Ranked Rivals Set To Do Battle Again
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This Week in the Big West - October 12-18, 2015
2015 Men's Soccer Release No. 8
No. 13 UC Santa Barbara travels to No. 24 Cal Poly in a battle of the top two teams in the North Division and renewal of the nation's most intense rivalry. Spanos Stadium has witnessed sellouts in the last four meetings in San Luis Obispo.
Streak Continues: Cal Poly extended its unbeaten streak to six straight games following a tie and a win last week. The Mustangs are 4-0-2 during that span. The last time Cal Poly had a seven-match unbeaten string was in 2007 – when it lasted 11 games.
Hamilton Reaches Milestone: Senior Wade Hamilton became the ninth goalkeeper in Big West history to compile 30 career victories after Saturday’s 2-1 win over UC Riverside. Hamilton also is closing in on another milestone – 6,000 career minutes played – as he needs to play the first 36 minutes of Wednesday’s game at UC Davis to achieve the feat.
Defense Rules The Day: Cal Poly has played six straight contests in which it has allowed just one goal or pitched a shutout, which has lowered the team’s league-best goals against average to 0.79 – No. 30 nationally.
Spanos Fever: The last four meetings between Cal Poly and rival UC Santa Barbara in San Luis Obispo have resulted in sellouts at 11,075-capacity Spanos Stadium.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Close Calls: Cal State Fullerton played in back-to-back double-overtime games last week, emerging with a scoreless draw against Cal Poly and a hard fought 2-1 defeat versus UC Santa Barbara. Those were the first two OT games the Titans competed in this season.
Spreading The Wealth: Senior Julian Okai scored his first goal of the season in the UCSB match, making him the 11th different Titan to record a goal.
Elias Nears Record: Junior goalkeeper David Elias, who has played every minute in net for the Titans, registered his conference-leading seventh shutout in a 0-0 tie at Cal Poly. That ties him for second all-time in a single-season at CSF, just two shy of the record held by Mike Ammann (9, 1993).
Out In Front: The Titans were the lone team from the South Division to emerge from interdivisional play with a winning record. CSF finished 2-1-1 for seven points, which leads CSUN by three heading into a showdown in Northridge.
Recovered: CSUN engineered a tie and a win last week for four points in the Big West standings, erasing an 0-2 start. The Matadors collected their third come-from-behind win in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Sacramento State with a pair of second-half goals.
Busybody: For the second straight game, senior goalkeeper Adam Hobbs tied his season high with 10 saves. Hobbs had 10 against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 3 and followed up with another solid effort versus UC Davis last Thursday. He leads the Big West with 56 saves.
Turcios With The Brace: Senior David Turcios recorded his first career brace, a pair of second half goals, to lead CSUN past Sacramento State, 2-1, on Saturday. He is the second Matador this season to post multiple goals after Carlos Gonzalez had a hat trick Sept. 18 versus Saint Mary’s.
Davila Watch: CSUN head coach Terry Davila goes for his 150th career win as a member of the Big West when Cal State Fullerton visits Matador Soccer Field on Wednesday.
Streak Stopped: Sacramento State had lost eight straight games when yielding two or more goals – dating back to last season – but put an end to that trend with Thursday’s 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win agaisnt UC Irvine. The Hornets posted a season-high in goals in the effort.
The Great Wall Of Del Curto: Sophomore James Del Curto faced a barrage of shots from a determined Anteater offense and responded with a career-high 14 saves, a total which ranks No. 1 nationally this season. The 14 stops are the most by a Big West goalkeeper since 2003 and tie UC Riverside’s Luc Harrington for No. 3 on the all-time single-game list.
Bumgarner Extends Team Lead: Redshirt freshman Brad Bumgarner scored his team-best fourth goal of the year in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to CSUN. His marker came at the 1:18 mark, which is the second-quickest goal by a Hornet this year.
Tighten Up: The Hornets have yielded nine goals over their last four games.
Balanced Attack: UC Davis is 5-1-1 over its last seven games, and a key reason is the team has found multiple goal sources. Nine players have accounted for the team’s last 16 goals during this current run.
Mohageg Mountain: Senior Lucas Mohageg scored his team-leading sixth goal – and second game-winner – in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over UC Irvine. Mohageg’s 15 points this season are the most by an Aggie since Quincy Amarikwa had 31 in 2008. In addition, Mohageg’s six goals are the most by an Aggie since 2013, and rank tied for third on the school’s single-season Division I list.
What A Recovery: Having managed just one goal through the first three games, the Aggies have since gone on a scoring tear with 21 scores over the next 10. With 22 goals this season, that is the highest total by a UC Davis squad since 2012 (23). UC Davis is No. 2 in the league in goals.
Quezada’s Day: Junior Armando Quezada set a career high in saves with seven against UCI and tied the school’s Division I single-match record accomplished nine other times.
Hard Knocks: UC Irvine lost a pair of tough luck road contests in overtime last week, falling 3-2 to Sacramento State and 2-1 against UC Davis. The Anteaters held the advantage in shots on goal by a 24-14 margin over the two northern California foes, but could not dent the win column. UCI has won one of its last 11 games since taking the season opener Aug. 28 versus Loyola-Chicago.
Overtime Conundrum: The Anteaters failed to lose a game in overtime in 2014, going 4-0-3 in such contests. This year, UCI can’t buy a win in extra time. The team is 0-4-3 when a game goes to extra periods.
Breslin Nears Milestone: With 286 career saves, senior netminder Michael Breslin is 14 shy of becoming the fifth player in Big West history to reach 300. Breslin’s next win will put him in sole possession of third place. He is currently tied for third at 38 wins with CSUN’s Kevin Guppy (2005-08).
Phillips In Flow: Senior forward Jaime Phillips has a six-game streak with at least one point, tallying three goals and five assists over that stretch.
Highlanders Fall: UC Riverside dropped to 0-7 this season when allowing the opponent to score two or more goals, which happened against No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (2-0) and Cal Poly (2-1). The Highlanders look to avoid their second, three-game losing streak of the year when they visit UC Irvine on Wednesday.
Unfazed: Despite a 1-3-0 start in Big West play, the Highlanders are far from being out of contention to win the South Division. After all, the 2014 UCR squad was 1-3-1 halfway through the conference slate, then went 3-0-2 in the second half to clinch its first division championship.
Salazar Scores: Senior Michael Salazar recorded his sixth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Cal Poly. It represented the eighth time in 13 games he has registered at least one point, and UCR is 5-2-1 in those contests.
Home Field Advantage: UCR returns home on Saturday against CSUN. The Highlanders are 3-1 on their home field this year, and have outscored opponents 9-1 in those three victories.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Double-Digit Hunt: UC Santa Barbara needs to defeat Sacramento State on Wednesday to notch its 15th straight double-digit win season. The Gauchos have won five consecutive and seven of their last eight games.
Goal Frenzy: During its five-game win streak, UCSB has scored at least two goals in each match. The Gauchos have outscored their opponents 13-3 during that span. They have potted multiple goals nine times in 13 outings this season.
DePuy Is Golden: Junior Nick DePuy, who leads the country with seven game-winning goals in 2015, has 13 clinchers in his career. That total already ties him for third in Big West career annals alongside CSUN’s Willie Sims (2003-05).
In Comparison: UCSB’s conference-leading 27 goals are just three short of the squad’s entire 2014 total (30). The Gauchos are tied for No. 6 nationally in goals scored.
Deficits Don’t Matter: UCSB has come back to win three times after allowing the game’s opening goal – UCLA (Sept. 21), UC Irvine (Oct. 1) and Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 10).