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Gauchos Get Back in Win Column by Defeating Yale

The Gauchos started off the University of San Diego Tournament with a win over Yale, 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16).

With the win, UCSB's record improves to 7-5, while Yale's fell to an even 3-3. The Gauchos move to a perfect 3-0 all-time against Ivy League opponents.

Freshman libero Taylor Formico entered the UC Santa Barbara record book with her performance on Sept. 14. Formico recorded 30 digs for the fourth time this season, tying the Gaucho rally-scoring era record set by Kristin Nelson in 2004. Formico has 21 matches, including the entire conference slate, to surpass the record.

The Gauchos started off slow against their Ivy League opponent, but were able to pick up steam throughout the match, ultimately holding the Bulldogs under 20 points in each of the final three games.

UC Santa Barbara received contributions from a number of players, highlighting their bench depth. Leah Sully led the squad in kills with 16. Freshman middle blocker Britton Taylor was second with 10 kills, but also led all players with a .474 hitting percentage.

Gauchos Take Sixth at Northern California Invitational

No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (8-2) split its final two matches at the Northern California Invitational, which was hosted by Stanford, to take sixth place at the tournament. The Gauchos posted an 8-4 victory over No. 8 Pepperdine before falling to No. 6 UC Irvine, 12-11, in overtime during the fifth-place game.

In the first game of the day, UC Santa Barbara got out to a 5-2 lead at halftime and built that lead to 7-4 in the third quarter. The Gauchos tallied another goal in the fourth while shutting down the Waves to post the 8-4 victory.

Matt Gronow and Bryce Miller, who had two goals apiece, led UC Santa Barbara in the win. Myles Christian tallied 11 saves in goal.

During the fifth-place game against UC Irvine, the two teams each opened with three goals in the first quarter and then piled on two more in the second to remain deadlocked at 5-5 at halftime.

Achille Campion

Three-Goal Second Half Leads No. 6 Gauchos to Victory Over San Diego

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara used a trio of second-half goals to overcome San Diego at Torero Stadium on Friday evening in a non-conference match. Freshman Ema Boateng scored his first collegiate goal to capture the victory for the Gauchos; senior Josue Madueno and junior Achille Campion added a pair of insurance goals to lead UC Santa Barbara to the 3-0 win.

With the victory, UC Santa Barbara remains undefeated and improves to 4-0-1 on the season.

The Gauchos out-shot USD, 10-5, in the first half, but could not break through the Torero defense until the second half, and they did so in a big way.

Boateng got the ball rolling in the 69th minute when he split two defenders 45-yards from the goal before dashing up the field and sending a left-footed shot from 25-yards out to the back post in the upper left hand corner of the Torero goal.

Before the Gaucho fans had time to stop celebrating the 1-0 lead, UC Santa Barbara gave them another reason to cheer just two minutes later when senior Josue Madueno's right-footed blast landed in the San Diego goal.

UC Santa Barbara capped the match off with one last strike in the 78th minute. Senior Peter McGlynn played a through ball from the right side of the box to junior Achille Campion who re-directed the ball past D'Arrigo with a right heel kick. The goal brought his team-leading total to four so far this season.

UCSB app

UCSB Athletics

UCSB Athletics has unveiled the Gauchos Mobile App for the iPhone and Android operating systems.

The app features an events calendar allowing fans to check in at events and earn rewards, the latest UCSB headlines and video features and highlights, and the ability to share your Gaucho pride by syncing with your Facebook page.

The Gauchos Mobile App is available by searching "UCSB Gauchos" in the Apple and Android App stores.

For more information, go to http://www.ucsbgauchos.com/fan_zone/Mobile_App/UCSB_Gauchos_App.

Indiana Mead

UCSB Parlays First Half Explosion Into 3-1 Win Over USF

UC Santa Barbara entered Sept. 14's match against the University of San Francisco (3-3-3) with two goals in its first six outings, but during a 15 minute span of the first half the Gauchos (2-4-1) scored three goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit en route to a 3-1 win at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

Abigail Phillips gave USF a 1-0 lead just 3:14 into the match, pounding home a shot from the left corner of the goal box off of an assist from Mackenzie Krieser.

From that point on, it was all UC Santa Barbara.

Freshman Sara Feder faked USF goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel one direction and directed a shot inside the right side of the goal to tie the game at 1-1. The goal, which came at the 19:21 mark, was the first of Feder's career.

UC Santa Barbara took a 2-1 lead at 24:59 when another freshman, Angelisa Cortez, received a pass from sophomore Indiana Mead, and pounded a one-timer from just outside the right side of the 18-yard box. It was the first goal of Cortez's career.

The Gauchos kept the pressure on, scoring their third goal in the 35th minute.

Sophomore Miranda Cornejo made it 3-1 at the 34:14 mark when she blasted home a shot from just outside the box off of a short pass from Lauren Kennedy.

Chris Pontius

Alum Chris Pontius Signs New Contract With D.C. United

D.C. United announced today the club has signed midfielder/forward Chris Pontius ’09 to a new long-term contract. The 25-year-old is the club’s longest tenured player and is leading the team this year with 10 goals in 24 games (19 starts). Per club and League policy, exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m obviously very happy today,” said United midfielder/forward Chris Pontius. “D.C. has been very good to me — the organization, the fans, and the community — and I’m committed to bringing this team back to where it needs to be.”

Pontius is enjoying his best season to date in Major League Soccer. He leads the Black-and-Red with 10 goals, which also puts him in the top fifteen across the League. During April, Pontius was unanimously selected by the North American Soccer Reporters as Player of the Week, making him the only player to be a two-time unanimous selection. Pontius has six game-winning goals — second most in MLS — and has helped lead D.C. United to a 12-10-5 record and sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

In mid-July, Pontius was selected to the 2012 MLS All-Star team for the first time and was a part of the team that defeated Chelsea FC (England) 3-2. Pontius earned the game’s Most Valuable Player award after scoring the game-tying goal in the 73rd minute and assisting on Eddie Johnson's game-winner in the 91st.


Former Gaucho Somogyi Signs Contract With Los Angeles Lakers

Former UC Santa Barbara center Greg Somogyi signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Sept. 5. Somogyi, who played with the Lakers Summer League team in Las Vegas in August, inked a one-year, non-guaranteed contract and will join them for training camp in October.

The 7-foot-3 native of Budapest played four years at UC Santa Barbara and had career averages of 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He finished his career ranked second in school history with 189 blocked shots. Somogyi also set a Gaucho record for blocks in a game with eight against Fresno State in 2010.

In addition to Somogyi, James Nunnally signed a contract to play with Kavala BC in the top league in Greece. Nunnally arrived in Greece on Sept. 5 to begin his new career.

In June, UC Santa Barbara star Orlando Johnson was drafted early in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. The Kings quickly traded his rights to the Indiana Pacers, with whom Johnson signed a three-year contract. He will report to the Pacers' training camp in October