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Men's Soccer

UC Santa Barbara Readies For Home Showdown With UCLA

9/16/2014

Men's Soccer Weekly Release No. 4

The highlight of the week in men's soccer is UC Santa Barbara hosting No. 2 UCLA in the NSCAA Game of the Week on NSCAATV.com.  The Gauchos once drew nearly 16,000 fans to a Gaucho-Bruin match in 2010.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

CAL POLY

Streak Reaches Five: Cal Poly is now unbeaten in its last five matches after battling top-ranked UCLA to a scoreless draw on Sunday.  The last time Cal Poly enjoyed a six-match unbeaten run was 2008, when the team went 4-0-2 from Sept. 14-Oct. 1.

Clamping Down: Since allowing four goals to Davidson in the season opener on Aug. 29, the Mustangs have permitted just two scores over their last five games.  During that span, they have outscored their opponents 10-2.  They also haven’t allowed a single goal in any of the last three contests.

Got Their Number: Cal Poly has fared extremely well against UCLA in recent years.  Beginning with a victory over the Bruins in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the two teams have met five times with Cal Poly owning a 2-1-2 record.

Dynamic Trio:  The trio of Chase Minter, Matt LaGrassa and Justin Dhillon have combined for 46 of Cal Poly’s 83 shots through six games.

CAL STATE FULLERTON

Streak Reaches Five: Cal Poly is now unbeaten in its last five matches after battling top-ranked UCLA to a scoreless draw on Sunday.  The last time Cal Poly enjoyed a six-match unbeaten run was 2008, when the team went 4-0-2 from Sept. 14-Oct. 1.

Clamping Down: Since allowing four goals to Davidson in the season opener on Aug. 29, the Mustangs have permitted just two scores over their last five games.  During that span, they have outscored their opponents 10-2.  They also haven’t allowed a single goal in any of the last three contests.

Got Their Number: Cal Poly has fared extremely well against UCLA in recent years.  Beginning with a victory over the Bruins in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the two teams have met five times with Cal Poly owning a 2-1-2 record.

Dynamic Trio:  The trio of Chase Minter, Matt LaGrassa and Justin Dhillon have combined for 46 of Cal Poly’s 83 shots through six games.

CSUN

OT Win Again: CSUN won an overtime match for the second time in three outings, knocking off visiting Bradley, 1-0 on Sunday.  It was also CSUN’s fifth match decided by one goal.

Mr. Clutch: Senior Sagi Lev-Ari scored his conference-leading fifth goal of the year – not even a minute into the second extra period against Bradley – which registered his third game-winning goal. The goal not only gave Lev-Ari sole possession of fourth place on the Big West’s all-time goals list (36), it also represented his 15th career game-winner.

Up The Shots Chart: Although senior Edwin Rivas, who has 17 career goals, has yet to dent the back of the net this season, he fired off a season-high six shots against Bradley.  That effort gave him 188 shots for his career, placing him ninth in Big West history.

Bombardment:  CSUN really kicked its offense into high gear last weekend, unloading a season-high 27 shots on Bradley and tying No. 8 New Mexico (12-12) in the category.

SACRAMENTO STATE

Winner, Winner:
Sacramento State notched is first two victories of the season by toppling San Jose State (2-1) and Cleveland State (2-0) last weekend.  The Hornets continue a seven-match homestand against Grand Canyon and Air Force this week.

Home Field Reclaimed: After not winning a game at home in 2013 (0-5-3), Sacramento State picked up two at Hornet Field last weekend.  The Hornets also recorded their second and third multi-goal games of the young season.  Last year, they managed two or more goals in just one contest.

Goals And More Goals: Offensive improvement was a point of emphasis for Michael Linenberger’s squad, and so far the results have revealed just that.  The Hornets have scored seven goals in five matches, which isn’t that far off from the 11 in 18 contests last year.

