UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer
|UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
|2015 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team|
|University||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Location||Santa Barbara, California|
|Head Coach||Tim Vom Steeg (17th year)|
|Colors||Pacific blue and Gaucho gold and Navy blue
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|NCAA Tournament College Cup|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 16|
|2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013|
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team is an amateur, NCAA Division I college soccer team composed of student-athletes attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. The team is most famous for winning the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Like most of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos athletic 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 six 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. The Gauchos have led all of NCAA Division I in average soccer attendance every year since 2007.
- 1 History
- 2 Players
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 UCSB seasons (since 2001)
- 5 The Blue-Green Rivalry
- 6 References
- 7 External links
UC Santa Barbara fielded its first men's soccer team in 1966, but they didn't compete in the Big West Conference until 1983. The Gauchos had mixed success, with good seasons (1983, 1988) alongside bad seasons (1991, 1992), but never found prolonged stretches of success or failure.
The Big West Conference stopped sponsoring men's soccer after the 1991 season, but re-instituted it prior to the 2001 season. During this period, UCSB competed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. 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 for the first time in their history, but missed out on a trip to the NCAA Tournament since the Big West Conference was ineligible for an automatic bid. UC Santa Barbara have won eight Big West regular season championships (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014) and have won the Big West tournament in 2010.
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 Northwestern 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
At the end of UCSB's 2-1 loss to UC Davis in overtime, 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. 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. McGlynn later apologized with a statement on his Twitter account and pled guilty to the misdemeanor and served community service as a result.
- As of 20 August 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Players noted below, with years at UCSB in parentheses, have gone on to play professionally. The players in bold have senior international caps.
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Tim Vom Steeg|
|Associate head coach||Greg Wilson|
|Assistant coach||Greg Curry|
|Assistant coach||Fifi Baiden|
|Assistant coach||Ciaran O'Brien|
|Volunteer goalkeeper coach||Paul Hart|
|Community outreach coordinator||Kayla Grosset|
|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||12||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||Big West Champion, NCAA 2nd Round||Goffin Boyoko||19||Goffin Boyoko||8|
|2014||Big West||10||6||2||2||1st||Semifinals||20||10||7||3||Big West Champion||Nick DePuy||21||Nick DePuy||10|
The Blue-Green Rivalry
Chosen as the #1 College Soccer Rivalry in the nation by collegesoccernews.com, 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. 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 (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|
|October 25, 2014||Santa Barbara, CA||UCSB (2OT)||2||Cal Poly||2||UCSB 23–12–5||14,345|
|November 2, 2014||San Luis Obispo, CA||UCSB||2||Cal Poly||0||UCSB 24–12–5||11,075|
|October 17, 2015||San Luis Obispo, CA||Cal Poly (2OT)||3||#14 UCSB||2||UCSB 24–13–5||11,075|
|October 24, 2015||Santa Barbara, CA||UCSB (2OT)||2||#23 Cal Poly||2||UCSB 24–13–6||14,919|
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- "Big West Conference Men’s Soccer Records" (PDF). http://www.bigwest.org. December 2014. p. 2. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
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- "Men's Soccer Claims Big West Championship With 2-0 Shutout Of UC Irvine". http://ucsbgauchos.com. November 16, 2001. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
- "2015 UCSB Men's Soccer Roster". http://ucsbgauchos.com. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- 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.
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