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Men's Soccer

UC Santa Barbara Breaks Into Top 25

9/1/2015

2015 Men's Soccer Release No. 2

UC Santa Barbara made its top 25 debut in the NSCAA national rankings at No. 19 after shutting out fifth-ranked Stanford last week, while No. 13 UC Irvine and CSUN head off to the Cornhusker State to battle No. 3 Creighton this week.

TEAM NOTES

CAL POLY

Debut Victory: Cal Poly opened the Steve Sampson era in fine fashion with a 2-1 win at home against UNLV.  The Mustangs look to go 2-0 for the first time since 2007 when they take to the road against Gonzaga on Thursday.

Brace For It: Senior Matt LaGrassa’s two goals was the difference in the win over UNLV.  His career total increased to 15, tying him for No. 7 on the Cal Poly all-time list.  He needs two more goals to move into a tie for fourth.

Golden Start: Senior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton is set to make his 50th consecutive start between the pipes when Cal Poly takes the field against Gonzaga.  Hamilton is also closing in on 5,000 career minutes played.  He has currently logged 4,914 minutes, which ranks second-most among active Big West netminders.

Pack Your Bags: The Mustangs play four of their next five games away from the friendly confines of Spanos Stadium.  Cal Poly finished 3-3-2 on the road in 2014.

CAL STATE FULLERTON

Tough Start: Cal State Fullerton emerged 0-2 after last week’s jaunt to the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio.  The Titans fell to tournament host Ohio State and Wright State.  CSF hopes to find the win column in its home opener Friday against George Washington.

Two Named All-Tournament: Two Titans were selected to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team in freshman defender Carlos Troncoso and sophomore midfielder Nicolo D’Amato.

On The Board: Cal State Fullerton’s first goal of the year came via penalty kick when Robert Coronado converted in the 75th minute against Wright State.

New Faces In Tow: The Titans started three freshmen in their last contest against Wright State – Troncoso, forward Brandon West and midfielder Ronaldo Pineda.  Also seeing their first action as Titans in the starting lineup were juniors Ricardo Covarrubias and Oscar Torres.

CSUN

Comeback Time: CSUN recorded two second-half goals to complete a 2-1 comeback victory over Loyola-Chicago, improving the Matadors to 10-4-1 all-time in season openers as a Big West member.  The Matadors also captured a win in their home opener for the fourth time in five seasons.

Welcome Back: After missing the entire 2014 season due to injury, sophomore Steven Manios cashed in his first career goal against Loyola-Chicago, locking the scoreline at one apiece in the 55th minute.  Manios also assisted on the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute.

Bring It On: The Matadors travel to No. 3 Creighton on Friday in hopes of pulling off the road upset.  It is just the second all-time meeting between the two programs.  The Blue Jays won 1-0 in double overtime on Oct. 1, 2008.

Hobbs Moves Into Top Five: Senior Adam Hobbs picked up his 22nd career win as the CSUN goalkeeper, moving him into sole possession of fifth place in the record book.

SACRAMENTO STATE

Hornets Begin 0-2: Sacramento State finished the opening weekend 0-2 after losses to SMU and Tulsa.  The Hornets conclude their season-opening three-match roadtrip against San Jose State on Friday.  They open the home portion of the schedule Sunday against CSU Bakersfield.

Sandoval Strikes: The team’s top returning scorer, sophomore Cylus Sandoval notched Sacramento State’s first goal of the season in a 2-1 setback to Tulsa.  Sandoval corralled a rebound off of a shot and deposited his attempt from 10 yards out.  The forward had six points on two goals and two assists in 2014.

Half And Half: The Hornets feature 26 players on their roster in 2015, half of which are returning letterwinners and the other half comprised of newcomers.

Home Tidbit:  The program is seeking to win its home opener for the first time since 2012 when CSU Bakersfield visits on Sunday.  The Hornets have lost the last five meetings to the Roadrunners, having been outscored 19-0 during that span.

UC DAVIS

Roughed Up: The Aggies were stunned on their season-opening trip to the Pacific Northwest, falling by scores of 6-0 to Seattle and 3-0 to No. 10 Washington.  Four of the nine goals UC Davis gave up came via the penalty kick.

History On Their Side: The Aggies have avoided an 0-3 start since joining the Division I ranks, and look to keep things that way when CSU Bakersfield invades Aggie Soccer Stadium on Friday.  UC Davis was victorious against the Roadrunners last season by a 2-1 count in double overtime.  UC Davis posted a solid 4-2-5 mark at home last season and has not had a losing campaign at home since 2009.

Wiesenfarth Returns: After missing all but six games in the 2014 season, senior Matt Wiesenfarth returned to the starting lineup against Washington and played all 90 minutes, finishing with a team-high four shots.

Openers Unkind: The Aggies are just 2-6-1 in season openers since completing their first Division I campaign in 2007.  UC Davis has started out on the road six times in the last seven seasons.

UC IRVINE

Still Rolling: UC Irvine clinched its 11th consecutive season-opening victory with a 1-0 triumph against Loyola-Chicago Friday at Anteater Stadium.  It also marked the sixth straight season that the Anteaters opened with a shutout win.

Poll Chatter: The Anteaters find themselves ranked in all three major polls – No. 13 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire, No. 18 by Soccer America and No. 10 by Top Drawer Soccer.

What A Debut: Making his Anteater debut after utilizing a redshirt season in 2014, junior Edgardo Molina made the most of his opportunity as he accounted for the game-winning goal in UCI’s 1-0 victory over Loyola-Chicago.

Breslin Shifts In Record Book: Senior goalkeeper Michael Breslin recorded his 24th career shutout after making two saves versus the Ramblers.  He is now tied for eighth in the Big West record book, and needs one more clean sheet to slide into a tie for fifth.  Breslin also ranks fifth in Big West history with 6,245 goalie minutes played, and fourth with 37 victories.

UC RIVERSIDE

Roadies: UC Riverside enjoyed a 3-0 win in its season opener versus Concordia, then had the score flipped in a 3-0 loss at No. 18 San Diego.  The Highlanders travel cross country to battle Syracuse and Colgate as part of the Central New York Classic this weekend.

Khosravi On Record Trail: Senior goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi notched his 19th career victory in the shutout of Concordia, and moved closer to breaking the school’s record of 21 held by Charles Alamo (2003-07).

Something About Openers: Forward Michael Salazar seems to gravitate toward the season opener.  Last year, in his Highlander debut, he netted a hat trick in a season-opening triumph versus Pacific.  Fast forward to last Friday, and Salazar struck again for UC Riverside’s first goal of the season in the eventual 3-0 win over Concordia.

Looking Ahead: The Highlander home opener is on Thursday, September 10 against San Francisco, the lone respite UCR gets as seven of its first eight matches take place on the road.

UC SANTA BARBARA

Revenge: After losing 4-1 at Stanford last season, UC Santa Barbara returned the favor with an impressive 1-0 victory over the fifth-ranked Cardinal at Harder Stadium on Friday.  It marked UCSB’s first win over Stanford since 2004.

DePuy On Point: Forward Nick DePuy, the 2014 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, continued his goal onslaught with his 11th career goal in his last 18 appearances.  DePuy got loose for a header in the 42nd minute, which also represented his seventh career game-winning strike.

Vom Steeg Called Up: True freshman goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg has been selected to the US Under-20 National Team roster for the upcoming Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Serbia.  He is one of 23 players, and two keepers, on the team that will play Serbia and France this week.  Vom Steeg recorded four saves against Stanford for his first shutout in his collegiate debut Friday.

Strong Earns Honor: Freshman defender Sam Strong was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after his solid play in the win over Stanford.
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