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Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara Rivalry To Be Showcased On FOX Soccer Channel

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This Week in the Big West - October 15-21, 2012

10/16/2012

Men's Soccer Release No. 9

FOX Soccer Channel is nationally televising Friday's Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara men's soccer match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  Last year's game, which also appeared on FSC, drew 13,822 fans.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Big West league play has reached the midpoint with Sacramento State (4-0-1, 13 pts.) leading the North Division and Cal State Northridge (4-1-0, 12 pts.) topping the South Division.

• The North Division is shaping up to be a tightly contested race.  UC Davis (4-1-0, 12 pts) trails its traditional northern California rival Sacramento State by just one point in the standings.  They play the first of two meetings this Saturday at Hornet Field.  Meanwhile, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara are tied for third place with seven points.  The Gauchos look to take a chunk out of the Hornet lead when the two clubs meet Tuesday.

• Cal State Northridge has a commanding lead in the South Division.  The Matadors lead by nine points over UC Irvine and UC Riverside, which are tied for second place with 1-4-0 records.  CSUN travels to Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday with the Titans seeking their first conference win this season.

• The nation’s greatest men’s soccer rivalry is renewed this week when Cal Poly visits UC Santa Barbara in a matchup televised on Fox Soccer Channel.  This is the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams will be playing each other in front of the cameras.  Last year’s matchup at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium witnessed 13,822 fans come through the turnstiles.

• After entering the top 25 last week for the first time since 2009, Cal State Northridge is charging up the polls thanks to eight wins in the last nine matches.  The Matadors vaulted seven spots to No. 14 in Soccer America and joined the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll for the first time at No. 20.  The Matadors have reached 10 victories for the first time since 2009.

• UC Santa Barbara started the season 7-0-2, but has two losses and a tie among its next four results.  The Gauchos have been without the services of key performers Achille Campion, Machael David and Peter Schmetz for more than half the season, partly accounting for the recent downturn.  However, UCSB is still entrenched in the national rankings – at No. 13 in College Soccer News, No. 16 in NSCAA/Continental Tire and No. 23 in Soccer America.

• Cal Poly junior Mackenzie Pridham notched his eighth goal of the season against Sacramento State.  He is the first Mustang to reach eight goals in a season since David Zamora in 2008.

• 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 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.