Oct. 1, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-2-1) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (5-2-1)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker
Friday Night Lights, Camera, Action
Eleventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara will host No. 9 Indiana on Friday night for Fox Soccer Channel's "Game of the Week" at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The 8 p.m. game will also serve as the five-year anniversary celebration of UCSB's 2004 NCAA College Cup finalists with 14 members of that squad returning to campus.
UCSB and Indiana enter this evening's game with a 2-2-0 all-time record against each other. The teams last met in Bloomington, Ind. on Sept. 27, 2008 when the Gauchos picked up a 2-1 victory. Indiana currently holds a 5-2-1 overall record. Will Bruin leads the team with five goals and 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists).
As Seen On TV
The Gauchos enter Friday with a 5-1-3 all-time record in games played on TV and a 2-1-1 record in TV games at Harder Stadium. In Fox Soccer Channel games, the Gauchos are 3-1-0. Of UCSB's five wins on TV, four have been shutouts.
UCSB had a rough start to last week's action when they fell at San Diego State, 4-2, last Friday. The Aztecs' four goals are the most a team has scored against the Gauchos since UC Irvine defeated UCSB, 4-2, in the Big West Championship game on November 15, 2008. It was also the first time since that 2008 game against Irvine that the Gauchos have lost a game by more than one goal. UCSB was able to rebound on Sunday evening, defeating defending Big West title-holder UC Irvine, 1-0, to jump out to a 1-0 start in conference play.
The Gauchos are currently amidst a 12-game scoring streak - 14 games if you count the Gauchos' pair of exhibition games this season. UCSB was last held scoreless in a 0-0 tie at UC Davis on Nov. 8, 2008 and since has had multiple goals in nine of the last 12 games.
While we are on the subject of Gaucho scoring, it would be appropriate to mention that UCSB is currently ranked 18th nationally among Division I programs for goals per game with an average of 2.22. The Gauchos have out-scored their competition 20-11 this season.
The Firing Squad
UCSB is out-shooting its opposition 128-70 this season with 57 (.445) shots on-goal. Danny Barrera leads the team with 20 shots while Michael Tetteh has tallied 17. UCSB has out-shot its opponents in all but two games - the 2-0 shutout win over West Virginia and Sunday's 1-0 victory over UCI - and had a season-high 22 shots in the tie with Wisconsin.
Freshman Michael Nonni leads the Gauchos with 13 points on the season - first on the team with five assists and tied for first on the team with four goals. Nonni scored his fourth goal of the season and first in four games in the 46th minute against San Diego State. His season average of 1.44 points per game ranks 50th nationally, while his 0.56 assists per game is 37th amidst Division I players. If Nonni stays on his current trajectory, he could end the season as the first Gaucho freshman in the Tim Vom Steeg era (1998-present) to lead the program for points in a season.
Sophomore Luis Silva picked up all-tournament team honors for the second time this season after posting the Gauchos' first goal of the weekend in the 28th minute against SDSU at the Nike Aztec Soccer Classic. The goal was the second of the season for the midfielder, setting a new career-high. Silva is currently tied second on the team with four assists
Waid Wastes No Time
Sophomore Waid Ibrahim made good use of his 33 minutes on the field on Sunday - the second fewest minutes he has recorded this season - by scoring the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 21st minute. It was his third goal of the year.
While we are the topic of sophomores, it is interesting to note - hence it being noted here - that four sophomores regularly start for the Gauchos this season: Michael Tetteh, Luis Silva and Danny Barrera have started all nine contests, while Waid Ibrahim has started four. Those four sophomores combined have provided 50 percent of the Gauchos' assists (12), shots (65) and shots-on-goal (28) this season and are accountable for seven of the 20 goals scored (35 percent).
Barrera's Bullet Point
Danny Barrera has played 822 minutes the season, the most by a field player, and leads the team in shots (20) and shots-on-goal (12). He has a career-high two goals and has tallied four assists in 2009.
Junior goalkeeper Sam Hayden - and the entire Gaucho defense for that matter - displayed quite a lot of resiliency over the weekend. After giving up four goals in Friday's game, UCSB bounced back with a 1-0 shutout of UC Irvine, a team it hadn't held scoreless in the previous four meetings. Hayden led the defensive effort with six saves in the goal, a career-high. The junior has played every minute in goal this season and currently averages 2.44 saves per game with a saves percentage of .667. His goals against average is 1.18.
Ain't Nothing Breaking His Stride
Senior David Walker - who is tied with Martin Hedevag and Michael Nonni with a team-leading four goals - recorded his first assist of the season on Luis Silva's goal at SDSU. Walker also fired off four shots across the weekend's two games, breaking his three-game drought without a shot that began with the Loyola Marymount game on Sept. 13 in which he injured his hand. He had surgery the following day and returned to the field just four days later, not missing a game, but rocking a mighty big cast.
Pulse On The Polls
UCSB has been ranked in all five national polls every week of the season. This week, the Gauchos' rankings range from No. 9 nationally to No. 13. UCSB is ranked third in the Far West region in the NSCAA/adidas poll and ranked 11th nationally. The highest Gaucho ranking continues to be from TopDrawerSoccer.com at No. 9. Soccer Times has UCSB at No. 10, Soccer America has it at No. 12 and College Soccer News has the Gauchos ranked No. 13.
UCSB Athletics will be running a special BOGO (Bring One, Get One) promotion at Friday's game for UCSB students. Any student that brings a shirt from another college to the game will be able to exchange their shirt for a brand new UCSB shirt.
Cleats For A Cause
Fans are encouraged to bring their used and outgrown soccer cleats to Friday's game against Indiana. The men's soccer program is collecting them to send to children in Africa. The effort is being run in concurrence with the Bridges for Hope Change for Change program.
On The Air
Following Friday's match-up with the Hoosiers, the Gauchos will remain at home next week as they host league rival Cal Poly on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., which will also marks the premier of live radio broadcasts of UCSB's games on KIST 1490 AM and online at UCSBgauchos.com. All the remaining 2009 contests, including postseason matches, will be broadcast live in Santa Barbara.
To purchase tickets for Friday's game, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.