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West Coast College Notes: Tough test for UCSB, RPI rankings released and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The season hasn't gone according to plan for UCSB, but the Gauchos are about to have their chance to show country their strength against No. 19 Duke at Isla Vista on Friday.

The Gauchos are coming off a victory over Cal Poly in a win that UCSB needed to keep their pace on the national scene as the showdown in Isla Vista will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel. UCSB is currently riding a three-game winning streak and a victory against the Blue Devils would catapult UCSB back into the national rankings. 

Here are some more West Coast College Notes:

ONLY TWO WEST COAST SCHOOLS IN INITIAL RPI RANKING

The California Golden Bears and the UCLA Bruins were the only west coast universities listed in the initial RPI rankings that were released on Tuesday morning. The RPI is released by the NCAA and are the most important factor when determining the rankings for the match ups in the NCAA tournament. The Golden Bears are ranked No.13 and the Bruins are ranked No.20. 

The shocker is that the No.9 UC Irvine Anteaters are currently unranked in the RPI 25. 

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT BURSTS ONTO THE SCENE

The West Coast Conference was supposed to be dominated by the University of Portland, but a new challenger has taken a hold of the reigns. The Loyola Marymount Lions are currently 9-3-1 and undefeated in conference play with a record of 5-0-0. 

Led by captain and Hermann Trophy Watch List midfielder Rafael Baca and leading scorers sophomore David Ponce and junior Artur Jozkowicz, the Lions are currently ranked No.24 in the NSCAA rankings. Loyola Marymount remained perfect in the West Coast Conference play with a 2-1 OT victory over San Diego in which Ponce tallied twice for the Lions.

MATCHES OF THE WEEK

Other than UCSB vs. Duke , the matches of the week center around No.11 UCLA's trip to Northern California. The Bruins will take on Stanford on Friday before traveling to Berkeley to take on the Golden Bears.

With both schools ranked in the RPI 25 and undefeated in conference play, the match will have a major effect on the NCAA rankings and which school will ultimately win the the Pac-10.Cal's captain A.J. Soares is coming off being named conference player of the week and will be eager to put the Golden Bears in front of the Bruins in the Pac-10.

Comments

  1. matt… it’s ok. your beloved anteaters will get destroyed by the Gauchos from up north later this season. oh and a correction there. In 2006, the UCSB Gauchos won the Big West, not Irvine. oh and they also won the National title that year 🙂

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  2. bob, I totally agree.

    That was the problem when I played there and remains the same way today.

    For most “big time” schools (i.e. Indiana, Virginia, UCLA, Akron, Wake Forest), there is no “up-side” to playing a team like UCI. If they beat UCI, they’re supposed to and it has no great effect.

    If they lose to UCI on the otherhad, the downside is huge!

    So, therein lies the problem. The traditional powerhouses will always maintain high RPI’s because it is in their best interest to maintain a stacked schedule against one another.

    Okay, I’m off my soap box.

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  3. Maybe if UCI played a tougher schedule it would get more recognition… they are like the Boise State or Utah of soccer. UCI plays a cupcake schedule against the likes of Sac State, Air Force, CSU Bakersfield, etc.

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  4. yup no love for the anteaters. I am currently a student here and it’s like no one even knows we have a nationally ranked team, its quite sad. I started school here in 07 and i remember them not making the ncaa tournament the year before (brad evans was a player here then) even though they had like the best record in the big west.

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