UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara Earn NCAA Tournament National Seeds, First Round Byes
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2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket
Mens Soccer Release No. 13
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UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara will begin play in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship as national seeds after the announcement of the 48-team bracket on Monday afternoon.
Both squads received first round byes as a result of being placed among the 16 national seeds in the tournament field.
UCI landed the No. 8 national seed and an opportunity to host a second round match against Saint Mary’s on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Anteater Stadium. The Gaels upended the Roadrunners 1-0 on Thursday in first round action.
For the fifth time in program history, UCSB received a national seed, entering this year’s tournament as the No. 15 seed. The Gauchos previously were awarded with a national seed in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008. UCSB serves as host to Providence (10-7-1) on Sunday, Nov. 20 with kickoff in Meredith Field at Harder Stadium slated for 5:00 p.m. The Gauchos drew Providence after the Friars knocked off the Big Green 1-0 in a first round game on Thursday.
The road to the NCAA Championship for UC Irvine included a school record 16 wins along with Big West regular season and tournament championships for the third time in four seasons. The Anteaters defeated UC Riverside (2-0) and UC Santa Barbara (3-2 in 2OT) to claim the tournament title last weekend. UCI finished 6-3-1 for 19 points in the competitive Big West, which is ranked second nationally among conferences in the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
This is UCI's third NCAA Tournament appearance. The Anteaters are 1-2 all-time with their most recent result a 1-0 loss at home to Stanford in the 2009 second round. UCI defeated Cal Poly 3-0 in the 2008 second round before bowing out to St. John's in the Sweet 16. It is a familiar role for UCI – which has earned a national seed, hosting role and first round bye for the third straight time.
UCSB is making its 10th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Gauchos are one of 16 programs in NCAA Division I history to appear in 10 consecutive tournaments and one of six programs – along with Connecticut (1998-2011), Indiana (1987-2011), Maryland (2001-11), UCLA (1983-2011) and Virginia (1981-2011) – with an active streak of 10 or more straight seasons in the tournament field. The program owns an all-time record of 16-7-2 all-time in the NCAAs, including a 2006 national championship and the 2004 national runner-up.
The Gauchos enter the NCAA Tournament with a 14-6-1 overall record, marking the 11th straight season the program has rattled off double-digit wins. UCSB posted a second place finish in the Big West regular season with a 6-4-0 mark. The team topped UC Davis (2-1) in the Big West Tournament semifinals before falling in the championship to UCI.
Both clubs have spent the majority of the season nationally ranked in the top 15. The Big West is attempting to send two clubs to the Sweet 16 in the same season for the first time in conference history.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
KEEP AN EYE ON
Miguel Ibarra, UC Irvine
The 2011 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year has a knack for scoring the big goal in crucial games. Four of Ibarra’s eight goals this season have accounted for game-winners. His goal led to a 2-0 victory at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 1. A month later, the forward scored again in a 1-0 win at Cal Poly that clinched the Big West regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the Anteaters. Ibarra struck again in the championship game of the Big West Tournament as his goal in the 105th minute sealed a 3-2 overtime victory against the rival Gauchos once again.
NCAA Tourney Representation
The selection of UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara to the 2011 NCAA Tournament field represents the eighth time in the last 10 years that the Big West has merited two teams in the postseason. In 2006, the Big West received only one bid and that turned out to be national champion UC Santa Barbara. The league also received just one bid in 2010 and that went to UCSB as well. The Gauchos advanced to the second round of that tournament.
Postseason Streak On The Line
The Big West has won at least one NCAA Tournament game in each of the last nine seasons.
Silva’s Season For the Ages
UC Santa Barbara senior Luis Silva, the 2011 Big West Midfielder of the Year, leads the Big West in goals (16) and points (41), and ranks second in assists with nine. Silva posted a goal and an assist in the Big West Tournament championship game against UC Irvine to better his career totals to 27 goals and 22 assists for 76 points. The 76 points ties him for seventh all-time in Big West history with former Gaucho Chris John (1985-88) In addition, Silva is tied for eighth in Big West career history in assists, sharing the spot with former UCSB standout Danny Barrera (2008-10). In the Big West’s single-season record book, Silva’s 16 goals ties him for 10th while his 41 points ties him for seventh-best. The point total is the third-highest in the modern era (2001-11) of Big West men’s soccer, trailing only former Gauchos Rob Friend (44 - 2002) and Drew McAthy (43 - 2004).
BIG WEST SINGLE SEASON TOP 10 - POINTS
53 (20g, 13a) Gerrell Elliott, Fresno State 1991
51 (21g, 9a) Rob Ryerson, UNLV 1985
47 (20g, 7a) Rob Ryerson, UNLV 1984
45 (19g, 7a) Doug Borgel, UNLV 1989
44 (20g, 4a) Rob Friend, UC Santa Barbara 2002
43 (18g, 7a) Drew McAthy, UC Santa Barbara 2004
41 (16 g, 5a) Luis Silva, UC Santa Barbara 2011
41 (17g, 7a) Doug Borgel, UNLV 1990
Fontein Anchors UC Irvine Defense
Entering the week, UC Irvine ranked sixth in the nation with 44 goals scored and a reputation for an explosive offense. But the Anteaters have been pretty stingy on defense too. They rank second in the Big West in goals against average (0.96) and tied for second in fewest goals allowed (22). Senior goalkeeper Andrew Fontein protects the UCI net and leads the conference with nine shutouts this season. He also ranks among the Big West career leaders in goals against average (0.86 - t6th), shutouts (29 - 4th), goalie minutes played (6,781 - 3rd) and goalie wins (50 - 2nd).