Wednesday, December 2, 2009

UCSB Basketball vs. Santa Clara

A full recap is on the video below about the Gauchos 79-68 lost to Santa Clara.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

UCSB Mens Soccer vs. UCLA Bruins (NCAA Tournament, Sweet 16)

A banner year ended for the Gauchos Sunday night as our favorite footballers from Santa Barbara fell to the UCLA Bruins 2-1.

UCSB got on the board first though when David Walker struck a beautiful ball past the keeper for the first goal of the game, but the third for Walker in this NCAA Tournament.

Only four minutes later did UCLA get the equalizer when Fernando Monge put the rebound in for the goal. The score was now tied 1-1.

UCLA got the game winning goal in the 36th minute when Ryan Hollingshead scorched a shot past the usually goal free Sam Hayden for the lead.

The second half consisted of numerous yellow cards and shots on goals, but the Gauchos couldn't find the tying goal.

UCLA continues their NCAA run when they take on Wake Forest in the Elite 8.

The Gauchos had a great year and we look forward to 2010!!!!

UCSB Mens Basketball at Loyola Marymount

Senior James Powell scored 21 points to lead the Gauchos to a 89-84 win at Loyola Marymount.

The senior also recorded 6 boards, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally both chipped in 16 points for the Gauchos. Gaucho big men Sam Phippen and Jaime Serna scored a combined 26 points and 9 rebounds. This was the highest scoring game so far for the Gauchos this year.

The Gauchos started quick offensively when Sam Phippen nailed a three, James Powell made a three, and then Phippen made a mid range jump shot. The Lions went on a 19-8 run to make the score 21-16. The Gauchos finished strong to take the lead at intermission, 35-31.

Then in the middle of the second half, James Nunnally got on fire. He made multiple shots and had an emphatic two handed slam dunk. Loyola Marymount play by play announcer said, "Folks get you fire extinguisher because James Nunnally is smoking!" Nunnally for Naismith baby.

The Gauchos finished strong and held off the Lions multiple times and won 89-84.

The Gauchos return home for a Tuesday game against Santa Clara and then Saturday vs. San Diego State. Come on out and support the Gauchos.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chris Brew to play

Highly recruited freshman Chris Brew, who sat out the first three games because he thought of redshirting, will play tonight vs. Loyola Marymount. The story was broke by the Gauchos preview show. Listen to tonight's game on 1490 AM.

Gaucho Scouting Report

A scouting report for tonights game vs. Loyola Marymount.

Gaucho Sports Center

Womens Vollyeyball racks up awards, Mens Basketball still perfect, Mens Soccer continues run in the NCAA Tournament!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. USF Dons

Orlando Johnson went for 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the Gauchos 76-65 victory over San Francisco.

James Nunnally, who scored 20 points, opened the game with back to back threes. Nunnally scored 12 of those 20 in the first half. Nunnally and Orlando combined for 59% of the points last night.

Another thing that was good for the Gauchos was PG Justin Joyners return. He sat out all of last year with injury and missed the first two games with an ankle sprain. He only played 2 minutes but should see lots more action in the next few games.

San Francisco got it close after the Gauchos early run by getting the halftime score to 33-28.

Then Nunnally opened the half with a jumper and the lead for the rest of the game stayed above 4 points.

Dior Lowhorn led the Dons with 26 points.

The Gauchos go on the road for one game when they take on Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Go Gauchos!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. Weber State Wildcats

Orlando (OJ) Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as UCSB defeated Weber State 66-57. After the game, OJ received six stitches as a result of diving into the UCSB bench to get a loose ball. What a competitor. Here is what Bob Williams had to say, "He is so tough. A little thing like that wasn't going to keep him on the bench. He is just so competitive."

Both teams didn't shoot great in the game but Weber State reinvented bad shooting. They shot 18.4% while the Gauchos shot 35.4% from the field.
Jaime Serna chipped in 9 points while Will Brew Jr. and James Nunnally both had 7.

The Gauchos will be back in action Monday, November, 23rd when they take on the San Francisco Dons at 7:00 p.m. PG Justin Joyner, who sat out due to injury last year, will be back in action for the 'Chos.

Go Gauchos!

Key Stats:
Attendance: 2,021
Rebounds: WSU-42 UCSB-43
FT%: WSU-66.7% UCSB-69.2%

Orlando Johnson

Sunday, November 15, 2009

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. CS Los Angeles

All hail Orlando. Sophomore transfer Orlando Johnson shined bright Saturday night as he shot 7-7 from the field and had 19 points in a 85-57 UCSB win over CSULA.

