October 5, 2010

UCSB Hosts Rematch with Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday

Oct. 5, 2010

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

UC Santa Barbara (4-3-2, 1-1-0) vs. Cal State Fullerton (2-5-2, 1-1-0)
Series record vs. Titans: 24-23-2
Last meeting: L, 1-0 (OT) - Sept. 29, 2010
Streak: Lost 1
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast LIVE on AM 1290 and newspress.com

• What's On Tap
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team continues Big West Conference action at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium with the second game of its current four-match homestand. The Gauchos face a relatively light week with just one contest: a rematch with Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday. The pairing comes exactly one week after the two team's last match-up, which Fullerton won 1-0 in overtime, breaking an 11-match losing streak to the Gauchos.

• Home Sweet Harder
The Gauchos are 2-1-1 at home so far this year and have won their last two home pairings: a 2-0 victory over UCLA (Sept. 24) and a 2-1 overtime win against UC Davis (Oct. 2). UCSB has gone 230-119-40 (.643) all-time at Harder Stadium and 85-23-13 (.756) since Tim Vom Steeg took over the program in 1999.

• Working Overtime
The Gauchos should be getting paid time and a half considering the number of overtime games they have played this season. UCSB has had five of their nine matches go into overtime, already surpassing its four overtime games in 2009. The Gauchos recorded their first win in extra time against UC Davis on Saturday when Peter McGlynn scored on a header two minutes into the second overtime period. UCSB is now 1-2-2 in overtime. The most overtime games a Vom Steeg-led team has played in a season was eight during the 2004 season.

• The Wild, Wild (Big) West
UCSB has gotten out to a 1-1 start in Big West play and is tied for fourth with Fullerton on the conference leaderboard. UC Irvine, Cal Poly and Northridge have all gotten out to 1-0 starts while UC Davis is 0-1 and UC Riverside is winless in league play at 0-2. In 2009, the Gauchos went 8-1-1 in conference and captured the regular season Big West title. The Gauchos were chosen to finish first in the league this year in a preseason poll of the conference coaches, receiving six of the seven first-place votes.

• Double Trouble
Juniors Danny Barrera and James Kiffe proved to be a lethal combination on Saturday as the pair assisted both Gaucho goals. The first goal came when Barrera passed to Kiffe, who provided a beautiful cross to Michael Nonni for a header. The roles reversed in overtime when Kiffe found Barrera, who crossed the ball to Peter McGlynn for his game-winning header. Barrera's assists were his second and third of the season and he has brought his career count to 17, two shy of the UCSB career top-10 list. Kiffe also has three assists on the season and four total during his two-year career with the Gauchos. After playing just three matches in 2009, Kiffe has already played in eight this year and has started the last three games.

• Achilles' Heel
If the Gauchos were Superman, surely set pieces would be their kryptonite. Of the seven goals scored against UCSB this season, four have been off of corner kicks - including both goals last week - and two have been the result of free kicks. The Gauchos hold a 58-28 advantage over their opposition in corner kicks this season, but just three have resulted in UCSB goals.

• In Then Out, Up And Then Down
After being selected as a consensus preseason top-10 team in all five national college soccer polls, the Gauchos slipped out of the polls for two weeks in mid-September before resurfacing last week. With the loss against Fullerton, they have once again fallen out of each poll's top-30 with the exception of Top Drawer Soccer, which has the Gauchos coming in at No. 28.

• Spreading The Wealth
Nine different Gauchos have scored so far this season and the team's four game-winners have all come from different sources. Peter McGlynn's game-winner on Saturday was the second career goal for the junior and his first game-clincher. Sam Garza and David Opoku lead the squad with three goals apiece

• Defensive Behavior
The Gaucho defense has been solid thus far, posting a 0.72 goals against average, which currently ranks second in the Big West and 29th nationally. Meanwhile, the team's .833 saves percentage is 27th nationally.

• Sam I Am Out
Senior goalkeeper and defending Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, Sam Hayden will sit out two more games due to the red card he acquired following the Oct. 2 loss to Cal State Fullerton. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Reyes made the first start of his collegiate career on Saturday against UCD and posted two saves in the win.

• Taking On The Titans: Take Two
Following Fullerton's shocking win over the Gauchos last Wednesday, the Titans were unable to keep their momentum rolling and fell, 3-0, to Cal State Northridge on Saturday. The squad is led by Nick Posthuma, who has four goals on the season. During the Gauchos' Oct. 2 pairing with Fullerton, they out-shot the Titans 22-8 with a 10-3 shots on-goal advantage.

• Coming Soon
Following this week's match against Fullerton, UCSB will remain at home for two more matches. The Gauchos will face Central Coast rival Cal Poly on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and will then welcome Duke for a non-conference match on Saturday, Oct. 25, which will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

• 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 can be purchased by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.

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