Nation's Greatest Rivalry Set For Broadcast On Prime Ticket
2015 Men's Soccer Release No. 9
A sellout crowd witnessed Cal Poly defeat UC Santa Barbara in double overtime in San Luis Obispo last week, and another huge crowd is expected at Harder Stadium Saturday when the two rivals duel under the bright lights of Prime Ticket.
Extra Effort: Cal Poly has gone into overtime in four of the last five games. The Mustangs took a 3-2, double overtime win over Central Coast rival and then-No. 13 ranked UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. It was the first time Cal Poly had scored three goals versus the Gauchos since Nov. 7, 2000.
Hamilton Hits Another Milestone: Senior Wade Hamilton, who earned his 30th career victory recently, reached another milestone as he became the ninth goalkeeper in Big West history to surpass 6,000 minutes played. He got there during the UC Davis match, and enters this week at 6,162.
Wakasa The Hero: After no goals in his first 58 collegiate games, senior defender Kody Wakasa picked a great time for his first one as his 104th-minute header gave Cal Poly the victory against UCSB.
Defender Impact: Four of the five goals that Cal Poly scored last week were scored by defenders. Ruben Duran, Kip Colvey and Wakasa were the three scorers against UCSB.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Nine For Nine: Cal State Fullerton posted its conference-leading eighth and ninth shutouts of the season in victories over CSUN (1-0) and UC Irvine (3-0). The Titans tied last year’s team for most shutouts in a season during the modern Big West era (2001-15).
Freshman Fervor: The three goal scorers for the Titans in Saturday’s victory over UCI were all freshmen – Brandon West, Ronaldo Pineda and Ross McPhie. The trio has combined to score eight of CSF’s 22 goals this season.
Elias Ties Record: Junior goalkeeper David Elias tied Mike Ammann’s (1993) single-season record for shutouts at nine with last week’s performances against CSUN and UCI. His next shutout will tie him for No. 9 all-time in a Big West single-season.
Double-Digit Seekers: At 9-5-1, the Titans need one more win to wrap up their second straight 10-win season, which the program has not achieved since 1999-2000.
Sweating It Out: Six of CSUN’s last seven games have been decided by one goal. For the season, nine of the team’s 14 contests have been determined by a one-goal margin. The Matadors are 4-5 in one-goal games.
Hobbs On Cusp Of Joining Rare Company: Senior goalkeeper Adam Hobbs enters this week’s action with 195 career saves, just five away from becoming the fourth player in school history to achieve 200. Hobbs is second in the Big West with 61 saves this season.
Road Warriors: CSUN has developed an affinity for playing on the road. The Matadors are 5-0-1 in their last six games away from Matador Soccer Field. The five road wins lead the Big West. In comparison, CSUN is 1-3-1 at home. CSUN plays at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday.
Davila Reaches Milestone: CSUN’s Terry Davila recorded his 150th victory as a head coach in the Big West with Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at UC Riverside.
Hornets Heating Up: Sacramento State has picked up seven points in the Big West standings over the last two weeks. The Hornets exploded for five goals in a 5-2 win over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and battled UC Davis to a 1-1 draw to stay within range of Big West Tournament berth with four games to play.
A Game To Remember: The five goals the Hornets scored against UCSB were the most for the program since blanking William Jessup, 11-0, on Sept. 9, 2011.
Stopping The Slide: Sacramento State’s victory over UCSB snapped an 11-game winless streak against them and was the first for the program since 1997. The five goals were also the most the team has scored against a Division I opponent since 2010, a 6-3 win over Air Force.
Bumgarner Continues Roll: Redshirt freshman Brad Bumgarner notched his team-best fifth goal in the UCSB win.
Offensive Comparison: Sacramento State has scored 21 goals this season, already eclipsing last year’s total of 18 and obliterating the 2013 showing of 11.
Keeping It Going: UC Davis is unbeaten in its last four contests and owns a solid 6-1-2 record over its last nine outings. The Aggies have outscored the opposition 20-8 over that stretch.
Spoke Too Soon: The Aggies, who established an NCAA record by playing in 14 overtime games in 2014, played in just two extra period contests through their first 11 in 2015. However, the Aggies have rattled off four straight OT games and are 2-0-2 in that stretch.
Mohageg’s Touch: Senior Lucas Mohageg scored his team-leading seventh goal in a 3-2, overtime win over Cal Poly on Wednesday. He is tied for second in the Big West in goals scored. The Aggies have won five straight games when Mohageg scores a goal and 6-1 overall this season when he hits paydirt.
Boating’s Brace: Freshman Roy Boateng doubled his goal output this season with a brace against Cal Poly. The Aggies are 3-0 when Boateng scores a goal. He became the first Aggie this season to score multiple goals in a match and ranks second on the team with four.
Shutout City: After having allowed at least one goal in eight straight games, UC Irvine forged its third shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over UC Riverside on Wednesday, which also halted a five-game winless streak.
Two Milestones Ahead For Breslin: Senior goalkeeper Michael Breslin could reach two significant milestones this week. He is in line to become the Big West’s career minutes played leader. Currently second all-time with 7,585 minutes in net, he trails UC Santa Barbara’s Dan Kennedy (7,653, 2001-04) by 68. He’s also six saves short of becoming the fifth goalkeeper in Big West annals to reach 300.
One More Breslin Note: With 39 career wins, Breslin needs one more to join Dan Kennedy (63) and former UCI standout Andrew Fontein (50, 2008-11) as the only conference backstops with at least 40 wins.
Phillips Streak Broken: Senior forward Jaime Phillips had his seven-match streak with at least one point come to a halt in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Cal State Fullerton. He had four goals and five assists during the streak.
Slumping: The Highlanders saw their losing streak reach four straight contests after getting shutout back-to-back against UC Irvine and CSUN. UC Riverside has managed just one goal during the skid.
Opportunities Galore: The Highlanders held advantage in total shots (15-4) and shots on goal (5-1), but CSUN made its lone shot on frame count as Carlos Gonzalez scored at the 67:00 mark to give the Matadors a 1-0 victory on Saturday. It was the highest number of shots that UCR has had in a loss this season.
Still Near The Top: Despite being held to a combined one goal over the last four contests, seniors Norberto Ochoa and Michael Salazar are still tied for third in the Big West with 15 points apiece. Ochoa is tied for second in goals (7) while Salazar is fourth (6).
Back At It: UCR faces a couple of crucial Big West contests this week, hosting UC Irvine and traveling to Cal State Fullerton. The Highlanders sit in last place in the South Division with three points, but would climb above the Anteaters with a win on Wednesday.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Regroup: UC Santa Barbara lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season after falling to Sacramento State (5-2) and Cal Poly (3-2 in 2OT) last week. The eight goals allowed were the most the Gauchos let in in consecutive matches since 2008 – a 4-2 win over Evansville and 6-2 loss to Wake Forest.
Offense Still Revved Up: Despite the two losses, UCSB’s offense remains on track, having scored exactly two goals in five straight games, with multiple goals in seven consecutive and nine of the last 10.
Among The Best: UCSB’s 31 goals lead the Big West and tie for sixth nationally, just one short of the five squads ranked No. 1. The Gauchos already have surpassed the 2014 team’s total goals output of 30.
Acheampong Produces: Midfielder Geoffrey Acheampong continues his productivity as a freshman. He has recorded an assist in three straight games, with at least one point in six of the last seven and eight of the last 10 contests. Acheampong leads the Big West with seven helpers.