November 20, 2009

Gauchos Travel to San Diego for NCAA Second Round Game

Nov. 20, 2009

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• The Schedule
Sunday, November 22, 2009, 5 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara (16-4-2) at San Diego (12-5-2)
at Torero Stadium
All-Time Record vs. San Diego - 7-6-0
Last Meeting - W, 1-0 (Sept. 14, 2003)
Game broadcast LIVE by KIST 1490 AM (streaming online)
Game available on Gametracker
Live Streaming Video

• UCSB Advances To NCAA Tournament Second Round
With Thursday's 1-0 win over Wofford College in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team has advanced to the Second Round where it will play No. 11 seed San Diego at Torero Stadium at 5 p.m.

• 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 through the NCAA Tournament online by clicking here.

• Gauchos In The College Cup
UCSB is amidst its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the Gauchos have played in the Second Round all eight times - whether it was through a First Round win or bye. UCSB currently holds a 15-5-2 record in NCAA Tournament games and has twice advanced to the College Cup Final (2004 and 2006), which the Gauchos won in 2006.

• For The Record
The Gauchos hold a 16-4-2 overall record, marking the program's most wins in a season since 2006 (17-7-1). The school record for wins in a season was set in 2004, when the Gauchos recorded a 20-2-2 overall mark. UCSB has won 11 of its last 14 games, all by way of a shutout.

• Setting A New Standard
Thursday's 1-0 shutout marked UCSB's 15th of the season, tying the program and the Big West's single season record, which was originally set in 2004. With his 15th shutout of the season, goalkeeper Sam Hayden - who already owned the UCSB record - has now set a new conference shutout mark.

• Taking On The Toreros
No. 11 seed San Diego enters the weekend with a 12-5-2 overall record and had a First Round bye. The Toreros won the West Coast Conference, receiving an at-large berth into this year's NCAA Tournament. Despite their solid overall record, the Toreros have posted a record of just 1-1-2 in the month of November. San Diego is led by WCC Player of the Year Ryan Peterman, who has helped the Toreros defense hold its opposition to just 16 goals this season and post nine shutouts. WCC Freshman of the Year Patrick Wallen leads the squad with his 18 points and seven goals. In goal, Kelin Briones averages 0.88 goals against and has posted a .781 saves percentage.

• Handsomely Rewarded
UCSB picked up a school record 10 All-Big West honors on Tuesday when the conference awards were announced, including four major awards. Senior Martin Hedevag was named Defensive Player of the Year, junior Sam Hayden earned Goalkeeper of the Year, sophomore Danny Barrera was picked as Midfielder of the Year and freshman Machael David was named Freshman of the Year. Hedevag, Hayden and Barrera all earned First Team honors in addition to senior David Walker, junior Michael Boxall and sophomore Luis Silva. David earned Second Team All-Big West along with sophomore Michael Tetteh and freshman Michael Nonni. Sophomore Waid Ibrahim rounded out the Gauchos' selections with Honorable Mention accolades. Eight of UCSB's 10 all-conference honorees will return for the 2010 season.

• The Awards Keep Rolling In
On Thursday, TopDrawerSoccer.com released its 2009 Men's College Soccer Teams of the Season. Danny Barrera was named to the Third Team while Machael David was placed on the All Rookie First Team. On Friday, it was announced that Sam Hayden is among the finalists for Soccer News Net Men's College Player of the Year, which will be awarded in mid-December.

• UCSB Sets NCAA Attendance Record
The Gauchos average home attendance this season of 4,335 fans per game has topped the NCAA record of 3,629 fans per game set by New Mexico in 2005 as well as the unofficial record the was held by Connecticut, which averaged 4,297 fans a game in 1982.

• On The Road Again
While the Gauchos had the luxury of hosting the First Round at Harder Stadium - where they have posted a 10-2-0 record this season and a 9-1 record in NCAA Tournament games - it is likely they will finish out the rest of the tournament on the road, baring any major upsets in the bracket. UCSB has posted a 5-2-0 record in away games this season and has posted a 3-4-0 record in previous NCAA Tournament away games.

