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UC Santa Barbara Travels To Creighton For NCAA Sweet 16 Matchup

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Mens Soccer Release No. 14
2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket - Updated

11/23/2011

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No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara journeys to No. 2 seed Creighton for a round of 16 clash in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.

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Dom Sarle, UC Santa Barbara
On a team loaded with offensive weapons, Sarle has blended in well after transferring to UC Santa Barbara from St. John’s.  He is the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 17 points on four goals and nine assists.  The nine helpers rank second among all Gaucho players and third in the Big West.  While much of his contributions have stemmed from setting up teammates for goals, it was Sarle who ultimately propelled the Gauchos into the NCAA Tournament Third Round.  His goal in the 72nd minute against Providence gave UCSB a 3-1 lead in an eventual 3-2 victory in second round action last week.  It was Sarle’s second game-winning tally of the year.

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Sweet Sixteen Bound
A familiar face is back in the NCAA Tournament Third Round as UC Santa Barbara prepares for a road showdown against No. 2 national seed and second-ranked Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11:00 a.m. (PST).  The Gauchos reached the Sweet 16 on the strength of their potent offense, toppling Providence 3-2 in NCAA Second Round action last Sunday.  This is the sixth time UCSB has advanced into the round of 16, owning a 2-3 record.  The Gauchos were victorious against UNC Greensboro in 2004 and Old Dominion in 2006, eventually reaching the College Cup both season.  They suffered losses to St. John’s (2003), Ohio State (2007) and UCLA (2009) in the other contests.

Longevity
UC Santa Barbara is competing in its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament, one of only 16 programs to have put together that long of a postseason streak.  The Gauchos belong to a select group – Connecticut (14), Indiana (25), Maryland (11), UCLA (28) and Virginia (30) are the others – that own current streaks of 10 or more consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  The Gauchos are 17-7-2 all-time in the postseason, including winning the national championship in 2006 and finishing as the national runner-up in 2004.

Gauchos Continue Big West Postseason Success
UC Santa Barbara’s triumph against Providence furthered an achievement that the Big West Conference can trumpet with pride.  It marked the 10th straight season that the league recorded at least one win in the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Achieving Their Goals
Scoring goals has not been an issue for UC Santa Barbara this season.  The Gauchos rank third in the nation with 50 goals scored and fifth in total offense with 2.27 goals per game.  They have scored multiple goals in 17 of 22 games and have failed to dent the scoreboard just twice this season.
   
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 (17) and points (44), and is tied for the conference lead in assists (10).   Silva posted a goal and an assist in the NCAA Tournament Second Round against Providence to better his career totals to 28 goals and 23 assists for 79 points.  Silva’s remarkable career has inserted him into the record book in several Big West single season and career categories.

• His 79 career points ranks seventh all-time in Big West history.

• Silva’s 28 career goals ties him for ninth with former Gaucho player and assistant coach Neil Jones (2001-04).

• The 23 assists ties him for seventh in the career record book with Fresno State’s Randy Prescott (1983-85).

• Silva joins UC Santa Barbara’s Drew McAthy (2004) and UNLV’s Doug Borgel (1990) for eighth place in single-season annals with 17 goals.

• His 44 points ties Rob Friend (2002) for the UCSB single-season record and for fifth in Big West history.

• He is tied for No. 10 for most shots in a season with 77.
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 (17 g, 10a) Luis Silva, UC Santa Barbara 2011
44 (20g, 4a) Rob Friend, UC Santa Barbara 2002

Not To Harp On Offense, But...
Simply put, the 2011 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have made their imprint as one of the most potent Big West offensive teams of all time.  They have netted three or more goals on nine occasions en route to a league-high 50 on the season.  The 50 goals is tied for sixth in Big West history for a single season, alongside the 2003 UCSB squad.  Two other UCSB squads actually trump this year’s edition – the 2002 side scored 74 goals and the 2004 team had 62.  The 74 goals still stands as the Big West single season record.

Fix That Bugaboo
As prolific as the UCSB offense has been in 2011, its defense has proved to be equally suspect.  The Gauchos have allowed two or more goals in 11 games, and still have managed to post a 15-6-1 record.  Their 1.36 goals against average ranks sixth in the seven-team Big West.  Of the 31 goals they have yielded, 23 have come in the second half.  In fact, 22 of those goals have come after the 60th minute, including 14 goals after the 70th minute and eight scored after the 80th.

Changing The Subject Back To Offense
The source of UC Santa Barbara’s goals is pretty much well known.  In fact, five players have accounted for 41 of the team’s 50 scores.  Luis Silva (17), Sam Garza (8), David Opoku (8), Dom Sarle (4) and Josue Madueno (4) have primarily sparked the UCSB offense.

Another Sweet 16 Fact
All five previous games that UCSB has played in the round of 16 have occurred on the road.  Make it six.