At the half, the Gauchos only led CSULA by 4 points but in the beginning moments of the second half, you could tell this would be ugly. They broke the game open with a 19-2 run and they never looked back.

James Powell had a great all around game with 14 points and 5 assists. Sam Phippen had a career high 14 points. Jon Pastorek had a solid game with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

The Gauchos played without Justin Joyner, Chris Brew, and James Nunnally. James, who was late, had to say this about being late, "I f$%*$# up." I hope he doesn't again.

The Gauchos first true test of the season will be Tuesday night as Weber State comes to town at 7:00 p.m.

Go Gauchos!

James Powell

Thursday, November 12, 2009

#3 UCSB Mens Soccer vs. CS Northridge Matadors

Coming in as the #1 seed and a top 5 team in the country, the Gauchos look primed for a Big West Championship and the first game of tournament went their way as they defeated CS Northridge 1-0.

Junior Michael Boxall got the Gauchos on the score board in the 72nd minute when Luis Silva struck a shot, it was deflected and the defender headed it in for his first career goal.

The goal propelled the Gauchos into the Big West Championship game for the 2nd straight year and will face UC Irvine Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium.

Goalie Sam Hayden recorded his 14th shutout of the year and that is a new UCSB record and also ties the Big West record.
Before the soccer game, go to the Men's Basketball game vs. Cal State LA at 3:00 p.m. at The Thunderdome!!

Go Gauchos!!!

Michael Boxall

Monday, November 9, 2009

#2 UCSB Mens Soccer vs. UC Davis Aggies

With the seniors being the main pregame attraction, they did not disappoint. The Gauchos scored two second half goals to defeat UC Davis 2-0.

The breakthrough came in 65th minute when senior Martin Hedevag cleared the ball to fellow senior David Walker who sent a through ball to freshman striker Michael Nonni who scored to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.

Just two minutes later, the score doubled when David Walker got his team leading 7th goal of the season. Walker had five shots and Nonni with four but both had two shots a piece on target.

Goalie Sam Hayden recorded another clean sheet while getting five saves in the match.
Tim Vom Steeg said this about tonight's effort, "Tonight was a very, very good effort on our parts."

This however is not the last home game of the year because the Gauchos clinched the Big West, they will host Cal State Northridge in the Big West Soccer Tournament Semifinals Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium.

Go Gauchos!

Key Stats:

Total Shots: UCD-10 UCSB-15
Fouls: UCD-16 UCSB-13
Attendance: 6,854

David Walker

Sunday, November 8, 2009

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. Sonoma State Seawolves

Folks, this is going to be a good season for Gaucho basketball. The Men's basketball team got things going yesterday with a 101-64 exhibition win over the Sonoma State Seawolves.

Six minutes into the game with a 14-14 score on the board, the Gauchos exploded. They went on a 25-2 run over the next eight minutes which included numerous three pointers by Paul Roemer, Orlando Johnson, and James Powell.

Then with five minutes to go in the half, junior Jordan Weiner threw up a alley-oop pass to Sam Phippen who threw it down!! As Dick Vitale would say, "It was awesome baby!"

The score at halftime was 53-28.

Then the monumental 100th point came with two minutes to go when Jon Pastorek put up a lay up to give the Gauchos 100 points and their biggest lead of the game, 100-60.

Orlando Johnson led all scorers with 21 points and also recorded 3 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists. James Nunnally contributed 13 points and 3 assists. James Powell, Jon Pastorek, and Lucas Devenny all had 10 points a piece.

The Gauchos next game is the regular season opener when they take on Cal State LA at 7:00 p.m. at The Thunderdome.

Go Gauchos!

Key Stats:
Three Point FG %: SSU-33.3 UCSB-58.8
Rebounds: SSU-23 UCSB-35
Attendance: 1655

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gaucho Basketball Preview (The Schedule)

After big non conference home games vs. North Carolina and Utah State, the Gauchos two big non conference games will be on the road. So here is the scoop.

The Schedule

The Gauchos play their only exhibition game November 7th vs Sonoma State at 3 p.m. They then open up the regular season vs. CS Los Angeles who they beat last year at The Thunderdome. Then the schedule gets a bit tougher when Big Sky opponent Weber State and West Conference opponent San Francisco come to The 'Dome. The Gauchos seek revenge versus both those teams because they lost to both teams in close games last year.

The Gauchos then travel to the City of Angels when they take on Loyola Marymount.

The Gauchos then return home to Santa Barbara when they take on the two biggest non conference home games of the year. They will play Santa Clara on December 1st and then December 5th welcome the Aztecs from San Diego State.

