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Central Coast Rivalry Highlights Men's Soccer Schedule

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Mens Soccer Release No. 8

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This Week in the Big West - October 10-16, 2011


The UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly rivalry, which has attracted seven of the top 21 NCAA men's soccer crowds of all-time, is the featured conference match this week.



Matt Wiesenfarth, UC Davis
Wiesenfarth has been productive on the UC Davis frontline since entering the starting lineup on Sept. 23 against Sacramento State.  The freshman has scored a goal in three straight and four of the last five games after going scoreless the first seven contests in a reserve role.  Goals against UC Riverside and Cal Poly accounted for game-winners.  Wiesenfarth also makes most of his attempts count, as 10 of the 19 shots he has taken have been on frame.


UC Santa Barbara Cast In Favorite’s Role In 2011
The seven Big West men’s soccer coaches tabbed UC Santa Barbara to capture the 2011 regular season crown.  The Gauchos nabbed six of the seven first-place votes while Cal Poly received the remaining first-place nod.  UCSB, which has claimed three of the last five Big West regular season championships, collected 48 points overall.  The Mustangs were picked to finish second with 40 points.  Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine earned 32 and 30 points for third and fourth place, respectively.  Rounding out the poll was Cal State Northridge (20 points), UC Davis (14) and UC Riverside (12).  UC Santa Barbara returns six starters and 14 letterwinners from the 2010 team that finished 14-5-3 overall, won the Big West Tournament and made the program’s ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

UC Irvine Takes Over First Place
UC Irvine recorded victories against Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge last week to inherit first place in the Big West standings.  The Anteaters knocked off the previous league-leading Matadors to improve to 3-1-0 with nine points in conference play.  UCI also knocked off Orange County rival Cal State Fullerton by a 2-1 score earlier in the week.  Three teams – Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and UC Davis – are tied for second with six points apiece.  UC Santa Barbara got into the win column after an 0-2 league start, defeating UC Davis on the road.  UC Riverside also has three points, while the only winless team in conference is Cal State Fullerton.

Non-Conference Turnaround
All seven Big West men’s soccer programs have either equalled or exceeded their non-conference win totals (not counting postseason play) from a year ago.  Cal State Fullerton has enjoyed the biggest improvement, making a +4 jump in the win column.  UC Santa Barbara, thanks to a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against defending national champion Akron, is three wins better than last year.  The turnaround is particularly noticeable as far as the Big West’s overall non-conference record, a sparkling 34-16-9 which includes wins over teams from the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Pac-12 and West Coast conferences.  UCI ranks ninth in the nation in winning percentage (.846), while six of the seven Big West teams sport .500 or better records.

School                             2010     2011     Gms Left
Cal Poly                            3-3-1    3-3-2     0
Cal State Fullerton           2-5-2     6-1-2     0
Cal State Northridge        1-7-1     3-4-1     1
UC Davis                          2-6-0     2-4-2     0
UC Irvine                         7-1-1      8-1-0     1
UC Riverside                   3-4-1      5-2-1     0
UC Santa Barbara           4-2-2      7-1-1     0

Central Coast Rivalry Highlights The Schedule
A renewal of one of the most heated rivalries in all of college soccer is on the horizon this week as UC Santa Barbara travels up the 101 freeway to battle Cal Poly.  However, the two squads first must handle another set of opponents on Tuesday before turning their attention to the rivalry.  The Mustangs host Cal State Northridge and the Gauchos entertain UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.  The Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara rivalry has drawn seven of the top 21 regular season crowds in NCAA history with all of those matches taking place within the last four-plus seasons.

UC Irvine Heads To Midwest For Top 10 Matchup
UC Irvine, ranked as high as No. 6 nationally by College Soccer News, gets a huge opportunity to build on its overall résumé with a delectable road matchup at Creighton on Saturday.  The Blue Jays are ranked a consensus No. 4 in all four major soccer polls.  They have not allowed a goal at home en route to a 5-0-0 record and boast a 10-1-0 overall mark this season.  UCI is making its third trip to the midwest this year with previous stops at Nebraska-Omaha, Wisconsin and Illinois-Chicago all resulting in wins.  The Anteaters are 5-1-0 overall in road games.  UCI is also ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, and No. 8 in the Soccer America and Soccer Times rankings.

Silva, Turner Earn National Honors
UC Santa Barbara senior midfielder Luis Silva, the Big West Offensive Player of the Week, received two additional national honors for his performances against Akron and UC Davis.  Silva was named to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News Teams of the Week after scoring a pair of goals against the defending national champion Zips in a 3-2 comeback victory in overtime, as well as an assist against UC Davis.  Meanwhile, Turner also earned a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week for his defensive prowess in wins against Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge in which the UC Irvine defense allowed only one goal combined in the two matches.

Cal Poly Discovers Offense

Cal Poly took out its offensive frustrations on UC Riverside on Sunday in a 5-0 shutout.  Previous to that game, the Mustangs had scored just seven goals in 10 games.  But the five goal outburst was Cal Poly’s highest total at Spanos Stadium in 44 matches and marked the highest margin of victory at the venue.  It was the largest number of goals scored by a Cal Poly squad since tallying eight against Division II Cal State Monterey Bay on Sept. 1, 2000.

Titans Looking To Stop Skid
Cal State Fullerton has hit a bit of a lull after rising to No. 19 in the national rankings on Sept. 26.  Since then, the Titans are 0-2-1 with just one goal scored in the three matches.  In fact, CSF has won just once in its previous five outings after starting the season 5-0-1.

UC Riverside Looks Toward Wins Record
UC Riverside is on the cusp of perhaps tying or exceeding the program record for wins at the Division I level.  The Highlanders set the benchmark of seven wins in 2003 and 2004.   With a current mark of 6-4-1, UCR hosts UC Irvine and travels to Cal State Fullerton with the opportunity to rewrite the record book.   UCR looks to topple its second ranked foe in No. 7 UC Irvine on Wednesday.