Blue-Green Rivalry Game Set For FOX Sports #PrimeTicket
2016 Men's Soccer Release No. 9
The UC Santa Barbara-Cal Poly Blue-Green rivalry game, which attracted 14,919 fans to Harder Stadium last season, expects another big crowd under the lights of FOX Sports Prime Ticket this Saturday.
UC Santa Barbara is unbeaten in its last six matches (4-0-2) – all during conference play, enabling the Gauchos to lead the North Division with 14 points. A challenging slate looms this week with a road matchup at second place UC Davis and a home tilt against Blue-Green rival Cal Poly. Two wins would give UCSB 10 for the season, which would be the 16th straight year the program accumulated double-digit victories.
Lights, Camera, Action
For the fourth straight year, FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televise Saturday’s showdown between Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara from Harder Stadium. The rivalry game, which has sold out 11,075-seat Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo for six seasons running, regularly attracts crowds in excess of 10,000 when it rolls into Goleta. In fact, none of the last five matchups have drawn fewer than 12,805. The last five Cal Poly-UCSB attendances at Harder:
2015 - 14,919
2014 - 14,345
2013 - 12,805
2012 - 13,467
2011 - 13,822
Another Blue-Green Attendance Factoid
In 2015, the Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara home-and-home series represented the two highest attended games in all of college soccer (11,075 in San Luis Obispo & 14,919 in Santa Barbara). No other contest around the country attracted more than 9,316 fans.
And One More Attendance Tidbit For Good Measure
UC Santa Barbara has led Division I men’s soccer average attendance for NINE STRAIGHT YEARS. In each of the last two seasons, the Gauchos have averaged exactly 3,844 fans per match. In 2010, UCSB averaged 5,873 spectators, the highest figure since the NCAA began tracking the category in 1998.
Highlanders On A High
UC Riverside sits atop the Big West South Division with 13 points, five ahead of second place CSUN. The two teams meet on Wednesday in Riverside where a Highlander win inches them ever closer to a second South Division crown in three seasons. UCR’s next win would set a new Division I program standard for conference wins (5) and tie the mark for overall victories (10). The Highlanders won 10 games in 2012.
Causeway Rivalry Redux
UC Davis snapped a four-match winless streak against Causeway rival Sacramento State last Saturday, taking a 3-1 decision. It was the first win over the Hornets since Nov. 9, 2013. The Aggies have scored three goals in all three of their Big West wins. It is the first time since UC Davis joined the Big West in 2007 that a team has scored at least three goals in three matches during the regular season conference schedule.
UC Irvine Discovers Offense
After scoring just seven goals through its first 10 contests, UC Irvine has notched two or more goals in three of its last five. The Anteaters dispatched CSUN by a 4-3 score on Saturday to mark its highest goal output since a 5-1 triumph at UC Riverside on Oct. 21, 2015.
DePUY ON MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Nick DePuy is the eighth Gaucho since 2005 to be named to the Preseason Watch List for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate men’s soccer player. One of 28 players on this year’s list, and only one of four who reached the semifinal round in 2015, DePuy led the Big West in goals (15), game-winning goals (8), points (31) and shots (80). His eight game-winners topped the nation. His 14 career game-winning strikes is No. 3 all-time in Big West history. DePuy is bidding to become the first three-time recipient of Big West Offensive Player of the Year honors.
The three winningest head coaches in Big West history are still going strong, leading their respective programs at UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton and CSUN. Tim Vom Steeg, in his 18th season at UCSB, became the first head coach in Big West history to accumulate 200 overall wins and 100 conference wins. Since 2001, when the Big West reinstated men’s soccer, Vom Steeg is 219-86-39, with a 108-30-20 mark in league contests. George Kuntz has accumulated a combined 170 wins between two Big West institutions in UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton – the No. 2 win total all-time. His 73 Big West victories is third behind Vom Steeg and CSUN boss Terry Davila, who is 76-54-28 in his 15 seasons as a Big West mentor. Davila is No. 3 all-time in overall wins with 157 behind Vom Steeg and Kuntz.
Since the Big West moved to interdivisional in play in 2012, the North has held a decided edge over the South, posting a 42-29-9 record. UCSB has owned the most success against its counterparts from the South with a 15-2-3 overall mark, and is unbeaten in its last nine meetings. UC Davis is 11-7-2 all-time in regular season matchups against the South. The only South Division program boasting an above .500 record versus the North is CSUN (9-8-3). However each division accumulated 23 points against the other in this year’s contests.
ALL-TIME NORTH VS. SOUTH
||Record vs. South
|UC Santa Barbara
ALL-TIME SOUTH VS. NORTH
||Record vs. North
|Cal State Fullerton