• NCAA Resume
It seems only appropriate that senior David Walker scored the game-winner on Thursday evening against Wofford considering he is the Gaucho with the most postseason appearances under his belt. The forward is the lone member of the 2006 National Championship squad remaining on the Gaucho roster and leads his teammates with the most NCAA Tournament experience, having played in 10 total postseason games, including all six during the 2006 season. Senior Jonathan Zerah is second on the team with four tournament games under his belt.

• Working Overtime
During their 21 NCAA Tournament games, UCSB has had seven go into overtime and two of those decided in penalty kicks. Of the games decided in extra minutes, the Gauchos have posted a 2-3 record and their last two tournament ousters have been in double overtime (against Ohio State in 2007 and Cal in 2008). In games decided in penalty kicks, UCSB has gone 1-1. During the 2009 regular season, UCSB went undefeated in its four overtime games, posting a 2-0-2 record in extra minutes.

• Gauchos Win Sixth Big West Title
After completing the Big West regular season schedule with an 8-1-1 record, the Gauchos captured their sixth conference title since 2001 with 25 points. In all, UCSB's six regular season championships are the most in Big West history, surpassing former member Fresno State's five regular season crowns. The Gauchos are now tied for the third-most victories in a 10-game conference season in Big West history, while their .850 winning percentage in conference matches is also tied for third-best in Big West lore. The title gave UCSB the No. 1 seed into the Big West tournament, where it placed second after a 4-1 loss to UC Irvine in the championship game.

• Living In A State Of Denial
The Gauchos now rank fourth in the country with their .682 shutout percentage. UCSB has allowed just 16 goals this season and just five in the last 14 games. The Gauchos own a 0.71 goals against average, which ranks 17th in the country. The school record for lowest opponent goals per match average was set in 2004 at 0.56. UCSB's 16 goals allowed is a testament to its phenomenal defensive turnaround since the 2008 season when the Gauchos allowed 39 goals.

• Offensive Behavior
While the Gaucho defense has been on fire, the UCSB offense is no slouch in comparison. The Gauchos rank 32nd nationally with their 1.73 goals per game average. UCSB ranks first for points in the Big West (118) and second for goals (38), behind UC Irvine. UCSB has scored in all but two games this season: a 1-0 loss to Cal State Northridge (Oct. 18) and a 0-0 tie with Cal Poly (Nov. 4). The Gaucho offense is led by David Walker's eight goals and 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists). Michael Nonni (6 goals, 6 assists) and Danny Barrera (5 goals, 8 assists), who have each tallied 18 points this season, are a close second.

• A Tale Of Two Halves
Over the last six games, there has been a change in the Gauchos' scoring patterns. In 13 of the Gauchos' first 16 games this season, they scored at least one goal in the opening 45 minutes of play. In the past six contests, the Gauchos have been shut out in the first half. For the season however, the Gauchos' have distributed their goals fairly evenly among both halves with 17 being scored in the first half and 19 in the second.

• The Vom Steeg File
In his 11th year leading the Gauchos, head coach Tim Vom Steeg became the winningest coach in Big West history on Oct. 7 when UCSB defeated Cal Poly, 1-0 and then won his 150th game on Oct. 15 with UCSB's 3-0 victory over UC Davis. Vom Steeg has posted a 156-60-22 record at the helm of UCSB and a 135-43-21 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 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.

• Pulse On The Polls
UCSB has been ranked in all five national polls every week of the season and after being ranked in the top-five by every poll last week, the Gauchos have dropped in several due to Saturday's loss to UC Irvine. College Soccer News has UCSB in its highest position - No. 5 - just one spot down from last week. Soccer Times has dropped the Gauchos from fourth to 11th and there has been similar movement in the Soccer America poll (fourth to 12th). Top Drawer Soccer dropped the Gauchos the furthest, from No. 5 to No. 17. The NSCAA will not release a new poll until the end of the season; the Gauchos were ranked No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the Far West in last week's poll.

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