UCSB Begins Three-Game Road Swing at UC Riverside

Oct. 8, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 7 pm

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-2-1) at UC Riverside Highlanders (1-9-0)
at UCR Soccer Stadium
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming at UCSBgauchos.com)
Game broadcast LIVE by KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

• Get On The Bus
After playing - and winning - three consecutive games at home, UCSB will head to UC Riverside this Saturday for its first Big West road pairing. The match will be the first of three straight league games on the road for the Gauchos. UCSB has posted a 2-1-0 away record this season.

• Against the Highlanders
UCSB holds an 18-3-0 all-time advantage over UC Riverside. The Gauchos are amidst a four-match unbeaten streak against Riverside and the last time they were defeated by the Highlanders was on Oct. 11, 2006 when they fell, 1-0. Last season, UCSB defeated UCR at Harder Stadium, 5-1, which was their biggest margin of victory in 2008.

• Riverside Round-Up
UC Riverside enters the weekend with a 1-9-0 overall record and 0-2-0 Big West record. The Highlanders are currently amidst a six-game losing skid and faced a 2-1 loss at the hands of UC Davis on Wednesday. Tyler Wilson leads the team with two goals on the season. The Highlanders have been outscored 20-7 this season.

• Last Time Out
On Wednesday, UCSB extended its home win streak over Cal Poly to 11 games with a 1-0 victory against the Mustangs at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Luis Silva's goal in the 30th minute was all the Gauchos needed to overcome their league rival and to improve to 40-13-4 in the all-time series with Cal Poly. The Gauchos tied their season-high of 22 shots in the victory, including 14 in the first half alone.

• Vom Steeg Reaches Milestone
In his 11th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg became the winningest coach in Big West history on Wednesday when UCSB defeated Cal Poly, 1-0. Vom Steeg has posted a 148-58-21 record at the helm of UCSB and a 127-41-20 record since the program rejoined the Big West in 2001. Vom Steeg surpassed Jose Elgorriaga, formerly of Fresno State, who held the record with 126 wins with the Bulldogs.Vom Steeg is also the winningest coach in UCSB men's soccer history and has turned the Gauchos into an annual national title contender. The 2004 and 2006 NSCAA National Coach of the Year, Vom Steeg guided the Gauchos to the NCAA title in 2006 and the championship game in 2004. He has guided UCSB to five Big West titles in the past eight years and seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. He won Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005 and has produced 15 All-Americans.

• Leave It To Luis
Helping the Gauchos keep their scoring streak alive on Wednesday was Luis Silva who tallied the lone goal of the match in the 30th minute on a shot to the left corner of Cal Poly's goal from the top of the box, he was assisted by Michael Tetteh. It was Silva's third goal of the year and second game-winner. The midfielder is currently third on the team with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists).

• 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.

• Lucky Number 13
The Gauchos currently rank nationally among all Division I schools with its average of 2.18 goals per game. The Gauchos have outscored their opposition, 24-11 this season.

• Freshman Phenomenon
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 164-89 this season with 70 (.427) shots on-goal. Danny Barrera and David Walker lead the team with 24 shots each and Barrera has fired 14 on-frame. UCSB has out-shot its opponents in all but two games - the 2-0 shutout win over West Virginia (Sept. 4) and the 1-0 victory over UCI (Sept. 27) - and had a season-high 22 shots against Wisconsin and Cal Poly.

• Shutout Sam
Goalkeeper Sam Hayden - and the rest of the Gaucho defense - has really hit his stride over the last three games. Since giving up a season-high four goals at San Diego State (Sept. 25), Hayden has not allowed a single goal. He has made 16 saves across the last three contests, including a season-high six against Indiana on Friday. This season he has posted five shutouts, just two away from cracking into UCSB's single season top-10 list. The junior has started every game in the goal and currently holds a .750 saves percentage and has a 0.97 goals against average.

• Seventh Heaven
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.

• Young Guns
In the last six games, UCSB has scored 10 goals. Every one of those 10 goals has been tallied by an underclassmen. In fact, of UCSB's 24 total goals this season, 16 have been scored by a freshman or sophomore and the underclassmen account for six of eight game-winners.

• Hometown Heroes
The Gauchos hold a 5-1-0 record at Harder Stadium this year and have won their last three home contests. During the Tim Vom Steeg era, the Gauchos have recorded a 78-21-10 record at home and have only twice lost two or more home games in a year (2008 and 2000). UCSB will return home on Oct. 24 when they play Cal State Fullerton in the first of their three remaining home pairings.

• On The Air
New this year, all men's soccer games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 KIST and available for free online via audio streaming, making UCSB the only school in the nation to broadcast men's soccer matches live on commercial radio. Fans from all over the world can also hear the Gauchos' run to the NCAA Tournament online by clicking here.

All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.

• Big West Update
UCSB is the only Big West team still undefeated in league play with its 2-0 mark. The Gauchos are tied for the conference lead with UC Davis (2-1) and Cal Poly (2-1), which have both also accumulated six points in the standings. Cal State Northridge (1-1) and Cal State Fullerton (1-1) both have three points and UC Irvine (0-2) and Saturday's opponent UC Riverside (0-2) still are waiting for their first Big West victories.

• Soccer Town USA
The 10,114 fans that showed up to the match against Indiana 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. On Wednesday, UCSB welcomed 5,842 people to Harder for the game with Cal Poly. UCSB is currently averaging 5,005 fans between their eight home dates this season (including its two exhibitions).

Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.