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    UC Santa Barbara Men’s Soccer Continues Big West Play Against UC Irvine, UC Davis

    The UC Santa Barbara Men’s Soccer team rounds out September at home, then hits the road to begin October in their next two Big West matches. The Gauchos will host UC Irvine on Saturday, September 30, before traveling north to play UC Davis on Wednesday, October 4 in Davis.

    Saturday night’s match against the Anteaters is Santa Barbara Soccer Club & Central Coast Academy Night at Harder Stadium. UC Santa Barbara will continue its annual tradition of celebrating the club’s track records of elite youth soccer and the people who make it possible.

    WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH

    Kickoff in both Saturday’s match at Harder Stadium and Wednesday night’s match in Davis is set for 7 p.m. Both matches will also be live on ESPN+ and live stats will be available through ucsbgauchos.com.

    Tickets for Saturday’s match can be purchased at ucsbgauchos.com. UC Santa Barbara students get in free with their student ID card.

    LAST TIME OUT

    The Gauchos will be looking to bounce back on Saturday following their 3-0 defeat at UC San Diego in The Big West opener in La Jolla.

    WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAUCHOS (5-5, 0-1 Big West)

    It has been home sweet home for UC Santa Barbara this season, with each of their five wins coming in their last five home contests. The Gauchos have out-scored their opponents, 16-11, at Harder Stadium this season, including a 5-2 thumping of Utah Valley earlier this month and a 2-0 shutout of Cal Poly last Saturday.

    The win over the Mustangs was Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg’s 300th career victory, making him one of 19 active Division-I head coaches in the 300-win club. Over his 25-year career coaching UC Santa Barbara, Vom Steeg has led the Gauchos to more than half of the program’s 553 total wins, including a National Championship in 2006.

    UC Santa Barbara’s attackers are not afraid to let it rip in front of goal. The Gauchos have out-shot opponents in six of their ten matches, and have taken the second-most attempts at goal in The Big West. On two of the occasions they were out-shot, UC Santa Barbara won anyway.

    SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS (4-3-2, 1-0 Big West)

    UC Irvine won their Big West opener Wednesday night, defeating UC Riverside, 1-0, in Irvine. The Anteaters would surely love to repeat their Big West campaign from last season, which saw them win five of nine matches and finish as the third seed in the conference tournament. The Gauchos hosted and knocked UCI out of the tournament in the semifinals thanks to a Lucas Gonzalez goal in double overtime.

    The Anteaters have struggled for goals but not goal-scorers this season. While they have found the back of the net only eight times in nine contests, seven different players have done so. Forward Jake Means is the only Anteater with two goals, and he has an assist on the season as well. Freshman defender Brady Treinen leads UCI with three assists.

    While the Anteaters have not scored many goals, they have not conceded many either. UCI’s defense has only allowed 10 goals this season, the third-fewest in the conference. Four of those came in the same match, their non-conference finale against UCLA last Saturday.

    SCOUTING THE AGGIES (4-3-2, 1-0 Big West)

    Like the Anteaters, UC Davis won their Big West opener, taking down Cal Poly, 1-0. The Aggies have now won back-to-back matches for the first time since August but will play at Big West leaders Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night.

    Up front, UC Davis is led by Cason Goodman, who scored the game-winning goal against Cal Poly last time out. Goodman now has five goals on the season, third-most in The Big West. The Santa Barbara native won this season’s first Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring against both Dayton and Ohio State on the season’s opening weekend.

    At the back, the Aggies have a dependable man between the sticks in goalkeeper Charles Janssen. Janssen was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week alongside Goodman after a strong opening weekend in Ohio and currently ranks third in the conference with a .763 save percentage. Coming into this weekend, he has not conceded a goal in his last 237 minutes of play.

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