Gauchos Ranked No. 8 in NSCAA Preseason Top-25

Aug. 10, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A week after being ranked No. 6 by College Soccer News in the website's preseason poll, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team has garnered another top-10 ranking. This time, it is the National Soccer Coaches Association of America that has tabbed the Gauchos as the nation's No. 8 team heading into the 2010 campaign.

UCSB is one of just two schools from the West in the top-10 along with No. 5 UCLA. Akron tops the rankings with Virginia, Wake Forest and North Carolina rounding out the top-four, respectively. Maryland and Tulsa rank sixth and seventh and Northwestern and Harvard finish off the top-10. Just one other Big West school - UC Irvine - made the poll, coming in at No. 25.

For the complete NSCAA Pre-Season Top-25 National Rankings, click here.

The Gauchos will return nine starters from their 2009 squad that posted a 17-5-2 overall record and posted a school-record 16 shutouts. UCSB won the Big West regular season title last year and advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament.

UCSB will kick-off the 2010 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 21 when they host cross-town foe Westmont in an exhibition match on Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. All the action will get underway at 7 pm.

Season tickets for the 2010 soccer season are now available. All season ticket packages include tickets for the 2010 Men's College Cup, which is being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Individual season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one 2010 Men's College Cup all-session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.

To purchase your tickets for the 2010 soccer season or for more information, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.