UC Santa Barbara Remains In Top 10
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This Week in the Big West - September 10-16, 2012
Men's Soccer Release No. 4
UC Santa Barbara, looking to remain unbeaten this week with road tests against San Diego and Seattle, is ranked as high as No. 6 in the national polls. UC Riverside enters the top 25 for the first time in school history with placement in the NSCAA/Continental Tire and College Soccer News polls.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
•The Big West is 19-15-6 against non-conference schools through the first three weeks of the season. Conference teams have experienced their greatest success against the West Coast Conference (5-3-2), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (5-3-3) and Horizon League (4-0-0).
• UC Riverside is the newest Big West family member to join the national rankings. The Highlanders, off to a 5-0 start for the first time in the program’s 12-year Division I history, entered the NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings at No. 25 and the College Soccer News poll at No. 30. UCR is the Big West’s lone remaining undefeated team.
• The longest unbeaten streak in Highlander history is six – set in 2011 when that squad posted a 5-0-1 record from Sept. 11-28, culminating the stretch with a 3-1 win over No. 7 UC Santa Barbara in front of a school record 2,016 fans.
• UC Santa Barbara is unbeaten at 3-0-1 after posting a 2-1 comeback win against Valparaiso in the Gaucho home opener Friday. The Gauchos have scored multiple goals in all four matches and have outscored their opponents by a combined 9-4 margin. UCSB travels to San Diego and Seattle this week. UCSB moved up to No. 6 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire and No. 8 in the College Soccer News rankings, respectively.
• Tournaments swarm the schedule this week with four Big West schools involved in them. UC Riverside hosts the Courtyard by Marriott Soccer Invitational with San Diego State, North Florida and Nebraska-Omaha as the other participating teams. The rest are on the road. Cal State Fullerton competes in the UNLV Nike Invitational against Canisius and Syracuse. UC Davis and UC Irvine make treks to the southwest. The Aggies play in the SMU Classic against Tulsa and the host Mustangs, while the Anteaters take on Missouri State and No. 6 New Mexico in the TLC Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Lobo Invitational.
• Cal State Northridge sophomore transfer Sagi Lev-Ari leads the Big West in goals (4) and points (8). He has accounted for half of the Matador offense through four games.
• For the fifth year, institutions will air select matches on BigWest.TV, including all Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara contests. For the 2012 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. Head to BigWest.org/ThisWeek for weekly event schedules.
BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s ten member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Conference Championships.