UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer

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UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Men's Soccer
UC Santa Barbara GauchosMen's Soccer athletic logo

University University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Big West
Division North
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg (16th year)
Stadium Harder Stadium
(Capacity: 17,000)
Nickname Gauchos
Colors Pacific blue and Gaucho gold and Navy blue

                     

Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Champions
2006
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
2004
NCAA College Cup Appearances
2004, 2006
NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances
2004, 2006
NCAA Round of 16 Appearances
2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013


UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Men's Soccer is an amateur, NCAA Division I College soccer team composed of students attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. They are most famous for winning the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Like most of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos teams, the Men's Soccer team competes in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos play their home matches at Harder Stadium on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The program currently holds the top 5 NCAA Soccer (men's and women's) records for largest regular season attendances at on-campus venues, highlighted by the top mark of 15,896 fans packed into Harder Stadium when UC Santa Barbara hosted UCLA on November 9, 2010.

History[edit]

Humble beginnings[edit]

UC Santa Barbara fielded its first team in 1966, but it wasn't until 1983 until they first competed in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos had mixed success, mixing good seasons (1983, 1988) with bad seasons (1991, 1992), yet never found prolonged success or failure.

The Big West Conference stopped sponsoring soccer in 1991, but re-instituted it in 2001. Over this period, UCSB competed in a regional conference called the MPSF. The return of soccer to the Big West Conference marked the beginning of the Gauchos' greatest success, starting from the very first season. The Gauchos won the 2001 Big West Conference championship, but missed out on a trip to the NCAA Tournament since the Big West did not have an automatic bid.

Since 2001, the UCSB has won 5 Big West championships (2001, 02, 04, 06, 07) and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in every year since 2002.

2004 NCAA Championships[edit]

The Gauchos burst on to the national scene in 2004 during their run at the 2004 NCAA Championship. The showing in this tournament established UC Santa Barbara as a force in college soccer, with UCSB marching all the way to the finals before losing out on penalites to Indiana.

2006 NCAA Championships[edit]

2006 White House visit with George W. Bush.

The crowning achievement of the men's soccer program took place in 2006, where UCSB won the NCAA Division I Championship in a 2-1 decision over UCLA. It marked the program's first championship and only the university's second athletics championship (1979 Men's Water Polo).

At one point during the season, UCSB's record stood at 7-6 with dim prospects for postseason glory. However, a 5-1 stretch to close out the regular season raised morale. The Gauchos made the NCAA Tournament as an unseeded team. During their championship run, the unseeded Gauchos defeated San Diego State at home, then #1 ranked/#3 seeded SMU followed by Old Dominion on the road, and finally Northwesterm before an NCAA season high 8,784 people at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara. This propelled the Gauchos into the Final Four and earned them a trip to the College Cup held at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

UCSB needed extra time to defeat #2 seed Wake Forest 0-0 (4-3 on penalties) in their first match of the College Cup. The final was a matchup between Southern California teams as UCLA advanced on a 4-0 win over Virginia. The #8 ranked/#8 seeded Bruins served as the final team to fall to the Gauchos by a score of 2-1 to complete UCSB's magical season.

Post-championship to present[edit]

At the end of UCSB's 2-1 loss to UC Davis in overtime[when?], UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg was aggressively [according to whom?] yelling at the referees for what he believed was a missed foul call preceding the UC Davis golden goal. During the chaos, UCSB senior Peter McGlynn ran toward the match referee, Reed Christy, and pushed him to the ground despite Vom Steeg's attempts to block McGlynn. McGlynn was detained by campus police and later released.[1][2] As a result of the incident, the UCSB Athletics Department, in collaboration with the Big West Conference, removed McGlynn from the team with two games remaining in his senior year, suspended head coach Tim Vom Steeg for the following game, and chose to forgo postseason play for 2012.[3] McGlynn later apologized with a statement on his Twitter account and pled guilty to the misdemeanor and served community service as a result.[4]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 September 2014[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Sergio Esparza
1 United States GK Brandon Berke
2 United States DF Jeff Quezada
3 United States DF Kevin Garcia-Lopez
4 Germany MF Paul Ehmann
5 United States MF Ryo Fujii
6 United States DF Nick DePuy
7 United States MF Drew Murphy
8 United States MF Duncan Backus
9 United States FW Adonis Amaya
10 United States MF Axel Mendez
11 United States FW Reed McKenna
12 United States FW Charlie Miller
13 United States DF Brandon Brockway
14 United States MF Adam Carn-Saferstein
No. Position Player
15 The Gambia FW Ismaila Jome
16 Germany DF Julian Busch
17 United States MF Marshall Cazares
18 United States FW Denis Kalamar
19 Sweden FW Ludwig Ahl
20 United States FW Armand Bagramyan
21 United States FW Alex Liua
22 United States GK Josh McNeely
24 Australia DF Dylan Murphy
25 United States MF Andy Perez
26 United States DF John Rehl
27 Bulgaria MF Dilian Donev
28 United States DF Connor Carman
29 United States DF Dugan Zier
30 United States MF Christian Rodriguez

Notable former players[edit]

For more details on this topic, see UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer professionals.
The players in bold have senior international caps.