After that two game home stand, they travel to Bozeman, MT where they take on last years Bracket Busters opponent Montana State. On December 21st, the Gauchos will take on a Pacific 10 opponent for the first time in two years when they collide with Arizona State in Tempe, AZ. I am such a big fan that I will be in attendance! Go Gauchos!

Up next is the Golden Bear Classic. The first games of the tournament will be Cal vs. Utah Valley and UCSB vs. Furman. UCSB is the #2 seed and takes on Furman who is coming off a painful 6 win season. So if all goes how it is predicted, UCSB will take on Pac 10 Heavyweight Cal in the Championship game.

After the holiday affair, the Big West season begins. Some of the big games this year will be 1/8/10 vs. UC Davis on ESPNU, 1/14/10 at Long Beach State, 1/28/10 vs. Blue/Green rivalry opponent Cal Poly, 2/13/10 vs Long Beach State on FSNPT, and the 2/20/10 ESPNU Bracket Buster game.

For a complete schedule, visit

Go Gauchos!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gaucho Basketball Preview (Forwards and Centers)

This is a preview on the really tall guys who have to get physical in the paint. You know who I am talking about, the big guys, forwards and centers.
The Forwards

With the Gauchos losing senior Jesse Byrd for the year, the front court will not be as deep as it was last year. In addition, the Gauchos lose Mr. Everything Chris Devine to graduation. With these two losses, the Gauchos will have to rely on sophomore Jaime Serna. Jaime played in all 31 games last year averaging 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He had a fantastic game vs. CSUF when he recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. With Jesse being out, Jon Pastorek will play the five. He is a transfer from San Diego State. He is 6'9'' and will add a good perimeter shot and experience for the Gauchos. 7'3'' center Greg Somogyi will be a force down low this season blocking shots and rebounding. He had a great season blocking shots as a freshman recording 37 blocks!! Backups who will add depth are sophomore Sam Phippen, highly recruited freshman Lucas Devenny, and Orlando Johnson (featured in small forward preview) can also play the four.

It will be interesting how much of a factor Greg Somogyi plays and how the team will cope with the loss of Jesse Byrd. Though with the talent this team has, the front court just needs to play well.

#0 Jaime Serna

Sunday, October 25, 2009

#6 UCSB Mens Soccer vs. CS Fullerton Titans

Coming off an a loss to CS Northridge, the Gauchos got back to where they belong last night as they defeated dirty, dirty state school CS Fullerton 2-0.

With the win last night, the Gauchos are now 11-3-1 and that is more than the total amount of wins last year.

The breakthrough came in the 25th minute when David Walker sent the ball to teammate Waid Ibrahim who knew what to do with it and put it in the back of the net.

In the 33rd minute, Machael David sent a through ball to Walker who beat the Titan goalie to extend the lead to 2-0.

The crowd of 4,572 saw the home team get out shot by the Titans 13-12.

The Gauchos next game is on Wednesday vs. CS Northridge.

Corner Kicks: CSF-3 UCSB-4
Fouls: CSF-8 UCSB-16 *The Gauchos always out foul every one! Keep playing dirty!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mens Soccer Road Trip Recap

The Gauchos went on the road all over the state of California and posted a 2 win, 1 loss record.

The first game was nine days ago when the Gauchos traveled to UC Riverside to take on the Highlanders. The Gauchos started off with a bang in the first minute when David Walker scored his fifth goal of the year, tied for the team lead with Danny Barrera and Michael Nonni. Both teams didn't score the rest of the game and the Gauchos escaped with a 1-0 conference win to extend the win streak to four.

The second game was a complete lopsided victory. Danny Barrera scored twice and had an assist when Joe Eubanks scored his first career goal on the first shot of his collegiate career. The score stayed and the Gauchos won again in easy fashion over UC Davis 3-0.

The last game of the road trip wasn't so pretty. The Gauchos had a streak going of 542 minutes with out giving up a goal but then CS Northridge player Robert Pate struck a ball passed the Gaucho keeper for the 1-0 lead and eventually the win. The loss stopped the #3 UCSB winning streak at five games.

The Gauchos return to action this Saturday against Big West foe Cal State Fullerton at 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium. Be there or be square. First 1000 fans get free UCSB beanies!!!!!

Danny Barrera

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gaucho Basketball Preview (Small Forwards)

On Tuesday, I gave you a preview on the Gaucho guards. Today, I give you a preview on two of the most talented players in the conference, small forwards James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson.

