13 - Chris Pontius
Chris Pontius
Born: 05/12/1987
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
High School: Servite HS
Position: Forward
2008 CO-CAPTAIN
2008 M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY CANDIDATE
2008 COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
2007 BIG WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2007 FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG WEST

UC SANTA BARBARA
2007: Developed into a dynamic scorer as a junior in the blue and gold after moving up to the forward spot...Led the conference with 11 goals on the season and was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Year for his performance...Finished second on the squad with 24 points, adding a pair of assists to his goal total...His 11 goals scored was the most by a Gaucho since Ivan Becerra scored 12 in 2005...Found the net in four straight matches from Sept. 23-Oct. 6, a stretch that included an impressive hat trick in UCSB's 4-0 win over UC Irvine (10/3)...Propelled Santa Barbara to a 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge (11/13) with a pair of goals...Led the Big West with five game-winners. 2006: One of UCSB's most versatile players, he appeared in 23 of the team's 25 matches as a sophomore, starting a career-best 22...While primarily playing on the left side of the midfield, he also spent some time in the back and up front for the Gauchos...Scored one goal and recorded two assists...Put in the game-winner against Cal Poly (9/5)...Found Tino Nuñez for what became the game-winner in the ninth minute of the Gauchos' 5-0 dismantling of Akron (8/25)...Connected with Nick Perera for Santa Barbara's second goal in the 4-0 win over UC Riverside to clinch the Big West title (11/4). 2005: Pontius appeared in 20 of the Gauchos' 21 matches, starting a total of five times in his first year at UCSB...Took 18 shots on the year, the second-highest total among freshmen...Scored his first career goal on a blast from 12 yards out for Santa Barbara's sixth goal against Northwestern (9/9)...Found the net again in the Gauchos' next game, scoring the game-winner against Portland (9/11)...Headed a ball over the keeper against Cal State Fullerton (10/29) for his third goal of the season...Notched his first career assist against UC Irvine (11/12)...His 20 appearances were the most among non-starters.

NATIONAL/CLUB
Pontius played with the Irvine Strikers...He helped lead the Strikers to the tourney championship at the prestigious Nomads College Showcase in 2005.

HIGH SCHOOL
Was a standout player at Servite High School, finishing his career third all-time in school history with 39 goals...Was a three-time All-Serra League honoree, earning first team accolades as a junior and senior...Twice named Division I All-CIF, garnering first team honors in 2005...Was also named both the Friars' and Serra League MVP in 2005, in addition to earning All-Orange County honors...Finished his career with 14 total assists after tallying nine as a senior, on top of the 24 goals he netted.

PERSONAL
Christopher Richard Pontius was born May 12, 1987 in Yorba Linda, Calif....A Sociology major...Would like to become a professional soccer player after earning a degree...Cannot do without his iPod...Roots for Manchester United...Is a fan of soccer star Ronaldo and would love the chance to play alongside him...Enjoys watching "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and the movie "Beverly Hills Ninja"...His favorite video game is "FIFA 2005"...Can best be described as very competitive, but also laid back...Son of Richard and Mary Ellen Pontius...Has two brothers, David and Tim, who is a freshman on the UCSB soccer team, and one sister, Sarah.

CAREER STATISTICS

YearMPMSGAPShotsGWG
2005205317181
20062322124161
2007    21      19      11      2       24      46      5
Totals644615535807

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