Something Is Bru-Ing: Sophomore Philip Bru recorded his first career shutout as a Hornet goalkeeper, making two saves in the 2-0 win over Cleveland State.  Bru owns a 1.66 goals against average in four appearances.

UC DAVIS

Extra, Extra: Playing overtime for the fourth time in five matches overall, UC Davis pulled out a 2-1 victory at Bakersfield on Saturday.  The Aggies remained unbeaten through five games at 2-0-3 heading into a pair of home encounters against Air Force and Grand Canyon this week.

More OT Good Vibes: The Aggies snapped a four-match winless streak (0-1-3) in overtime with Saturday’s win, posting a victory for the first time since a 2-1 overtime triumph at UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 28, 2012.

Dashing Their Hopes: UC Davis sent the Bakersfield crowd of 1,164 home dissatisfied when sophomore Dashiell MacNamara punched home his first goal of the year with a mere 17 seconds left in double overtime.  MacNamara was the fifth different Aggie to score this season.

Schultz Impressive:  Junior Kris Schultz, a starter in goal for UC Davis in all five matches, has logged a 0.68 goals against average to rank second in the Big West.  He notched a season-high six saves in the win over Bakersfield.

UC IRVINE

Rising Up The Ranks: UC Irvine moved up three slots to No. 6 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll this week.  The Anteaters remained unbeaten on the year at 4-0-1 after defeating West Virginia and battling then-No. 6 Georgetown to a 1-1 deadlock last weekend.

Raiding The Ranks Of The Ranked:
UC Irvine’s tie against No. 6 Georgetown represented the ninth straight occurrence in a regular season match that the Anteaters have not lost to a ranked opponent.  They are 7-0-2 in such contests dating back to the end of the 2012 season.

Calzada Strong: Junior Eduardo Calzada, a transfer from Bakersfield, leads UCI and ranks second in the Big West with four goals.  The midfielder notched his first multi-goal game as an Anteater with a pair of strikes in a 3-2 victory at West Virginia.

Looking Ahead: The Anteaters look to stay unbeaten this week with a couple tough tests, facing Loyola Marymount on the road and San Diego at home.

UC RIVERSIDE

Tough Setbacks: UC Riverside’s losing streak reached four straight after falling at home to Bakersfield (3-1) and Santa Clara (1-0) last week.  After scoring five goals in a season-opening win versus Pacific, the Highlanders have managed just two over thir next four contests.

Stats Tell More Of The Story: It might go down as a 1-0 loss to Santa Clara, but the Highlanders probably deserved better.  After all, they outshot the visiting Broncos 14 to seven, including eight to three in shots on goal.  UCR was nipped thanks to a Bronco goal just 51 seconds into the match.

Mendoza Gets Second Goal: Senior Juan Mendoza joined teammate Michael Salazar as the only two Highlanders to have scored multiple goals this season.  Mendoza tallied his second of the year as he scored just 5:10 into the match against Bakersfield.

Khosravi Steps Up In Saves:
  Junior goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi ranks third in the Big West with 20 saves.  He tied his season high with seven saves in the Bakersfield match.

UC SANTA BARBARA


Big Match Ahead: The Gaucho faithful should be out in full force for Saturday’s showdown against No. 2 UCLA.  The game will be aired live on NSCAATV.com.  The previous two times UCSB has hosted UCLA, in excess of 7,500 fans have attended including a crowd of 15,896 on Sept. 24, 2010.

Turning The Tide: After losing a tough 4-1 decision at No. 15 Stanford last Tuesday, UC Santa Barbara rebounded with a resounding victory over Colgate three days later.  Four different Gauchos scored, including the first career goals for Axel Mendez and Denis Kalamar.  UCSB stifled the Colgate offense, allowing a season opponent low four shots.

Equality: Eight Gauchos have netted exactly one goal so far this season.

More On That Outburst:
  The four goal outburst by the Gaucho offense equalled the team’s offensive output from the previous four contests.  It was the program’s highest goal output since the 2012 season.

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