The Small Forwards

The Gauchos will be returning big time scorer and clutch performer James Nunnally. As a freshman last year, he had a fantastic season averaging 7.9 points per game, third on the team. James had the biggest game of his life when he scored 22 points and recorded 7 rebounds against eventual national champ, and #1 team in the country, the North Carolina Tar Heels. He averaged 15.6 points per game and shot 62% from the field in the final five games. James will most likely play the three this year.
The other talented small forward the Gauchos will have is Orlando Johnson. He transferred from Loyola Marymount after averaging a team high 12.4 points per game. He is a big, athletic 6'5" former football player who is good at putting the ball on the floor and also shooting from the perimeter. He can play a three but with James Nunnally there, Orlando will most likely play an undersized four because of the season ending injury to Jesse Byrd.

With these two guys being such prolific scorers, the Gauchos are sure to go far in the Big West this year!

The next preview will be about the power forwards.
Go Gauchos!

James Nunnally

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gaucho Basketball Preview (The Guards)

With basketball season for the Gauchos all most here, thank god, I will be doing a series of previews of the upcoming 2009-2010 Men's basketball season. The first preview will be on the Gaucho's guards.

The Guards

The Gauchos are only losing one guard and that is defensive stopper D.J. Posley. The point guard position which produced a lot of turnovers last year will have starting point guard Justin Joyner back. Joyner was a leading assist man in the Big West during his freshman and sophomore years. He sat out last year due to a broken wrist. The shooting guard position will be held by senior three point shooter James Powell. James is one of the leading three point shooters in school history and has a career average of 10 points per game. The back up point guard duties will be held by senior Paul Roemer. Paul Roemer started 18 games last season. Then the combo guards are brothers Will and Chris Brew. They are very athletic and are solid defensive players with lots of scoring ability. The three point specialist off the bench is junior Jordan Weiner. He averaged 38% from three point range last year. The bench warming guards are newcomers Jacob Mercer (Santa Barbara City College) and Brad Lewis (Simi Valley HS).

The Gauchos are very excited with the return of point guard Justin Joyner and expect a big senior season from James Powell.

The next preview will be about the small forwards.

Go Gauchos!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Jesse Byrd done for year, UCSB career

UCSB power forward Jesse Byrd will not play his senior season due to a re-occurrence of a left knee injury that bothered him last year.
During the final minutes of the San Diego State game on Dec. 21st, Jesse suffered a torn lateral meniscus and sat the next six weeks out. He returned and played the rest of the season. During this past spring, Jesse started feeling pain again and had to have surgery for the second time on the knee. As of now, it ends Jesse Byrd's basketball career. tear, tear, tear.

"We fully support Jesse's decision," coach Bob Williams said. "We are saddened by the loss of a team-leader, both on and off the floor, but Jesse's long-term health is also our top priority. He will continue to be involved in the athletics department and with men's basketball throughout the 2009-2010 season."

Even though this is one of the toughest days for me in a while as a Gaucho fan, the hurt will most likely be healed by the return of PG Justin Joyner and the addition of transfers Orlando Johnson (Loyola Marymount) and Jon Pastorek (San Diego State). They will also have eight major contributors from 2008-09 and two talented freshman, Chris Brew and Lucas Devenny.

The Gauchos open their season up on November 14th at 7 p.m. vs. Cal State Los Angeles.

Go Gauchos and wish Jesse Byrd the best!!

#7 UCSB Mens Soccer vs. Cal Poly Mustangs

With the Big West Conference's premiere rivalry being played, the Gauchos took home the victory with a 1-0 win.

The Gauchos came running out of the gates like wild horses by taking four shots in the first eight minutes. Then the breakthrough came in the 30th minute when Michael Tetteh passed to fellow sophomore Luis Silva at the top of the box who scored his third goal of the year.

An odd situation happened when the Gaucho Locos like always throwed tortillas after the goal, the little whiners from Cal Poly complained about the tortillas. So all the players from both teams picked them up but the Locos, classy as always, kept throwing them. Take that you hippies!

UCSB out shot their arch rivals 22-8 and 9-5 on goal.

Cal Poly almost had a breakthrough in the 74th minute when Chris Gaschen fired it towards goal but Sam Hayden was there.

The Gauchos last three wins have all been shut outs!

The Gauchos resume action this Saturday at 7 p.m. vs UC Riverside.

Go Gauchos!
Key Stats:
Attendance: 5,842
Yellow Cards: CP-3 UCSB-4
Records after match: CP-4-7-0 UCSB- 8-2-1

Luis Silva

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Future Gaucho?

On a sunny afternoon in Santa Barbara, a middle school soccer game happened. It was between the visiting Mount Caramel Lancers and the Laguna Blanca Owls. The Owls won the game 5-0. They were led by Tyler Coady who scored two goals. He also had a few good crosses and was leader on the field. Those two goals were the first of his career. With the way that young kid played, he could be translating that to the Harder Stadium field one day. By the way, that kid is me.
Tyler Coady celebrates his goals!

