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August 2, 2011

Nov. 4 Matchup at UC Santa Barbara Set for Fox Soccer Channel

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's soccer program will play before a national television audience for the second successive season following the recent announcement by Fox Soccer Channel that the program's Nov. 4 showdown versus UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium has been added to the NSCAA College Game of the Week lineup. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last season on Fox Soccer Channel, 8,125 fans – the 13th-largest regular season attendance figure in NCAA history – packed Cal Poly's Alex G. Spanos Stadium to watch Mustang forward Chris Gaschen strike in the 93rd minute and send UC Santa Barbara to a 2-1 defeat. The Mustangs also appeared on FSC in 2008 as a sellout crowd of 11,075 spectators at Spanos Stadium – the seventh-largest regular season attendance figure – saw UC Santa Barbara prevail in double-overtime, 1-0.

Topping the charts of CollegeSoccerNews.com's 14 Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer, the Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara matchup has, since 2007, drawn six of the top-14 regular season crowd figures in NCAA history. During the last four seasons, 73,602 total spectators and an average of 7,360 fans per match have witnessed Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara clash on 10 occasions.

"We're very excited to play again on Fox Soccer Channel and bring our central coast rivalry with UC Santa Barbara to a national television audience. There is no love lost between these two schools and because of the passion on both sides, the match is very deserving of being named the top rivalry in the nation," said sixth-year Cal Poly head coach Paul Holocher, whose Mustangs host the Gauchos on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. "We expect the crowds for the two matches between Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara to be at capacity again and the fact that we have fans driving from both northern and southern California to watch is unheard of in college soccer."

Cal Poly returns seven regular starters from a 2010 side that finished 8-7-3 overall and posted a fourth-successive top-three showing in the Big West Conference standings with a 5-3-2 mark. Last season's Mustangs, who contested the 15th-toughest schedule in Division I soccer and finished 3-3-1 against programs that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, reached the semifinal round of the Big West Tournament for the third-successive season.

Cal Poly opens the 2011 regular season with five straight home matches, beginning with a 7 p.m. contest versus UNLV on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Mustangs will also host exhibitions versus California (7 p.m.) on Aug. 13 and UC Santa Cruz (5 p.m.) on Aug. 21.