No. 16 UCSB Faces Fullerton, A Team They Have a Nine-Game Winning Streak Against

No. 16 UCSB Faces Fullerton, A Team They Have a Nine-Game Winning Streak Against

Oct. 22, 2008

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• The Schedule
Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. No. 16 UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton (3-11-1, 0-4-1)
at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium
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• Final Home Games
The Gauchos' next home game is November 1 vs. UC Irvine when the first 500 fans will receive free seat cushions as well as all kids 13 and under receiving free admission thanks to Kids Go to College Night. On November 5, the Gauchos will battle Cal Poly in the final home regular season game as UCSB will attempt to set THE record and break the NCAA regular-season attendance mark. November 5 is also Senior Night and the first 250 students will receive free T-shirts. All fans in attendance will receive a free senior poster and all faculty and staff members will receive free admission by coming by the UCSB Ticket Office anytime before that game and showing their staff ID card.

• POW = Pontius is Other Worldly
Senior forward Chris Pontius took home three awards after leading the Gauchos to a pair of victories last week. Pontius was named the Big West Player of the Week, the Soccer America Player of the Week and he was also named to College Soccer News' Team of the Week for his efforts. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native had a goal and an assist in UCSB's 5-1 win over UC Riverside and he tallied the game-winner in the second overtime of the Gauchos' 1-0 win over Cal Poly.

• Points for Pontius
With his two goals last week, Pontius continued to etch his name in the UCSB history books. That gives the forward 26 goals for his career, placing him seventh all-time. Pontius needs one goal to tie Doug McKibbon (1968-72) for sixth place and two to equal current assistant coach Neil Jones' mark set between 2001-04. He has 60 career points, tying him for seventh all-time with McKibbon and Steve Pollack (1975-79). The Hermann Trophy candidate leads the Big West in shots with 70 and ranks 15th in the nation in points per game (1.79) and 13th nationally in goals per game (0.79). Those two totals also rank him second in the Big West. Pontius' 11 goals this year are as many as he had last season when he was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Year.

• Perera's Points Production
Senior Nick Perera had his second career multi-goal game in the 5-1 victory over UC Riverside when he scored twice in a four-miute span during the Gauchos' four-goal first half. Perera ranks second on the team with four goals - one more than his total from last season - and is second with 11 points, already three more than he totaled last year. The forward's first two-goal game came in a 2-0 win over UC Irvine on Oct. 7, 2006. Perera, the 2006 College Cup's Most Outstanding Player, has three assists this year after dishing out just two assists in 21 matches last season.

• Rise Up
With two victories, the Gauchos moved up in every national ranking with the team's highest rank being 16 courtesy of Soccer America. UCSB moved up six slots to No. 17 in the NSCAA poll - their largest jump of the week of the five polls - and rank 18th in polls by Top Drawer, College Soccer News and Soccer Times. UCSB also is ranked fourth in the NSCAA Far West poll.

• Gauchos' Goals
With 29 goals through 14 games, UCSB is 20th in the nation in goals per game and best in the conference, averaging 2.07. Within the Big West, the Gauchos average the most points per game with 5.86, while their 252 shots are easily the most in the league. Defensively, the Gauchos have allowed the third-most goals in the Big West, giving up 25, while their goals against average is second to last at 1.79. UCSB is tied for the conference lead in yellow cards and is first in yellows per game, averaging 2.14 per contest.

• Mota-Goal-Van
Senior co-captain Alfonso Motagalvan notched his fourth goal of the season when he converted a penalty kick in the win over Riverside. That gives the midfielder four goals this season, one shy of his personal-best accomplished last season. In fact, Motagalvan is close to doubling his career goal total this season alone after entering with six total goals in his previous three years at UCSB.

• Packing It In
Three of the nation's top-10 crowds in the NCAA this season have witnessed UC Santa Barbara play. After 11,075 watched UCSB defeat Cal Poly on Saturday, the Gauchos are responsible for attracting the top two crowds of the season with the 7,408 who came to see the Gauchos battle Wake Forest at Harder Stadium ranking second. The 4,007 who witnessed UCSB host UC Davis is 10th in the country. Through 14 games, UCSB is averaging 4,027 fans per match, which is tops in the Big West.

• RPI Ranking
In the first official RPI release this season, which occurred last week, UCSB's RPI ranked 11th in the nation as the Gauchos trail only UC Davis (fifth) among Big West schools. The next set of rankings will be released Oct. 28.

• Worth a Minton
Goalkeeper Kristopher Minton recorded his first career shutout in the win at Cal Poly. In conference play the freshman's goals against average is 1.12, good for fourth, while his .750 save percentage ranks fifth in the conference.

• Unavailable
For the second time in three games, UCSB will be without freshman Michael Tetteh. The midfielder, who has started nine games, received a red card in the victory over Cal Poly and therefore will be forced to miss Saturday's match vs. Cal State Fullerton. Tetteh had to sit out last week's win over UC Riverside after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

• The Take on the Titans
UCSB is on a nine-game winning streak vs. Cal State Fullerton, which spans the past five seasons. The last time the Gauchos lost to the Titans came on Oct. 25, 2003 when they dropped a 4-1 decision. Cal State Fullerton is winless in Big West play and also 0-5-0 at home this season, however the Titans are coming off a big tie with UC Davis last week, a team that defeated UCSB 2-0. CSUF is led by sophomore Celso Alvarez, who has tallied 10 points (five goals). The winner of Saturday's match will take the advantage in an overall series that currently stands at 22-22-2.

• 31 and Done
The shutout to UC Davis was the first time that UCSB had been held scoreless since Sept. 2, 2007 - ending a span of 31 matches with a goal scored. That streak had been the longest active run of goal-scoring in the country.

• Safe at Home
Harder Stadium has always been a friendly place to play for the Gauchos, with the team holding a 75-18-10 home mark under Tim Vom Steeg. However, the two losses at home already this season are one more than the Gauchos dropped last year. The last time UCSB lost two matches at home in a season was in 2006 when they finished 11-2-0. UCSB has not lost more than two matches at home since the 2000 season when they finished 3-5-1. Since 2005, in fact, the Gauchos are 29-6-6 at Harder Stadium.

• Africa Outreach
The Gauchos are running a donation drive to bring needed sports equipment to Africa. Donations of new or used sports equipment, clothing or shoes are greatly appreciated. Items can be dropped off at any of the remaining Gaucho home games, which include a Nov. 1 match vs. UC Irvine and a Nov. 5 match against Cal Poly.