Tyler looks for a pass!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

2009 NCAA Champions?

After destroying #9 Indiana on Friday 3-0, this UCSB team looks like a true National Championship contender. They are 7-2-1 this year with wins over UC Irvine, Rutgers, West Virginia, Indiana, and even the U17 Mexican National team. They have so many attackers on the field, no wonder they average a whopping 2.3 goals per game. Then the central midfielders, Danny Barrera and Luis Silva, are two of the best in the country and they are only sophomores. The defense is an international frenzy with Englishmen Rob Hoyle, Swedish guy Martin Hedevag, and New Zealand man, 2008 Olympian Michael Boxall playing solid. The goalie duties are led by Sam Hayden whose defense is only giving up 1.1 goals per game. And of course, the legend, the man, the coach Tim Vom Steeg who has turned a laughing stock into one of the premiere programs in the country. With a relatively young team this year, he has transformed these young men into a team that is going to keep winning. With the way these Gauchos have played this year, this December the students of UCSB could be celebrating another National Championship in the streets of Isla Vista!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

#11 UCSB Mens Soccer vs. #9 Indiana Hoosiers

With the school record of 10,114 fans and Fox Soccer Channel broadcasting the game, the Gauchos dominated the #9 team in the country by winning 3-0.

Early on though, it was all Indiana. They had three shots in the first three minutes and a couple of times should of had a goal.

After the super slow start, the Gauchos got it going. In the 39th minute, Michael Tetteh got the ball on the wing and went to town. He juked out Indiana defender Ofori Sarkodie and crossed the ball to a wide open, i mean wide open, Danny Barrera who put it in the back of the net. GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!!

Then they took no time getting on the board again when Michael Nonni put a ball up field for Machael David who juked out the Hoosier goalie for the 2-0 lead. GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!

Nonni, who assisted on the second goal, got his share of scoring when he received a cross from Barrera and put it in the netting. GOOOAAAALLLLL!!

This win was the second Fox Soccer Channel game win for the Gauchos and the second win this week over a top 25 opponent.

The Gauchos resume to action this Saturday when they take on arch rival Cal Poly at Harder Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Be there or be square!

Go Gauchos and Beat Cal Poly!!!

Key Stats:
Shots: IU-11 UCSB-14
Shots on Goal: IU-6 UCSB-4
Record after game: IU-5/3/1 UCSB-7/2/1

Thursday, September 24, 2009

UCSB Mens Basketball TV Games (As of Now)

With anticipation high on the 2009-2010 Men's Basketball season, fans will now be able to find out when the Gauchos will be on the tube. The first of four possible conference games televised, the Gauchos will host Northern Cal rival UC Davis at The Thunderdome on January 7th, 2010 at 8 p.m. Then on September 30th, one game from Big West match ups with UCSB at. Cal State Northridge being one of them. The game would air at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. Then in the Battle of the Beach, Long Beach State comes from the hood to take on our Santa Barbara ballers at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 13th on FSN Prime Ticket. The last possible match up on the home entertainment screen will be on February 24th at 7:30 p.m. on FSN West. We hope we get all four possible match ups and other games that could be televised are at Arizona State, at Cal-Berkeley, or vs. San Diego State

Go Gauchos!

Don't forget the Men's Basketball Season Tickets are on sale now at

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

#7 UCSB Mens Soccer vs. U17 Mexico National Team (Exhibition)

With the crowd of 8,425 fans favoring Mexico and the game feeling more like USA vs. Mexico, UCSB rallied from behind to win 2-1 over the Mexican nationals.

The first goal came in a Mexican dominated 1st half by Daniel Guzman who put the ball past Gaucho goalie Trond Helge Takset. Mexico out shot the Gauchos 12-5 in the first.

UCSB finally answered early in the second half when Peter McGlynn scorched the equalizer past the Mexican goalie in the 49th minute.

With a tie at the end of the game, that meant overtime. With the first 20 minutes of the overtime a stale mate, UCSB ended the match with my dad wanting to go home on a corner kick by Hispanic native Danny Barrera to Joe Eubanks who put it in for the game winner.

After the biggest turn out of the year so far, two fans stormed the field. My friend Jackson and of course, Me!

Go Gauchos!

