October 11, 2010

Gauchos to Host Cal Poly in Blue-Green Rivalry Game

Oct. 11, 2010

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7 pm

UC Santa Barbara (5-3-2, 2-1-0) vs. Cal Poly (4-4-2, 1-1-1)
Series record vs. Mustangs: 40-13-5
Last meeting: T, 0-0 (2OT) - Nov. 14, 2009
Streak: Undefeated in last six matches (3-0-3)
Streak at home: Undefeated in last 10 matches (9-0-1)
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast LIVE on AM 1290 and UCSBgauchos.com

Friday, October 15, 2010, 8 pm
UC Santa Barbara vs. #11 Duke (5-2-4)
Series record vs. Blue Devils: 2-0-0
Last meeting: W, 5-0 - Dec. 10, 2004
Streak: Won 2
Televised LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel
Game available on Gametracker
Broadcast LIVE on AM 1290 and UCSBgauchos.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 6 pm
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside (3-7-1, 0-3-0)
Series record vs. Highlanders: 19-2-1
Last meeting: W, 1-0 - Oct. 10, 2009
Streak: Won 2
Broadcast LIVE on KCSB 91.9 FM or KCSB.org

• What's On Tap
UC Santa Barbara faces a busy week with three matches on slate over the next seven days. First up for the Gauchos is the Blue-Green Rivalry game against Central Coast foe Cal Poly on Tuesday. UCSB will wrap-up its current four-match homestand on Friday when it hosts No. 11 Duke for a nationally televised Fox Soccer Channel game. Then, UCSB hits the road Sunday for the first of two games against UC Riverside this season.

• Home Sweet Harder
The Gauchos improved their 2010 home record to 3-1-1 with a 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton last Wednesday. UCSB is amidst a three-match home win streak since school has been back in session. UCSB has gone 231-119-40 (.644) all-time at Harder Stadium and 86-23-13 (.758) since Tim Vom Steeg took over the program in 1999.

• Blue-Green Rivalry
Tuesday's match is part of the Blue-Green Rivalry series between UCSB and Cal Poly. As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits both the colors of sustainability and each schools' colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). The rivalry is based on the 16 sports the two campuses compete in throughout the year. UCSB won the inaugural series, 12-10, and after the women's volleyball victory last Saturday, the Gauchos already have a 1-0 lead this year.

• The Wild, Wild (Big) West
UCSB has gotten out to a 2-1 start in Big West play and is tied for second with Fullerton (2-2) with a game in hand. UC Irvine currently tops the leaderboard after opening league play with three-straight wins. 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.

• Hometown Hero
Junior James Kiffe provided a goal and an assist in the Gauchos' win last week. The Santa Barbara native combined with Michael Nonni to assist Joe Eubanks' game-winner in the 37th minute. He then went on to score his first career goal in the 64th minute. After playing just four matches last year, Kiffe has played 90 or more minutes in each of the last five games and in that span, UCSB has gone 4-1. He is currently tied with Danny Barrera for the team-lead for assists with four and is tied for third among Big West players and 51st nationally with an average of 0.44 helpers per game.

• I Am Sam
Sophomore Sam Garza brought his goals count to four after tallying an unassisted strike less than a minute after Eubanks' game-winner against the Titans. Garza's 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists) pace the Gauchos offensively and rank him third among Big West players. He leads the conference with his average of 3.78 shots per game.

• Taking Shots
UCSB's 31 shots against Fullerton on Wednesday rank as a season-high as does its 15 shots on-goal. The last time the Gauchos had 30 shots in a game was against Cal Poly on Nov. 2, 2008. UCSB has out-shot its opposition in every game this season and in its last 13 consecutive contests. UC Irvine was the last team to out-shoot the Gauchos (19-12) in the 2009 Big West Tournament title game on Nov. 14.

• Machael's Minutes
Sophomore Machael David has impressively played every minute so far this season making him the only Gaucho to have been on the field all 968 minutes the team has played. The defensive midfielder has been a linchpin for the Gaucho defense, helping UCSB post a 0.65 goals against average, which ranks 24th nationally. UCSB also ranks 24th among all Division I teams with its .841 saves percentage.

• Red Card Report
Seniors Michael Boxall and Sam Hayden will not be available to play in Tuesday's game due to red cards. Boxall will sit out after receiving a red card against Fullerton on Wednesday and Hayden will be completing his three-game suspension following his brush with a referee after the Sept. 29 contest at Fullerton.

• Smile For The Cameras
Friday's match against Duke will be the first of two games on the Gauchos' regular season slate that will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel; the second will be their Oct. 27 conference game at Cal Poly. UCSB has posted a 6-1-3 record in games broadcast on TV and own a 4-1-0 record in Fox Soccer Channel games. Of UCSB's six wins on TV, five have been shutouts.

Sam Hayden Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Hayden was selected as a top-10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to seniors that have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Voting to determine the winner has begun and will run through Nov. 14. To vote for Hayden, click here.

• The Vom Steeg File
In his 12th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg is the winningest coach in Big West history. Vom Steeg has posted a 162-64-24 record at the helm of UCSB and a 141-47-23 record since the program rejoined the Big West in 2001. 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 eight 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.

• 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.

• Thank You Cox Communications
UCSB Athletics would like to thank Cox Communications for its support. Cox Communications is the official game sponsor of Tuesday's match between UCSB and Cal Poly.