Big West with five shutouts and a goals against average of 0.89.
• Michael Making his Mark
One week after earning Big West Offensive Player of the Week accolades, freshman phenom Rodney Michael earned himself another nomination after tallying another goal and assist during the week. The Freetown, Sierra Leone native and Dunn School product assisted on the golden goal in double overtime to defeat CSUN before scoring the equalizer to earn a draw against UCI. Michael now leads the team with five goals and four assists, and is tied for the conference lead in both goals and assists with three.
• Home Sweet Home
The Gauchos have enjoyed the friendly confines of Harder Stadium this season, going unbeaten in six of their seven matches at home (4-1-2), compared to a 1-3-1 record on the road. In their last home stand, UCSB was perfect, winning all five games, including an exhibition match against Club América U-20. Historically, UCSB has been dominant at home, with a winning percentage of .729 (138-44-23) in the Tim Vom Steeg era (since 1999).
• RPI Ranking
In the latest NCAA men's soccer RPI rankings, released on Sunday, the Gauchos come in at No. 86. This is eight spots higher than last week's initial rankings and still second in the Big West, behind only Cal Poly, who slid eight spots to No. 62. UC Irvine is the third ranked conference team at No. 102, coming in one spot ahead of CSUN at No. 103.
• Scoring Streak
After failing to score a goal in the first three matches of the season, the Gauchos have come together offensively and have now scored at least one goal in nine straight. In conference play, UCSB leads the way with 10 goals and 11 assists for 31 points.
• Tale of Two Septembers
After starting the season 0-4-2 and losing its first four matches in September, the Gauchos finished the month on a four-match winning streak, and five-in-a-row if you include a 2-1 exhibition win over Club América U-20. It is the second consecutive season that UCSB has had both a four-game winning streak and a four-game losing streak. Prior to the last two seasons, that had not happened since 1994.
• Incoming Impact
The Gauchos incoming class was ranked as the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation by College Soccer News. California Gatorade Player of the Year from Dunn School, Rodney Michael, leads the group of signees and will factor in prominently on the attacking front. Michael was also named to Top Draw Soccer's Preseason Best XI Freshman Team. In the exhibition against Westmont, UCSB featured a defense full of newcomers that included goalkeeper Alan Carrillo, Adrian Adames, Frazer Poulter and Kavian Kashani. At forward, Ignacio Tellechea will be a factor as well after transferring from West Virginia Tech, where he scored 20 goals last season.
• Big West Preseason Poll
For the fifth consecutive season, UCSB was selected by the eight conference head coaches to repeat as Big West North Division Champions. The Gauchos have yet to let any of the voters down as they have claimed the title each of the past four seasons and will look to continue the trend in 2017. UCSB earned six-out-of-eight first place votes and garnered a total of 28 points while UC Davis was picked to finish second with 25 points and one first place vote. Cal Poly received the only other first place vote and ranked third with 17 points while Sacramento State rounded out the poll in fourth with 10 points. Cal State Northridge tallied 30 points and six first place votes to lead the South Division Poll.
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