September 9, 2010

Gauchos Host Davidson Friday, Celebrate Military Appreciation

Sept. 9, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, 7 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (0-2-1) vs. Davidson (2-0-1)
Series record vs. Wildcats: First Meeting
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast Live by News Press Radio AM 1290

• Coming Up
Lobo Classic (Hosted by New Mexico at UNM Soccer Complex)

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, 3:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 6 Harvard (2-0-0)
Series record vs. Crimson: 0-0-1
Last meeting: T, 1-1 (2OT) - Sept. 23, 2007

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Buffalo (0-2-0)
Series record vs. Bulls: First meeting

• UCSB Celebrates Military Appreciation Day
This Friday, Sept. 10, UCSB Athletics will host Military Appreciation Night at the men's soccer game against Davidson. Anyone that has a military ID - active, inactive or retiree - will receive free admission to Friday's match. The event will honor all those who have bravely served our country. Anyone with a military ID will receive complimentary admission for themselves and their immediate family. Just present your military ID at the ticket booth at Harder Stadium to get your free tickets.

• Gauchos Welcome Vandenberg Air Force Base
In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night and the Gauchos Give Tickets Program, UCSB will welcome Vandenberg Air Force Base to Friday's match. Vandenberg received free tickets through the Gauchos Give Tickets Program, which gives local non-profits, charities and business the opportunity to attend UCSB games for free. If you have a group that is interested in attending a UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics event for free, call (805) 893-UCSB.

• UCSB Looking For First Win Of The Season Friday
After getting off to a rough 0-2-1 start to the 2010 season, UCSB will be looking to capture its first win of the year when it hosts Davidson - out of Davidson, North Carolina - for the first meeting between the two programs. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

• Listen Up!
If you are one of the Gaucho faithful that can't make it out to Harder Stadium on Friday, there is some good news for you. The match will be broadcast live on KZSB AM 1290 News-Press radio and online at newspress.com. Longtime Gaucho sportscaster Gerry Fall will team with veteran News-Press sportswriter Mark Patton to call all of the action.

• Home Sweet Harder
UCSB holds a 229-120-40 (.640) all-time record at home and has gone 83-23-12 (.754) at Harder Stadium since Tim Vom Steeg took the program's reigns in 1999. In 2009, the Gauchos posted a 10-2-0 home mark. UCSB outscored its 2009 opposition 22-7 on Meredith Field and posted nine shutouts.

• For The Record
UCSB got out to a 0-2-1 start on the season after falling, 1-0, in overtime to Cal State Bakersfield last Wednesday, tying New Mexico, 1-1, in a double overtime contest on Saturday and falling 1-0 to Creighton this past Tuesday. This marks the first time since Tim Vom Steeg took the reigns of the program in 1999 that the Gauchos have failed to post a win in their first three contests of the year. The last time UCSB has gone three matches without a win was during the 2008 season when the Gauchos went 0-3-3 in its final six games of the year (Nov. 1 thru Nov. 25).

• Working Overtime
Last week's games also marked the first time in the last two decades that the Gauchos have opened the year with consecutive overtime contests. Vom Steeg's teams have posted a 17-7-21 combined mark in overtime games and average four per season.

• Grasping For Goals
Across its three games this season, UCSB has posted just one goal: Sam Garza's game-tying strike in the 56th minute at New Mexico last Saturday. UCSB, which was shut out just twice during the entire 2009 season, has already been shut out twice this year. The last time the Gauchos went three games with just one goal was Nov. 1-8, 2008 when they posted a 3-1 loss to UC Irvine preceding a pair of 0-0 double overtime ties against Cal Poly and UC Davis.

• Taking Shots
Despite being outscored 3-1 across the last three contests, the Gauchos have out-shot their opposition 34-25 and are averaging 11.33 shots per game, not far off from their average of 13 per game in 2009. Sophomore Sam Garza leads all players with 12 shots and has had five on-frame for a .417 shots-on-goal percentage.

• Defensive Behavior
The Gaucho defense has been solid to start the season, allowing just three goals in 296:45 minutes of play. UCSB is allowing an average of 8.3 shots per game an improvement upon last season's 9.5.

• The Dish On Davidson
Davidson, which plays in the Southern Conference, is currently undefeated after opening the season with a 2-0-1 record. The Wildcats most recently faced Campbell on Tuesday, posting a 1-0 victory. Davidson is currently ranked as the No. 8 team in the South Region by the NSCAA. The Wildcats are led by Yannick Pilgrim, who has posted six points (2 goals, 2 assists) and Mark Millard (2 goals, 1 assist). The program has made three NCAA Tournament appearances, the last coming in 2003.

• Poll Position
UCSB remains ranked in all five national polls. The Gauchos' top ranking is ninth by Top Drawer Soccer. The team is 13th in the Soccer America poll, ranked 16th by College Soccer News, 17th by Soccer Times and 21st by the NSCAA. In the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll, the Gauchos were picked to repeat as the conference champions and received six of seven first place votes.

• The Cup is Coming, The Cup is Coming!
UCSB is the proud host of the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup which will take place Dec. 10 and 12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. This marks the first time since the 2004 season that the Cup has been held on the West Coast. All-Session passes for the College Cup are currently available for purchase as a part of the 2010 soccer season ticket packages. Individual College Cup passes will be made available for purchase this Wednesday, Sept. 1.

If you would like 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.

• Golden Scarf Ceremony Set for Sept. 24
This year's "Golden Scarf" ceremony will take place prior to the Gauchos' Sept. 24 match against UCLA. This year, four individuals will be awarded a Golden Scarf for their dedication, passion and commitment to UCSB, the sport of soccer and/or the community. Nominations are now being taken online for this year's honor and each person who submits a nomination will receive a pair of free tickets to a Big West Conference home soccer match of their choosing. To nominate someone that you feel is worthy of recognition, click here.

• Thank You Santa Barbara News-Press
UCSB Athletics would like to extend a special thank you to Santa Barbara News-Press, which is the official sponsor of Friday's game against Davidson.