Men's Soccer Looks To Make Final Non-Conference Push
Men's Soccer Release No. 5
The men's soccer squads take part in a flurry of non-conference games this week before turning their attention to the start of Big West play.
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UC Santa Barbara Breaks Through
UC Santa Barbara broke a six-game winless streak to start the season with an impressive triumph over No. 14/9 Pacific to become the latest Big West team to enter the win column.
The Gauchos had not gone winless in any six-game period during the Tim Vom Steeg era, and had not experienced such a drought since beginning the 1998 season 0-8. UCSB looks to build momentum heading into the upcoming conference schedule, hosting Portland Saturday.
UC Riverside Seeks Win Column
UC Riverside remains the only Big West team without a win. The Highlanders are off to an 0-6-0 start, although four of those losses have been by just one goal. UCR has lost a school Division I record 12 straight games dating back to last season. The Highlanders seek to dent the win column in their final non-conference tilt on Sunday at Loyola Marymount.
Ranked Wins Accumulate
UC Santa Barbara’s win over No. 14/9 Pacific was the fourth over a top-25 opponent this season. CSUN and UC Irvine both defeated No. 9 Denver earlier this season. The Matadors also own a win over then-No. 14 Utah Valley.
Let The Duels Begin
Eleven games are on tap this week, and eight of them are against the rival West Coast Conference. The two conferences have played 16 games against each other so far, and it’s as even as possibly can be at 7-7-2.
Sacramento State and UC Davis travel to Saint Mary’s, while UC Irvine and UC Riverside make visits to Loyola Marymount. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara both host Portland. CSUN also treks to San Diego and UC Irvine hosts San Francisco.
Del Curto On Cusp Of Milestone
Sacramento State senior goalkeeper James Del Curto is on the doorstep of a milestone. He has 197 career saves, three away from becoming just the fifth player in school history to accumulate 200. Del Curto has played all 647 minutes in goal this season, and has helped the Hornets win three straight games. He won his 20th career game on Sunday when the Hornets defeated Northern Illinois, 4-3.
Lending An “Assist”
UC Irvine is No. 8 nationally with 17 assists on 14 goals. The Anteaters have at least 10 more assists than every other Big West team with the exception of CSUN, which has 12. Eleven different Anteaters have recorded at least one assist, with Daniel Crisostomo’s four leading the team. UCI is also tied for the top spot in the Big West with 14 goals.
Usen Jr. Red Hot
CSUN senior Emmanuel Usen Jr. is tied for No. 13 in the country with a Big West leading five goals. He has scored at least one goal in three straight games, with a total of four in that span. The forward also owns a pair of assists to his stat line, giving him a conference-leading 12 points and putting him in a tie for No. 16 on the NCAA leaderboard.