First Place And 15th-Ranked Men's Soccer Can Clinch Its Second Consecutive Big West Title At UC Riverside This Weekend

Nov. 8, 2002

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team can clinch its second consecutive Big West Conference Championship this weekend with a victory at UC Riverside. With three regular season games remaining, at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton and at home against UC Irvine, the Gauchos need to win just one of these games to retain their Big West Crown.

Ranked 15th in the NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll for the second consecutive week, UCSB broke the school scoring record in its 4-2 victory over Cal State Northridge this past Wednesday, running its season total to 54 goals. The previous record was 53 goals in a season, set first in 1978 and most recently in 1982. Santa Barbara's offense has been ranked in the top-10 in the nation for all of 2002, spending five weeks at the number one spot, with a current ranking of sixth, averaging 3.13 goals per game. The Gauchos four goals against Northridge marked the first time this season the Matadors tenth-ranked defense had given up four goals in a game this season.

In order for Santa Barbara to take the title this weekend at UC Riverside they will have to it without the services of midfielder David McGill and head coach Tim Vom Steeg. McGill is serving a one game suspension for accumulating five yellow cards; Vom Steeg is out for one game for receiving a red card in the Cal State Northridge match. The Riverside game is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at UC Riverside's Lower Field barring any weather related delays.