UCSB vs. UC Davis: Ranked & Unbeaten Big West Teams Battle at Harder
Oct. 10, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (6-3-2, 1-0-1) vs. No. 13 UC Davis (10-1-1, 2-0-1)
UCSB's Harder Stadium
Tickets available by calling (805) 893-UCSB or online at UCSBgauchos.com
First 1,000 students receive a free Gaucho Stick
First 1,000 fans receive a free Gaucho Stick and a UCSB wristband
Santa Barbara News-Press Kids to College Game - All kids 13 and under receive free admission
About the Aggies
UC Davis enters tonight's game with a 10-game unbeaten streak that was extended after a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday. Senior Quincy Amarikwa scored the Aggie goal, giving him a career-high 10 this season. Amarikwa is tied for the Big West lead (with UCSB's Chris Pontius) with 20 total points. His 10 goals lead the conference and he is averaging 1.67 points per match. Fellow senior Dylan Curtis entered this week leading the nation in assists per game with 0.91, with 10 total helpers. Sophomore goalie Ryan McCown posted his fifth shutout of the season in the win over the Titans and entered this week tops in the Big West with a 0.70 goals against average. The Gauchos have a three-match unbeaten streak vs. Davis - last losing Sept. 23, 2006 - and are 10-3-3 overall. The teams' last meeting resulted in a 2-2 tie.
Gauchos Still Streaking
UCSB has scored at least one goal in 31 consecutive matches dating back to last season, which is the longest active goal-scoring streak in the nation. The last time the Gauchos were held scoreless came Sept. 2, 2007 at home in a 1-0 defeat to Gonzaga.
Points for Pontius
Continuing to etch his name in the UCSB history books is senior Chris Pontius, who scored his ninth goal of the season in the tie with Cal State Northridge. That gives the forward 24 for his career, tying him for eighth all-time. He has 54 career points, just three away from making the top-10 in that category. The Hermann Trophy candidate leads the Big West in shots (54), points per game (1.82) and is second in goals (nine) and goals per game (0.82).
Dish It Out
Senior Nick Perera dished out two assists in the Gauchos' tie with Northridge on Wednesday, giving him three this season, already one more than he totaled in 2007. Perera's high for assists in a season came in 2006 when he had four.
Forced to miss tonight's match will be freshman midfielder Danny Barrera and assistant coach Neil Jones. Barrera was given two yellow cards - resulting in a red card and an automatic one-game suspension - for being inside the 10-yard barrier twice on a free kick with 00:03 remaining in Wednesday's game. Jones was given a red card as well during the play.
The UCSB soccer team would like to make you aware of a donation drive to bring needed sports equipment to Africa through two outreach organizations in Santa Barbara. Donations of new or used sports equipment, clothing or shoes are greatly appreciated. Items can be dropped off at any of the remaining Gauchos' home games.
Climbing the Charts
After a win and a tie last week, UCSB moved up in every national ranking for the second week in a row. The Gauchos are ranked as high as No. 13, courtesy of Top Drawer Soccer, No. 15 by Soccer America, No. 16 by College Soccer News, No. 16 by Soccer America and No. 18 by the NSCAA. UCSB is also ranked as the third-best Far West team by the NSCAA.