Shots: Mexico-30 UCSB-16
Fouls: Mexico-14 UCSB-32
Yellow Cards: Mexico/UCSB-3

Saturday, September 19, 2009

UCSB Gauchos New Website

There have been a lot of changes since Mark Massari has been Athletic Director at UCSB and he just pulled another nifty, cool enhancement with the all new, multimedia website. The website has drop down windows which show schedules, each team, tickets, multimedia gadgets, and much more. At the top are quick buttons to get to the Gauchos' Facebook page, Twitter, Gametracker, UCSB's YouTube page, and more. The new main screen has pictures of the latest news that range across the screen and at the bottom little boxes which lead you to the AD Report, GKids forms, Soccer Town USA, etc... This new website will allow the Gauchos fans to have a better interactive experience.

Go Gauchos!

Upcoming Home UCSB Events (9/20-9/27):

9/22- UCSB Men's Soccer vs. U17 Mexico National Team 7:00 p.m. Harder Stadium
9/22- UCSB Women's Volleyball vs. Loyola Marymount 7:00 p.m. The Thunderdome
9/25- UCSB Women's Soccer vs. Arizona 7:00 p.m. Harder Stadium
9/25- UCSB Women's Volleyball vs. UC Riverside 7:00 p.m. The Thunderdome
9/26- UCSB Women's Volleyball vs. UC Irvine 7:00 p.m. The Thunderdome
9/27- UCSB Women's Soccer vs. UCLA 4:00 p.m. Harder Stadium
9/27- UCSB Men's Soccer vs. UC Irvine 6:30 p.m. Harder Stadium

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rutgers vs. #4 UCSB Mens Soccer

In front of a season high crowd of 3,925 fans and a National TV audience, the Gauchos showed those Jersey boys how we play soccer by beating them 4-0. That was the 4th straight win for the Gauchos and the third straight vs. a Big East Conference opponent.

The first blow came in the 18th minute when Michael Nonni's shot was deflected by Scarlet Knights goalie Jake Grenkevich to David Walkers foot for the 1-0 lead.

A few minutes later in the 28th minute, part of the 1-2 Ghana player punch, Waid Ibrahim's corner kick was deflected by the Rutgers goalie and went off the crossbar and Gauchos goalie Michael Tetteh kicked it in the goal for the 2-0 lead.

Then ten minutes later, Michael Tetteh sent in a corner kick which went to the completely unguarded Martin Hedevag which scored his third goal with his head this year. 

With the blowout already at hand, Michael Tetteh made sure it got even uglier. Right in front of my seat, Michael Tetteh used some of the most amazing footwork my thirteen year old eyes have ever seen and then passed it to Michael Nonni who headed it into the goal for the 4-0 lead.

The Gauchos out shot the Scarlet Knights 12-5 and 7-2 on goal. 

On Sunday night the Gauchos take on Loyola Marymount at 6:30 p.m.

Key Stats:

Yellow Cards: RU-2 UCSB-2
Offsides: RU-2 UCSB-3
Fouls: RU-9 UCSB-17
Corner Kicks: RU-3 UCSB-7

Monday, September 7, 2009

Walker receives recognition, Gauchos move up in rankings

After a successful week where the Gauchos went 3-0-0, they moved up to #4 in the Top Drawer Soccer (TDS) poll and #7 in the Soccer America poll.

Senior forward David Walker got some serious recognition by being named to the TDS Team of the Week! During the week, Walker recorded three goals, nine shots with seven of them being on target. He also was named the MVP of the West Virginia University/Nike Classic Tournament.

The Gauchos look to keep rolling Friday night vs. Rutgers at 8:00 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.

Go Gauchos!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

West Virginia University Nike Classic Round Up

After winning their season opener vs the cup cake opponent of the year, the Gauchos traveled to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

In a game where West Virginia set a school record for a attendance, UCSB spoiled the big celebration winning 2-0. Waid Ibrahim scored in the 15th minute. Then in the 65th minute, Gaucho senior David Walker scored on a pass from Martin Hedevag. The Mountaineers never recovered and fell to 0-1-0 while the Gauchos improved to 2-0-0.

In the rubber match up on an early September day, the Gauchos took the field vs the Panthers of Pittsburgh. With the crowd at a dismal 207, the few fans really got a show. The Panthers struck first with a goal by Ryan Brode in the 7th minute. With an answer at need, David Walker provided that with a shot to the far post which tied the game at 1 a piece. Then in the 38th minute, Pitt got back on top with a goal from Mike McDade. Then early in the second half, Danny Berrea put it in the back of the net. With the score 2-2 and late in the game, Pitt got another goal. This one came from the foot of Mike McDade to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the 81st minute. With time running out and hope slipping away, David Walker tied the game with a goal in the 87th minute which forced overtime. Then in the 110th minute, Danny Berrea sent in a cross which found Martin Hedevag's head which put the ball in the goal. The Gauchos won 4-3 in dramatic fashion.

