Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara Men’s Soccer Match Added to Fox Prime Lineup
SAN LUIS OBISPO – For the sixth time in seven years, the Cal Poly men's soccer program's Blue-Green rivalry showdown versus UC Santa Barbara will be televised live following the Tuesday announcement from the Big West Conference office that the Saturday, Oct. 25 matchup between the two squads at Harder Stadium will be carried on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, the 2014 Big West Women's Soccer Tournament championship game – scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 and hosted at Cal Poly's Alex G. Spanos Stadium – will be televised live by Fox Prime at 1 p.m. The Cal Poly women's program earned the right to host this year's Big West Tournament – including the two Nov. 6 semifinal matchups – after capturing the 2013 conference regular season title.
Topping CollegeSoccerNews.com's list of the 14 Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer and the best-attended sporting events annually in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, the Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara series has drawn 12 of the top 34 regular season crowd figures in NCAA history with all matches occurring during the previous seven seasons. Last season's match at UC Santa Barbara drew 12,805 – the eighth highest regular season figure ever – while the 11,075 that showed up at Cal Poly equaled the 11th-best figure and marked the fourth successive year the matchup sold out.
The four combined matches between Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara during the last two years are the four highest attended collegiate soccer games in the United States, outranking every NCAA Tournament contest. Since the start of the 2007 season, 138,796 total spectators and an average of 8,675 fans per match have witnessed Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara clash on 16 occasions.
On the field, 12 of the last 14 matches have been decided by one goal or drawn. Each of Cal Poly's five victories in 18 attempts against UC Santa Barbara since 2006 has been a one-goal triumph. Seven of those 18 matches have gone to overtime.
This year's Oct. 25 matchup marks the fourth successive season that the rivalry contest has been televised from Harder Stadium. Fox Soccer Channel also televised matchups between the two sides from Cal Poly's Alex G. Spanos Stadium in 2008 and 2010.
Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara will also meet this season on Sunday, Nov. 2 inside Spanos Stadium.
The Mustangs have one other televised match scheduled this year, a Sunday, Sept. 14 contest at UCLA via the Pac-12 Network. Cal Poly's 3-0 win at then-No. 6 UCLA last year marked the highest ranked opponent the Mustangs had ever defeated.
As a team, Cal Poly returns eight starters from a 2013 side that went 10-9-2 and finished seventh among Division I teams with a program-record 43 goals. The Mustangs, who begin their preseason training camp on Wednesday, Aug. 13, visit California for a Saturday, Aug. 23 exhibition before opening the regular season at Davidson on Friday, Aug. 29.