On Friday, September 16 at 7pm, the No. 6 UCSB Gauchos (4-0-1) will face the Bruins of UCLA (2-2-1) in juego numero seis of this men’s soccer season. The Gauchos drew against Villanova on Sunday after winning four straight to start the season, while the Bruins have won two in a row after dropping out of the rankings without a victory in their first three games.
There’s a long history between these two teams that dates back to 1967, the second season of UCSB Soccer. The first match ended in a 3-1, in favor of the Bruins. Historically, UCLA has had the upper-hand, as the Bruins have taken 30 of the 37 games from the Gauchos, while UCSB has triumphed over UCLA only four times. If you’re wondering why 30+4 doesn’t add up to 37, there were three draws.
But it’s not just about wins and losses. It’s when the wins happens. And NOBODY knows that better than these two teams.
Flashback to the 2006 season:
October 5, 2006 – Santa Barbara, CA (No. 7 UCLA 3, No. 28 UCSB 1)
The 6-4 Gauchos faced the 7-2-2 Bruins at home in Harder Stadium. The No. 7-ranked UCLA came out ahead with a 3-1 victory.
But the Gauchos turned the season around in a hurry, as they went 11-2-1 after that loss, including keeping their opponents scoreless seven times out of those last 14 games.
December 3, 2006 – St. Louis, MO (UCLA 1, UCSB 2)
The Gauchos scored once in the first half and once in the second half of the National Championship Game to take a 2-0 lead over the Bruins, but in the 79th minute, the Bruins took a goal back. But the pressure from UCSB overwhelmed UCLA, and the Gauchos edged the Bruins for an NCAA National Championship.
So there you have it. The history between these two teams sets the scene for what is guaranteed to be one for the ages on Friday night.
Alex Schlick and Mitchell Clements will start the pregame show at 6:45pm, and kickoff is set for 7pm.
A post with the direct link to the streaming audio from the game will be on this site at 6:30pm on game day.
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