Next up for the Gauchos are two home games at Harder Stadium. They will play Rutgers on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel. Then on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m., the Gauchos take on the Lions of Loyola Marymount!

Go Gauchos

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cal State Bakersfield vs. #10 UCSB Mens Soccer

With the start of a new season in the air, the tenth ranked Gauchos defeated their in state opponent 3-1.

The Gauchos started off with a bang by scoring in the 6th minute. On a corner kick, the Gauchos Danny Berrea's kick reached super sophomore Luis Silva who headed the ball towards Michael Nonni who used his noggin to pass it to Martin Hedevag for the goal.

In the tenth minute, dazzling footwork and super ball handling skills by Silva resulted in a stellar pass with the heel of his foot to Danny Berrea. Berrea passed it to the freshman striker Nonni who deposited it at the back of the net.

With the Gauchos out shooting the Roadrunners 17-3 in the game, it looked like this was going to be a blow out. Then, the Bakersfield footballers got good acting from there drama majors which resulted with a penalty kick. Oscar Coppieters then kicked it in the top right part of the goal, slightly kicking it past the Gaucho goalie for the goal which made the score 2-1.

Most of the second half was a stale mate until Michael Nonni dribbled it past the Bakersfield goalie to make it 3-1. This was Nonni's second of the game and in the exhibition vs. Westmont, he scored two goals in his debut.

UCSB is now 2-0-0 vs. CSU Bakersfield. The loss drops the Roadrunners to 0-1-0. The Gauchos now hit the road for the West Virginia University/Nike Classic in Morgantown, W. Va. They will play the Mountaineers of West Virginia on Friday at 5 p.m. PT. They will then play West Virginia's Backyard Brawl rivals, Pittsburgh, on Sunday at 8 a.m PT.

Go Gauchos

P.. The Gauchos mascot, Ole, who I ripped in one of my earlier posts, stole my hat and was beating up 8 year olds. How dare him!

Attendance: 2,267
Shots on Goal: CSUB-1 UCSB-7
Corner Kicks: CSUB-1 UCSB-7
Yellow Cards: CSUB-1 UCSB-2

Monday, August 31, 2009

Schedule Adds

UCSB has added games to the 2009-2010 slate for Mens Basketball. Sonoma State will come on November 7th for an exhibition and UCSB will open up the Golden Bear Classic vs Furman and if they win or lose will either play Cal Berkeley or Utah Valley.

The Odd Ole

Last March, UCSB athletics unveiled its newest creation, Ole. Ole is a giant Argentinian cowboy or other known as a gaucho. He made his soccer game debut the other night and I looked at my self and said, "what is that?" Ole just walked around, giving high fives, and hugging people. He didn't do any cheering and didn't hang out with the locos that much. I am a kid who has no relation with UCSB except being a fan and I cheer more than there mascot. My three year old brother cheers more than the mascot. He is an interesting looking dude but I would rather just have that middle aged white guy, the Fantom of the Dome, be the mascot. Maybe get a dance team member to be the mascot. Oh Yeah! All I am saying is now that there is this big, giant headed, mute mascot that the Gauchos have, we have lost respectability and now should join the club of bad looking mascots.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Westmont vs. #10 UCSB Gauchos Mens Soccer

In front of a strong 2,341 fans, The Gauchos kicked off their season the right way by defeating their cross town rivals 3-1 at Harder Stadium.

Westmont, the clear underdog, struck first on a goal by Ben Gordon in the 59th minute which silenced the Gaucho faithful and gave the Westmont fans something to cheer about.

It took 14 minutes for the Gauchos to strike back but when they did they scored a bonanza of goals. In the 74th and 79th, Freshman striker Michael Nonni deposited two goals in the back of the net. Then in the 85th minute, Martin Hedevag was able to explode past the Westmont defense and give the Gauchos an extra insurance goal.

UCSB out shot the Warriors 21-7 and 9-4 on shots on goal. David Walker and Michael Tetteh led the Gauchos with 4 goals a piece.

The Gauchos next game is on September 1st when CS Bakersfield comes to Harder Stadium to take on the #10 Gauchos!

