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COLLEGE/D1 MEN: UCLA-UCSB sets attendance mark

UC Santa Barbara's fans, widely acknowledged as the most rabid in college soccer, turned out in record numbers to watch the Gauchos beat UCLA, 2-0, last weekend. The crowd count was 15,896, the largest to see a game at Harder Stadium, the site of this year's NCAA Division I men's College Cup final four.

Ghanaian freshman David Opoku and junior midfielder Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks/Westlake HS) scored late goals to lift UCSB (3-2-2), which returned to Soccer America's (at 17th) and College Soccer News' (at 23rd) top 25s with its third successive shutout victory. The Gauchos were as high as fifth in preseason rankings. UCLA dropped from 15th to 20th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

The attendance in Friday night's game was the third-largest in college soccer history, trailing two St. Louis-SIU Edwardsville showdowns in 1980 (22,512) and 1973 (20,112), and the largest to see a game at an on-campus facility. The previous high at Harder was 10,114 for a game against Indiana last season.

"You have to enjoy victories like tonight because it's hard to get these kinds of win in this type of atmosphere," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg told reporters afterward. "I said over the weekend that we have found ourselves a little bit, and a big win like tonight will certainly push us forward."

UCLA rebounded with a 3-2 win Sunday at Cal State Fullerton, with freshman Reed Williams (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) scoring an 85th-minute winner. Evan Raynr (Calabasas/Viewpoint HS) and U.S. youth national-teamer Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Edison Academic Center) also tallied for the Bruins, who open their Pacific 10 Conference slate at home with games Friday against Washington and Sunday against Oregon State.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nick Goldreich (Pasadena/St. Francis HS) made 14 saves as UC Riverside continued its rise with a 1-0 triumph over Air Force and a 1-1 overtime draw with West Coast Conference favorite Loyola Marymount. The Highlanders, who won just once last season, are 3-3-1 and have lost just once in their past four games.

Goldreich made six stops in the victory over Air Force, with a 60th-minute goal by Jimmy Martinez (Moreno Valley/Rancho Valley HS) standing up for UCR. Goldreich saved eight shots against LMU; Arnie Sanchez (Perris/Perris HS) scored in the 84th minute to force overtime.

ANTEATERS BACK ON TRACK: UC Irvine bounced back from last week's loss at Sacramento State with two more shutout victories, its sixth and seventh of the season, in 4-0 routs of Cal State Bakersfield and UNLV in Las Vegas. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Fontein, who is from Las Vegas, took sole possession of the Anteaters' career shutouts record and then extended it with his 15th and 16th clean sheets.

UCI (7-1-0) is No. 12 in the NSCAA poll and No. 9 in College Soccer News' rankings.

Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS), Joel Bagby (Huntington Beach/Edison HS), Gray Bailey (Huntington Beach/Huntington Beach HS)and Brett Berman (Westlake Village/Westlake HS) scored in the victory over Bakersfield, and Amani Walker netted two goals -- one on a penalty kick -- and an assist against UNLV.

UCI opens Big West Conference play Wednesday night at home against UC Riverside. Cal State Fullerton also plays its conference opener Wednesday, against UC Santa Barbara at Titan Statdium. Cal State Northridge begins Big West play Saturday night at Fullerton.

NOTES: Cal State Northridge notched its first victory of the season, routing Air Force, 4-0, as Rafael Garcia (Canoga Park/Canoga Park HS) set up a couple of goals. The Matadors' best goal of the week was a bicycle kick by Mattias Bonhevi (Lake Balboa/El Camino Real HS) in a 2-1 overtime loss at San Francisco. ... Artur Jozkowicz scored his third and fourth goals of the season to lead Loyola Marymount past Cal Poly, 4-1. Rafael Baca (Lawndale/Animo Leadership HS) had his fifth assist in the tie at UCR. LMU plays at San Francisco and St. Mary's this weekend to start its West Coast Conference schedule. ... Nick Posthuma (Pasadena/St. Francis HS) scored his fourth goal in Cal State Fullerton's loss to UCLA.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE

UCLA (5-2-1)

Friday: UC Santa Barbara 2 (Opoku 75, Barrera 90), UCLA 0

Sunday: Cal State Fullerton 2 (Nelson 35, Posthuma 76), UCLA 3 (Raynr 33, Arreola 64, Williams 85)

This week: Friday vs. Washington, Sunday vs. Oregon State

BIG WEST CONFERENCE

CAL STATE FULLERTON (1-4-2)

Sunday: Cal State Fullerton 2 (Nelson 35, Posthuma 76), UCLA 3 (Raynr 33, Arreola 64, Williams 85)

This week: Wednesday vs. UC Santa Barbara, Saturday vs. Cal State Northridge

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (1-6-1)

Friday: San Francisco 2 (Smith 48, Englund 109), Cal State Northridge 1 (Bonvehi 74), OT

Sunday: Cal State Northridge 4 (Rojas 46, Rosas 60, Anguiano 64, Ball 79), Air Force 0

This week: Saturday at Cal State Fullerton

UC IRVINE (7-1-0)

Friday: UC Irvine 4 (Ibarra 35, Bagby 37, Bailey 64, Berman 72), Cal State Bakersfield 0

Sunday: UNLV 0, UC Irvine 4 (Walker 51, pen. 64, Thompson 58, Tom 70)

This week: Wednesday vs. UC Riverside, Saturday at Drake

UC RIVERSIDE (3-3-1)

Friday: UC Riverside 1 (Martinez 60), Air Force 0

Sunday: UC Riverside 1 (Sanchez 84), Loyola Marymount 1 (Da Silva 37), OT

This week: Friday vs. Air Force, Sunday vs. Loyola Marymount

WEST COAST CONFERENCE

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (4-3-1), Westchester

Thursday: Cal Poly 1 (Hustedt 58), Loyola Marymount 3 (Reiter 12, Da Silva 35, Jozkowicz 47, 65)

Sunday: UC Riverside 1 (Sanchez 84), Loyola Marymount 1 (Da Silva 37), OT

This week: Friday at San Francisco, Sunday at St. Mary’s