October 22, 2010

UCSB Faces Long Beach State and USC in MPSF Play

Oct. 22, 2010

• The Schedule
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 12 pm

No. 8 Long Beach State (7-7, 0-1) vs. No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (9-5, 0-1)

 at Campus Pool

Sunday, October 24, 2010, 12 pm
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (9-5, 0-1) at No. 2 USC (15-2, 1-2)
at McDonald's Swim Stadium

• Last Week Versus Stanford
The Gauchos' last game was against fourth-ranked Stanford at Campus Pool on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Gauchos were defeated, 8-6. UCSB took the early 1-0 lead, but held the lead for less than 30 seconds. The Gauchos were outscored 4-2 in the first quarter and held scoreless in the second. UCSB did score three goals in the third, and held Stanford to two, but it wasn't enough.

• MPSF Update 

While last weekend marked the Gauchos' first conference game, many of the other teams have already played two or even three MPSF games. Sitting atop the conference leaderboard with two wins each are Cal (12-2, 2-0) and UC Irvine (13-3, 2-0). Cal posted an impressive win over top-ranked USC, 12-9, in a battle of the top-two teams in the nation. USC has now fallen to No. 4 Stanford and No. 2 Cal in two of their three MPSF games. UC Irvine posted conference wins over Pepperdine (8-10, 0-3) and Long Beach State (7-7, 0-1).

• Taking On The 49ers
This is the first time this season that Long Beach State and UCSB will play. Last weekend, Long Beach State dropped a conference game to UC Irvine, 9-7. Both teams will be looking for a win to climb back into conference contention.

• Last Time Against The Trojans
The last time the Gauchos faced the Trojans was on Oct. 3 at the SoCal Tournament. UCSB was outscored 4-1 in the first quarter but then held USC scoreless in both the second and third periods to take a 5-4 lead into the fourth quarter. USC tied the game at six-all and then, with 52 seconds left, the Trojans' Jeremy Davie scored to give USC the 7-6 win.

• Getting Defensive 

UCSB once again showed why their defense is continually a force to be reckoned with last weekend against Stanford. While UCSB did allow three converted penalty shots, the Gauchos held Stanford to just two goals during its seven man-up situations.

• A Closer Look at Long Beach State
The 49ers most impressive win of the season came against No. 9 Pepperdine, 11-10, in triple, sudden death overtime. Long Beach State also had an impressive showing in the NorCal Tournament, winning three out of their four games and finishing in ninth place. The 49ers' leading scorer is Nick Rascon, a freshman from Laguna Hills, Calif. He has scored 27 goals and has had seven multiple goal games. Goalkeeper Matt Kubeck is also having a strong season, averaging 6.79 saves per game.

• Golic Knows Goals
Three-time All-American Milos Golic has scored a goal in all but three games this season, one of which he did not play. In the 11 games that he has scored in, he has only once not scored two or more goals. Earlier this season against Concordia, Golic broke a 27 year-old school record for career goals, surpassing previous record-holder, Larry Mouchawar, who had 244. Golic now sits at 247 career goals. The native of Belgrade, Serbia has 35 goals on the season, which ranks as the third most in the MPSF and he is posting an average of 2.62 goals per contest, which ranks second in the league. Golic is also within reach of another feat: becoming just the fourth athlete in school history to become a four-time All-American.

• Some Well Deserved Recognition

 It seems like each week there is someone new stepping it up for the Gauchos. In last weekend's loss to Stanford, Dylan Baliani led the team for scoring for the first time this season. The sophomore from Murrieta, Calif. has 11 goals on the season and the two goals he scored on Sunday marked his fourth two-goal outing this year. His multiple-goal games have come against No. 4 Stanford two separate times, No. 5 UC Irvine, and No. 1 USC.

• Coming Soon
Following this weekend's set of games, UCSB will have one weekend off to recover, then they will travel up to Berkeley to play No. 1 Cal (12-2, 2-0) on Saturday, Nov. 6 at noon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

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