Coaching staff[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Tim Vom Steeg
Assistant coach Greg Wilson
Assistant coach Greg Curry
Volunteer goalkeeper coach Paul Hart
Community outreach coordinator Waid Ibrahim

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nationality From To P W L D GF GA Win% Honours
Zolton von Smogyi - 1966 1971 59 32 21 6 54.24
Sandy Guess - 1972 1973 25 9 13 3 36.00
Sandy Guess/Ken Reeves - 1974 1974 15 5 6 4 33.34
Alan Meeder United States 1975 1978 73 42 26 5 57.53
John Purcell - 1979 1980 37 15 17 5 40.54
Andy Kuenzli - 1981 1989 180 95 64 21 52.78
Cliff Draeger - 1990 1991 37 15 20 2 40.54
Mark Arya United States 1992 1998 130 40 84 6 30.77
Tim Vom Steeg United States 1999 Present 216 140 56 20 64.81

UCSB seasons (since 2001)[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer seasons.
Season Conference Record Conference
Tourn. Pos.
Overall Record Honours Top points[6] Top scorer[7]
Conference Pld. W L D Pos. Pld. W L D Natl.
Rank
2001 Big West 10 7 2 1 1st 19 11 5 3 Big West Champion Rob Friend 27 Rob Friend 11
2002 Big West 10 9 0 1 1st 22 18 3 1 Big West Champion, NCAA 2nd Round Rob Friend 44 Rob Friend 20
2003 Big West 10 7 3 0 2nd 22 16 5 1 NCAA 3rd Round Drew McAthy
Neil Jones
Memo Arzate
30 Drew McAthy 14
2004 Big West 10 8 2 0 1st 25 21 3 1 Big West Champion, NCAA Finalists Drew McAthy 43 Drew McAthy 18
2005 Big West 10 7 1 2 2nd 21 13 5 3 23[8] NCAA 2nd Round Ivan Becerra 26 Ivan Becerra 12
2006 Big West 10 7 3 0 1st 25 17 7 1 1[9] Big West Champion, NCAA Champion Eric Avila 21 Eric Avila 8
2007 Big West 12 9 1 2 1st 21 13 4 4 8[10] Big West Champion, NCAA 3rd Round Ciaran O'Brien 25 Chris Pontius 11
Beginning with the 2008 season, the Big West Conference instituted a conference tournament to determine the winner of the NCAA automatic bid instead of awarding it to the regular season winner.
2008 Big West 10 5 2 3 2nd Finals 22 10 7 5 22[11] NCAA 2nd Round Chris Pontius 32 Chris Pontius 14
2009 Big West 10 8 1 1 1st Finals 24 17 5 2 10[12] Big West Champion, NCAA 3rd Round David Walker 24 David Walker 10
2010 Big West 10 7 2 1 2nd Champion 22 14 5 3 19[13] NCAA 2nd round Sam Garza 24 Sam Garza 9
2011 Big West 10 6 4 0 2nd Finals 23 15 7 1 12[14] NCAA 3rd round Luis Silva 44 Luis Silva 17
Beginning with the 2012 season, the Big West Conference instituted two divisions within regular season play, moving away from a single table format. UCSB's conference position will now be represented as the standing in the "North Division".
2012 Big West 10 4 5 1 4th 19 10 6 3 Nic Ryan 19 Nic Ryan 8
2013 Big West 10 7 0 3 1st Semifinals 21 12 6 3 20[15] Big West Champion, NCAA 2nd Round Goffin Boyoko 19 Goffin Boyoko 8

The Blue-Green Rivalry[edit]

Chosen as the #1 College Soccer Rivalry in the nation by collegesoccernews.com,[16] the rivalry between Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara has always existed, but this rivalry has escalated in recent years. The two schools are both located on the Central Coast in California just a mere 100 miles away from each other. The two teams play at least twice a year in Big West Conference play, each with one home game. When these two teams meet attendance skyrockets, setting records on the year for the most fans attending a regular season game. In 2008, Cal Poly hosted a sellout crowd of 11,075 fans that watched UCSB squeak by in double overtime with a 1-0 win.[17] This was the 4th highest attendance for a regular season game in NCAA history at the time, the second highest attendance for a regular season game at a college stadium, and the largest attendance for a regular season game in over 21 years. Each Cal Poly sellout has ranked as the largest soldout college soccer game ever. UCSB came up just short in a game vs UCLA in 2010 with 15,896 fans in the 17,000 seat stadium.[18]

Cal Poly vs. UCSB game results[edit]

Cal Poly victories are shaded ██ green. UCSB victories shaded in ██ blue. Ties shaded white. Sellouts are in Bold

