Oct. 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-2-1) vs. Cal Poly Mustangs (4-6-0)
at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming at UCSBgauchos.com)
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker
Battle Of The Central Coast
UCSB hosts Big West Conference rival Cal Poly on Wednesday evening in the Gauchos second conference game of the season. UCSB holds a 39-13-4 advantage in the all-time series against Cal Poly and posted a 1-0-2 record against the team in 2008. The last match-up between the teams was in last season's Big West Tournament semifinal game. The two teams were tied 2-2 and the game was decided in penalty kicks - the Gauchos won 4-3 in the shootout to advance to the conference final.
Cal Poly enters the weekend with a 4-6-0 overall record and has jumped out to a 2-0 league mark during its first week of Big West play. The Mustangs defeated Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in double overtime last Wednesday and then topped UC Davis, 1-0, on Sunday. David Zamora leads the team with three goals on the year.
As Seen On Television
The Gauchos were last in action on Friday when they hosted Indiana in their second nationally televised home game of the season. UCSB blew past the Hoosiers, defeating the team 3-0 in front of a crowd of 10,114. Sophomore Danny Barrera scored the game-winner in the 39th minute. In the second half, Machael David scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the 51st minute and Michael Nonni notched his fifth of the season to give UCSB the 3-0 victory. UCSB has outscored its opponents 7-0 between its two Fox Soccer Channel games this season - the team previously recorded a 4-0 win over Rutgers on Sept. 11 at Harder Stadium.
13 Games And Counting
The Gauchos are currently amidst a 13-game scoring streak - 15 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 10 of the last 13 games.
Lucky Number 13
Thirteen must be the lucky number for the Gauchos this week because it is also their current rank nationally for scoring offense. UCSB is ranked 13th among all Division I schools with its average of 2.3 goals per game. The Gauchos have outscored their opposition, 23-11 this season.
Soccer Town USA
The 10,114 fans that showed up to Friday's match set a new program record for regular season home attendance. The crowd was the second largest in school history behind the record 11,214 that flooded Harder for the Dec. 4, 2004 NCAA Quarterfinal game against Virginia Commonwealth. Friday's game ranks fourth all-time in the NCAA's regular season attendance top-10.
Barrera's Big Time
Sophomore midfielder Danny Barrera was named UCSBgauchos.com Athlete of the Week and also was placed on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after leading the Gauchos to Friday's win over Indiana. Barrera scored the game-winning goal in the 39th minute and then assisted Michael Nonni's goal in the 61st minute. The goal marked Barrera's third of the season while the assist was his fifth - tying his career-high. The sophomore is currently second on the team with 11 points and is second for assists. Barrera also currently ranks 36th among all Division I players with his average of 0.5 assists per game.
Freshman Michael Nonni leads the Gauchos with 16 points on the season - first on the team with five goals and six assists. Nonni scored UCSB's third goal in the 61st minute against Indiana after assisting Machael David's first goal of the season just 10 minutes earlier. Nonni currently ranks 22nd among all Division I players with his 0.6 assists per game average and ranks 30th for points per game (1.6). Nonni is also in the top-100 for goals per game, coming in at 61st with a 0.5 average. If Nonni stays on his current trajectory, he could end the season as the first Gaucho freshman in the Tim Vom Steeg era (1999-present) to lead the program for points in a season.
The Firing Squad
UCSB is out-shooting its opposition 142-81 this season with 61 (.430) shots on-goal. Danny Barrera leads the team with 21 shots and 13 on-frame. UCSB has out-shot its opponents in all but two games - the 2-0 shutout win over West Virginia (Sept. 4) and the1-0 victory over UCI (Sept. 27) - and had a season-high 22 shots in the tie with Wisconsin (Sept. 20).
UCSB has been ranked in all five national polls every week of the season and for the first time this year, multiple polls have the Gauchos in the same spot and all of the polls have them in the top-10. UCSB is ranked No. 7 by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer Times and College Soccer News - its highest ranking in that poll this year. The Gauchos are ranked eighth by TopDrawerSoccer.com and after three weeks, have broken back into Soccer America's top-10 at the No. 9 spot. Prior to the season, UCSB was picked to finish first in the Big West in a poll of the conference's coaches.
Sam I Am
Goalkeeper Sam Hayden posted a career-high six saves on Friday to lead the Gauchos to their fifth shutout of the season and second straight. Hayden is currently just two shutouts away from cracking UCSB's top-10 list for shutouts in a season - the school record is 13, set by Dan Kennedy in 2004. The junior has started every game in the goal and currently holds a .718 saves percentage and has a 1.06 goals against average.
The Gauchos currently hold a 4-1-0 record at Harder Stadium and have won their last two home contests. During the Tim Vom Steeg era, the Gauchos have recorded a 77-21-10 record at home and have only twice lost two or more home games in a year (2008 and 2000). Including Wednesday's contest, the Gauchos have just four more regular season home games at Harder - all of which are conference pairings.
Six of the Gauchos' regular starters are underclassmen (three freshmen, three sophomores): Michael Nonni, Danny Barrera, Luis Silva, Michael Tetteh, Rob Hoyle and Machael David. These underclassmen have contributed 15 of the Gauchos' 23 goals (65%) this season and 21 of their 27 assists (78%). This group has also contributed five of seven game-winning goals.
On The Air
Radio broadcasts of UCSB's games on KIST 1490 AM and online at UCSBgauchos.com will debut on Wednesday. All the remaining 2009 contests, including postseason matches, will be broadcast live in Santa Barbara with all the action being called by Steve Wendt.
Big West Update
Cal Poly is currently the conference leader with a 2-0 record in Big West action. The Gauchos and Cal State Northridge are currently tied for second with 1-0 marks. UC Davis is currently 1-1, while Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside are sitting at 0-1. UC Irvine - the Gauchos' first conference victim of the season - sits at the bottom of the standings with a 0-2 league record.
Gaucho Huddle This Week
Wednesday marks the second Gaucho Huddle of the year and Tim Vom Steeg will be one of the three coaches speaking at the event. The Oct. 7 luncheon will kick-off at 11:30 am at Endless Summer Café on the Santa Barbara Waterfront. The cost to attend the Huddle is only $10 and all those planning on attending are asked to RSVP to Christina Baglas at Christina.Baglas@atheltics.ucsb.edu or at (805) 893-5372.
Get Your Tickets
To purchase tickets for Wednesday's game, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
BOGO, Take Two
Since last week's BOGO promotion was so successful, UCSB Athletics is bringing it back for Wednesday's game. BOGO (Bring One, Get One) means that 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.
Thank You Amtrak!
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