NOTE FOR MUSTANG FANS ATTENDING FRIDAY'S CAL POLY-UC SANTA BARBARA MATCH: Sections No. 1 and 2 of Harder Stadium will be reserved for Cal Poly supporters. To view a seating chart for Harder Stadium, click HERE.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Despite being eliminated from contention for the 2011 Big West Conference Tournament, the Cal Poly men's soccer program still has the opportunity to enjoy an historic evening against No. 16 UC Santa Barbara as the Mustangs complete their 2011 schedule with a 7 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry matchup against the Gauchos on Friday, Nov. 4. The match will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. Supporters who can't make the trip can listen to the match HERE, beginning with the pregame show at 6:50 p.m.
Coupled with Cal Poly's 1-0 home loss against No. 14 UC Irvine on Tuesday evening, UC Santa Barbara's 3-2, double-overtime triumph versus Cal State Northridge knocked both the Mustangs (6-8-3, 3-5-1; 10 points) and Matadors (7-8-3, 3-4-2; 11 points) out of the Big West Tournament picture. A victory on Friday can help Cal Poly reach as high as fifth place in the final Big West standings while UC Santa Barbara (12-5-1, 5-4-0; 15 points), with a win, can potentially lock down home-field advantage for one of the Big West Tournament's two semifinal contests on Nov. 9.
While the Mustangs are undefeated during four of their previous five home matchups against UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly enters Friday's contest seeking its first victory at Harder Stadium since producing a 4-2 triumph on Nov. 13, 1998 (the winless drought currently stands at 13 matches). Since that triumph, a double-overtime, scoreless draw on Nov. 5, 2008 ranks as the only time Cal Poly has taken so much as a road point off of UC Santa Barbara. The Mustangs also drew UC Santa Barbara during the semifinals of the 2008 Big West Tournament before the Gaucho eliminated Cal Poly on penalties, 4-3.
Topping CollegeSoccerNews.com's list of the 14 Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer, the Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara series has drawn eight of the top-22 regular season crowd figures in NCAA history with all matches occurring during the previous four-plus seasons. Since the start of the 2007 campaign, 76,552 total spectators and an average of 6,959 fans per match have witnessed Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara clash on 11 occasions. This season alone, a sellout crowd of 11,075 supporters shoehorned themselves into Spanos Stadium on Oct. 14 to watch Cal Poly edge UC Santa Barbara, 2-1.
With one match remaining, Cal Poly is well on pace to establish new program records for fewest goals allowed (15, as of Nov. 1) and fewest goals allowed per game (0.88). The current mark for total goals conceded is 21 in 19 games, set by the 2007 Mustangs. The 2008 Cal Poly squad owns the record for fewest goals allowed per game at 1.00 per match.
Friday's match marks the final Cal Poly contest for seven Mustang seniors. The 2008 Big West Co-Freshman of the Year selection, center back Patrick Sigler (above) – Cal Poly's career leader with 78 starts – is a three-time all-conference selection and the only Mustang to have been nominated for the Hermann Trophy (2009).
Midfielder Ryan Anderson, whose 28th-minute goal at UCLA during the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament provided Cal Poly its first postseason victory in 13 years, owns four career goals.
An All-Big West and NSCAA All-West Region second team selection last season, left back Wes Feighner – out since Oct. 14 with a season-curtailing injury – has started 67 of the 68 games he has appeared in for Cal Poly.
A two-time All-Big West second team selection, goalkeeper Patrick McLain enters Friday's match as Cal Poly's career leader with an .809 save percentage and ranks second in program history with both a 1.02 goals-against average and 16 shutouts. McLain also owns the top-two single-season save percentage marks in Mustang program history.
Cal Poly's single-season record holder with 10 assists in 2008, forward Kyle Montgomery is a two-time All-Big West selection and paces the Mustangs this year with three goals. Montgomery also ranks second in program history with 14 assists.
Midfielder Evan Richter has started the last 40 matches he has appeared in for Cal Poly while right back Cameron Walters has started 34 of Cal Poly's previous 35 matches and notched five career goals.
Mustang Men's Soccer Caps Year on National Television at UC Santa Barbara
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Nov 03, 2011