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UC Irvine Readies for Second Round Showdown at Stanford


UC Irvine will face off against Stanford in a rematch of their 2014 Sweet Sixteen contest.

Big West Men's Soccer Release No. 13 (NCAA Second Round)

UC Irvine's NCAA Tournament run continues Sunday with a second round men's soccer clash against ninth-seeded Stanford.


The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s.  All season long the Big West will celebrate the history of all 18 conference-sponsored sports.

• UC Santa Barbara is the only Big West program to reach the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup.  The Gauchos advanced to the championship game of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Indiana in a penalty kick shootout.  UCSB avenged that experience two seasons later, as in 2006, the unranked Gauchos went on a late season surge that took them back to the College Cup.  That team defeated Wake Forest in penalty kicks in the semifinals, then toppled UCLA in the final to claim the national championship.


Multiple NCAA Bid Tradition Continues 

The reveal of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship bracket included Big West representatives UC Irvine and UC Riverside.  Since 2002, the Big West has sent at least two teams to the postseason on 12 occasions.  A league record four teams participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

2002 CSUN, UC Santa Barbara
2003 CSUN, UC Santa Barbara
2004 CSUN, UC Santa Barbara
2005 CSUN, UC Santa Barbara
2007 UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara
2008 Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara
2009 UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara
2011 UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara
2013 CSUN, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara
2014 Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine
2015 Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara
2018 UC Irvine, UC Riverside

UC Irvine Survives And Advances
Making the program’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, UC Irvine moved onto the next round for the fourth time as Thursday’s 1-1 draw against first round opponent Grand Canyon came down to penalty kicks.  Faced with PK’s for the first time in an NCAA setting, the Anteaters didn’t blink and defeated the Lopes over seven rounds, 6-5.  UCI’s all-time NCAA record is now 4-5-1, including a 3-2-1 mark at Anteater Stadium.  The ‘Eaters won their previous initial postseason contests in 2008 (Cal Poly, second round), 2013 (North Carolina, second round) and 2014 (UNLV, first round).

The Last Time
UC Irvine’s second round NCAA opponent is ninth-seeded and three-time reigning national champion Stanford.  The Anteaters are no stranger to facing the Cardinal at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.  In 2014, the Anteaters pulled off a 1-0 upset in overtime over the No. 6 seed Cardinal with a 97th minute goal.  UCI went on to make its third Sweet 16 appearance before losing to Providence on the road.  The win over Stanford was UCI’s 16th that year, tying a program single-season record.

Regular Season Champs
UCI’s regular season Big West title was the fifth in program history, tied with CSUN and behind only UC Santa Barbara’s league-best 10 championships since 2001.  The Anteaters finished 5-1-1 in conference play.  Previous ‘Eater teams to claim the regular season crown were in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 (South Division).

Back To The Postseason
UC Irvine’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance – second via an at-large berth – comes on the heels of a double-digit win season under second-year head coach Yossi Raz.  The 11 wins the Anteaters collected represent the most for the program since a 16-win campaign in 2014.  UCI has been ranked in the top 25 by Top Drawer Soccer for five straight weeks, including a high of No. 13 on Oct. 23.  The ‘Eaters also have spent time in the United Soccer Coaches (Oct. 23, No. 21) and Soccer America (Oct. 23, No. 24) polls this season.

Overtime Overtures
UC Irvine has played a ton of extra soccer of late, going to double overtime in five of its last six contests.  The ‘Eaters have been involved in nine OT matches this season – second only to Cal State Fullerton (12) among Big West teams – and are 4-1-4 overall in extra time.  UCI leads all Big West schools with four golden goal victories this year – three of those coming via the foot of senior Ivan Canales.  The 2018 Big West Offensive Player of the Year has scored decisive goals in the second OT of games against Cal State Fullerton, James Madison and Cal Poly.  Alvaro Quezada booted a game-winning goal in the first overtime of a game against UCF earlier in the year.  Canales has the distinction of scoring the latest goal by a Big West player (1:09.58 vs. Cal Poly) and the second-fastest goal (0:52 vs. Cal State Fullerton) this season.


Several Coaches Hit Milestones
A number of Big West head coaches have achieved milestones during the 2018 season.

• UC Davis head coach Dwayne Shaffer, in his 22nd year at UC Davis, won his 100th game in the Big West on Sept. 2 against CSU Bakersfield.  He is now 108-92-42 all-time in 11 seasons of coaching at the Division I level.  He is just the seventh individual in history to win 100 games as a Big West coach.  Tim Vom Steeg (237, UC Santa Barbara), George Kuntz (191, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton), Terry Davila (180, CSUN), Jose Elgorriaga (126, Fresno State), Al Mistri (119, Cal State Fullerton) and Barry Barto (116, UNLV) are the others to accomplish the feat.

• Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger – in his 30th year at the helm of the program – earned his 200th career win on Oct. 3 against UC Santa Barbara.  He is 201-297-63 as a head coach, including 44-68-18 during six-plus years in the Big West.

• UC Santa Barbara head coach Tim Vom Steeg picked up his 250th career victory on Aug. 26 versus UC Riverside.  He owns an all-time record of 258-119-48, with 237 of those wins coming while in the Big West.

• CSUN’s Terry Davila surpassed his mentor for the school’s career wins record with a 1-0 triumph over Cal Poly on Oct. 13. The 20th-year head coach earned win No. 193, moving past Marwan Ass’ad, who compiled a 192-102-26 mark from 1983-98.  Davila is now 194-153-51 overall at the school.

Canales Joins Exclusive Club
UC Irvine senior Ivan Canales became the seventh player in Big West history to accumulate career totals of 20 goals and 20 assists.  He recorded his 20th career assist in a 3-2 win at Cal Poly on Oct. 21.  Canales is the Big West’s active career leader in goals (25), assists (20), points (70) and shots taken (145).  He is the conference co-leader in goals with 10 this season.  His current head coach, Yossi Raz, collected 22 goals and 28 assists at CSUN from 2001-04.

Canales Enters Big West Top 10 For Game-Winning Goals
UCI forward Ivan Canales leads the Big West with six game-winning goals this year, the clinching strike coming in wins against James Madison, Loyola Marymount, Brown, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly.  His goal against the Mustangs, coming with just two seconds remaining in overtime, was the ninth game-winner of his career.  That placed him in a tie for eighth all-time in the conference record book with Cal State Fullerton’s Hector Orellana (2001-03).

'Career 20 Goals, 20 Assist Club

Name, School Goals Assists Years
Gerrell Elliott, Fresno State 54 28 1988-91
Doug Borgel, UNLV 43 23 1987-90
Luis Silva, UC Santa Barbara 28 23 2008-11
Ivan Canales, UC Irvine 25 20 2015-18
Randy Prescott, Fresno State 23 23 1983-85
Yossi Raz, CSUN 22 28 2001-04
Rich Ryerson, UNLV 20 20 1983-86