UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer
|UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
|University||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Location||Santa Barbara, CA|
|Head Coach||Tim Vom Steeg (8th year)|
|Colors||Pacific Blue and Gaucho Gold and Navy Blue
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|NCAA College Cup Appearances|
|NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances|
|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|
University of California, 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 Championship. Like most of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 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 NCAA Division I Soccer record for largest attendance at an on-campus venue, with 15,896 people in attendance when they hosted UCLA in 2010.
- 1 History
- 2 Players
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 UCSB seasons (Since 2001)
- 5 The Blue-Green Rivalry, Cal Poly vs UCSB
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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
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
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.
- As of 2012
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- The players in bold have senior international caps.
- Joe Cannon '93 plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC of MLS
- Thiago Martins '02 played for multiple clubs Norway and the United States
- Rob Friend '03 plays in Germany for 1860 Munich of the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Dan Kennedy '05 plays for Club Deportivo Chivas USA of MLS
- Tony Lochhead '05 plays for Wellington Phoenix FC of the A-League
- Kyle Reynish '06 plays for New York Cosmos of the NASL
- Tyler Rosenlund '07 plays for the Rochester Rhinos of USL Pro
- Andy Iro '08 plays for Stevenage F.C. of the Football League One
- Tino Nuñez '08 plays for the Baltimore Blast of MILS
- Eric Avila '08 plays for Club Deportivo Chivas USA of MLS
- Chris Pontius '09 plays for D.C. United of MLS
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Tim Vom Steeg|
|Assistant coach||Greg Wilson|
|Assistant coach||Greg Curry|
|Goalkeeper coach||Paul Hart|
|Zolton von Smogyi||-||1966||1971||59||32||21||6||54.24|
|Sandy Guess/Ken Reeves||-||1974||1974||15||5||6||4||33.34|
|Tim Vom Steeg||1999||Present||216||140||56||20||64.81|
UCSB seasons (Since 2001)
|Overall Record||Honours||Top points||Top scorer|
|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
|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||NCAA 2nd Round||Ivan Becerra||26||Ivan Becerra||12|
|2006||Big West||10||7||3||0||1st||25||17||7||1||1||Big West Champion, NCAA Champion||Eric Avila||21||Eric Avila||8|
|2007||Big West||12||9||1||2||1st||21||13||4||4||8||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||NCAA 2nd Round||Chris Pontius||32||Chris Pontius||14|
|2009||Big West||10||8||1||1||1st||Finals||24||17||5||2||10||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||NCAA 2nd round||Sam Garza||24||Sam Garza||9|
|2011||Big West||10||6||4||0||2nd||Finals||23||15||7||1||NCAA 3rd round||Luis Silva||44||Luis Silva||17|
The Blue-Green Rivalry, Cal Poly vs UCSB
Chosen as the #1 College Soccer Rivalry in the nation by collegesoccernews.com, the rivalry between Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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. 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.
Cal Poly vs. UCSB Game Results
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 (OT)||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|
- In NCAA scoring, goals count as 2 points while assists count as one point.
- Goals in all competitions (regular season, Conference, and NCAA Tournament) are counted.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 13 December 2005.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 05 December 2006.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 19 December 2007.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 16 December 2008.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings Division I Final Post-Season Ranking Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted 15 December 2009.
- NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Rankings Division I Final Postseason Poll From http://www.nscaa.com, Posted November 09, 2010 .