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Attendance
September 3, 1994 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 UCSB 0 CP 1-0-0
September 25, 1994 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 4 Cal Poly 2 Tied 1-1-0
November 3, 1995 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 4 UCSB 1 CP 2-1-0
October 18, 1996 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 1 Tied 2-2-0
November 15, 1996 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 UCSB 1 CP 3-2-0
September 21, 1997 San Diego, CA Cal Poly 2 UCSB 1 CP 4-2-0
October 18, 1997 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 3 UCSB 2 CP 5-2-0
November 13, 1998 Santa Barbara, CA Cal Poly 4 UCSB 2 CP 6-2-0
September 1, 1999 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 CP 6-3-0
November 13, 1999 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 4 Cal Poly 2 CP 6-4-0
November 7, 2000 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 3 UCSB 0 CP 7-4-0 206
October 19, 2001 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 CP 7-5-0 318
November 9, 2001 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 5 Cal Poly 1 CP 7-6-0 575
October 25, 2002 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 Tied 7-7-0 425
November 2, 2002 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 3 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 8-7-0 522
September 24, 2003 Santa Barbara, CA #10 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 9-7-0 617
October 22, 2003 San Luis Obispo, CA #7 UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 10-7-0 307
October 9, 2004 San Luis Obispo, CA #1 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 11-7-0 1,837
October 23, 2004 Santa Barbara, CA #2 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 12-7-0 607
September 28, 2005 San Luis Obispo, CA #19 UCSB 3 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 13-7-0 568
October 22, 2005 Santa Barbara, CA #14 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 14-7-0 1,091
September 5, 2006 Santa Barbara, CA #7 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 15-7-0 924
October 14, 2006 San Luis Obispo, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 16-7-0 1,123
October 17, 2007 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 #15 UCSB 1 UCSB 16-8-0 7,143
November 3, 2007 Santa Barbara, CA #12 UCSB 3 #15 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 17-8-0 8,102
October 17, 2008 San Luis Obispo, CA #19 UCSB (2OT) 1 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 18-8-0 11,075
October 5, 2008 Santa Barbara, CA #17 UCSB (2OT) 0 #25 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 18-8-1 9,749
November 12, 2008 Santa Barbara, CA #19 UCSB (2OT) 2 Cal Poly 2 UCSB 18-8-2 3,601
October 7, 2009 Santa Barbara, CA #7 UCSB 1 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 19-8-2 5,842
November 4, 2009 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly (2OT) 0 #3 UCSB 0 UCSB 19-8-3 9,824
October 12, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 20-8-3 6,057
October 27, 2010 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly (OT) 2 #19 UCSB 1 UCSB 20-9-3 8,125
November 10, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA #22 UCSB (OT) 2 Cal Poly 1 UCSB 21-9-3 4,084
October 14, 2011 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 2 #13 UCSB 1 UCSB 21-10-3 11,075
November 4, 2011 Santa Barbara, CA #17 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 22-10-3 13,822
October 19, 2012 Santa Barbara, CA Cal Poly (OT) 2 #16 UCSB 1 UCSB 22-11-3 13,467
November 3, 2012 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 1 UCSB 0 UCSB 22-12-3 11,075
October 25, 2013 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly (2OT) 1 #21 UCSB 1 UCSB 22-12-4 11,075
November 9, 2013 Santa Barbara, CA #12 UCSB 2 Cal Poly 0 UCSB 23-12-4 12,805

Source: [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49602910/ns/local_news-san_luis_obispo_ca/t/ucsb-soccer-cuts-mcglynn-after-ref-shoving-incident/#.UJb7HW_A948
  2. ^ http://www.collegesoccernews.com/index_files/Page7605.htm
  3. ^ http://ucsbgauchos.com/sports/m-soccer/2012-13/releases/20121029nd5arc
  4. ^ http://www.ksby.com/news/district-attorney-files-charge-against-former-ucsb-soccer-player-mcglynn/
  5. ^ "2014-15 Men's Soccer Roster". UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  6. ^ In NCAA scoring, goals count as 2 points while assists count as one point.
  7. ^ Goals in all competitions (regular season, conference, and NCAA Tournament) are counted.
  8. ^ NSCAA (13 December 2005). "National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2005 NCAA Division I Men Final Ranking". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ NSCAA (5 December 2006). "National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2006 NCAA Division I Men Final Ranking". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  10. ^ NSCAA (19 December 2007). "National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2007 NCAA Division I Men Final Ranking". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  11. ^ NSCAA (16 December 2008). "National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2008 NCAA Division I Men Final Ranking". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ NSCAA (15 December 2009). "National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2009 NCAA Division I Men Final Ranking". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  13. ^ NSCAA (9 November 2010). "National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2010 NCAA Division I Men Final Ranking". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  14. ^ NSCAA (13 December 2011). "NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's - National - Final Post-Season Ranking - December 13, 2011". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ NSCAA (17 December 2013). "NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's - National - Final Post-Season Ranking - December 17, 2013". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.collegesoccernews.com/index_files/Page2764.htm
  17. ^ http://gopoly.com/
  18. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_soccer_RB/2012/attend.pdf
  19. ^ http://gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&id=29911&tab=schedule

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