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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gaucho Men's Soccer Make Sweet 16

I just got back from seeing the UCSB Gaucho Men's soccer team beat Washington 1-0 to make the Sweet 16 tonight in front of 9,000 fans at Harder Stadium --- just one night after our basketball team beat rival UNLV with a 3-pointer at the buzzer that made ESPN.

Let's hope the Gaucho touch continues when they play Ohio State on December 2nd in the Big Dance. If they win, there will be another home game at Harder Stadium only because improbable Bradley beat #4 Indiana tonight. Will our Gauchos continue as national champions? Hard to say as the #1 seed Boston College lost to UMASS tonight in a surprising come from behind victory. Here's the bracket.

Perhaps the Gaucho's ultra-defensive posture in the second half of this game was the best move after all considering the trouble other powerhouses had in the tournament.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took the long way home from my office last night so that I could ride by Harder Stadium as it filled up with fans. It's wonderful to see 9000 people gathering for a common event. This stuff makes me proud of our education-centric town.

Go Gauchos (and Vaqueros, and Warriors, et. al.)

Don Lubach

11/29/2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Elite Eight home match at Harder would be HUGE.

The community needs to rediscover the men's hoops team as well - they could have a special year and their new style is fun to watch.

If you like to talk Gaucho sports, the message board is another local SB corner of the web.

11/29/2007 8:55 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

So how come UCSB doesn't have a football team? Even though I coughed up a big chunk of change to help send them to SA, I still think soccer is a sissy, boring French game that real men don't engage in. There's a reason why it is so beloveded by the soccer mommies...My six yr old niece however looks sooo cute in her little uniform.

Whatever happened to those great Int'l Rugby tournaments? Oh yeah, the sissy admin thought it was too violent, people partied too much and the community had too much fun....besides, they needed all the real estate to build Condo Canyon on El Colegio.

I wonder if UC has plans to put up a museum showing how life used to be on campus and in the Good Land before they totally screwed it up?

If I hear one more whine about how we need more soccer fields....

12/02/2007 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a lot of new soccer fields in this town. Pave over the unused tennis courts would be a good place to start. Get rid of those white-elephants for the few and create playing spaces for the many.

Soccer is true athleticism. Those guys run and play hard all game long and have to change from offense to defense on a split second notice.

This game is loved by everyone around the world except in the US, and can be played with tremendous flexibility in a lot of crazy places.

It is wonderful skill building, but has gotten ruined in the US by being overly organized instead of just exuberent, pick-up fun.

12/02/2007 8:34 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

sa1 -- you clearly have never played soccer bro! It's not Rugby and it is definitely not US football. Soccer players don't get a chance to rest between plays as the next chance for goal could be when you are out of air and your legs are heavy.

If you had ever been the receiving end of a cleats up tackle -- you might say different!

12/02/2007 11:07 PM  

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