Go Gauchos!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009-2010 UCSB Mens Basketball Schedule

The long wait is over. The schedule has come out! I don't know if you are as excited as I am but I am happy with how it turned out. The big time games for the Gauchos this year are home contests versus Weber State and California rival San Diego State. Then in late December, the Gauchos travel to Arizona State and then to the Cal Classic Tournament. The conference slate starts out with road contests at UC Irvine and UC Riverside. They're going down baby. Here is the full schedule!
vs. Cal State Los Angeles
vs. Weber State
vs. San Francisco
at Loyola Marymount
vs. Santa Clara
vs. San Diego State
at Montana State
at Arizona State
12/28-12/29 Cal Classic Tournament
Berkeley, Calif.
at UC Irvine *
at UC Riverside *
vs. UC Davis *
vs. Pacific *
at Long Beach State *
vs. UC Riverside *
vs. Cal State Fullerton *
vs. Cal Poly *
at Cal State Northridge *
at UC Davis *
at Pacific *
vs. Long Beach State *
at Cal State Fullerton *
Bracket Buster
vs. Cal State Northridge *
at Cal Poly *
vs. UC Irvine *
03/10-3/13Big West Tournament Anaheim, Calif.
*-Big West Conference Game
All Home games start at 7:00 p.m. PT

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New UCSB Logo

Out with the old, and in with the new. The UCSB Athletic Department has published and created five new logos for the Gauchos. The new logos have a primary new color, Pacific blue, and still the good old Gaucho gold. On uniforms you will see a normal UCSB or a Santa Barbara or Gauchos reading. Mark Massari, the UCSB Athletic Director, said it was time to separate ourselves from the pack. "Being a UC and having the same colors as the other nine schools is really unique and cool, but we needed to separate ourselves," Director of Athletics Mark Massari said. "We accomplished that with Pacific blue and Gaucho gold. Grabbing consistency in branding and design was very important. We now have standards in fonts, logos and color schemes, plus we are playing to our strengths in use of UCSB and Santa Barbara names and Gaucho mascot and his 'Hat.' I'm excited and I hope Gauchos fans are as well." The new Nike gear will sport the new logos starting this week with a women's soccer game tonight and a men's game vs. Westmont on Saturday. Fans will also be able to purchase new shirts, sweatshirts, novelty items at the games this week and starting on September 1st will be able to buy from a wide selection of Gaucho Gear!
Here are some pictures of the new logos!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gaucho Picture Tour #5

Today it continues with the 2007-2008 Gauchos most improved player and the best hustler on the team, Paul Roemer.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Gaucho Picture Tour #4

This week it continues with PG Justin Joyner. As a freshman and sophomore was the starting point guard for the Gauchos but redshirted this past season. He will be the starter this upcoming season! Enjoy!

Chris Devine signs with Belgium Team

Chris Devine! Belgium League! A few days ago UCSB legend and '09 graduate Chris Devine signed with Belgium League 1 team VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Chris Devine will be on a team that he will be a starting on and will try to lead back to the Belgium postseason. Chris talked to some NBA teams such as the Spurs and Lakers but was not drafted. Chris will be a solid European player from years to come. Go Gauchos!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gaucho Picture Tour #3

Today it continues with James Nunnally who vs. North Carolina had 22 points and 7 rebounds.
Nunnally for Naismith! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gaucho Picture Tour #2

This week it continues with Class of 2009 Graduate, 3rd all time Leading Scorer, and 4 Time all League Performer, Chris Devine!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gaucho Basketball Summer League Players

While most players on the Gauchos are working out at local gyms at home or going and hanging out with high school friends, these overachievers are competing in European Championships, Nike Tournaments, and the SF Bay Basketball League.

Gaucho Sophomore Center Greg Somogyi, a native of Hungary, is competing in the U20 European Championships. Competing against the best 20 year olds of Europe in Skopje, Macedonia, Somogyi has averaged 7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 3 bpg. Against the Slovak Republic, Greg had 10 points, 6 blocks, and 5 rebounds.

The two swing man sophomores for the Gauchos, James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson, have been competing in the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am League. Orlando has had averages of 25.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 2.5 spg. Former Gaucho Alex Harris (Class of 2008, All-Time Leading Scorer in UCSB History) has also been competing in the league.

The last two Gauchos competing in summer basketball are LA natives James Powell and Jaime Serna. They have been competing in the highly touted Nike Rod Smith Say No Classic.

This can only mean good things for the Gauchos main players next season!

Gaucho Picture Tour

Every few days I will show some great pictures of current and former Gaucho Players!
This week: Senior G James Powell #42

Nike Jersey Follow Up

After talking to Bob Williams again, I am pleased to announce that the Gauchos colors on uniforms are:
and instead of those ugly yellow Adidas ones from last year

The style of the jerseys has not been released.

Monday, July 20, 2009

UCSB will be styling in Nike

With my investigated reporting, I talked to Bob Williams and he said UCSB will be dropping Adidas and get some new Nike uniforms next season! Lets hope this maybe makes a difference in us winning the conference tourney! I will have pictures soon!