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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: OCTOBER 7-20

“The biggest week of the season is coming up,” UCSB soccer coach Tim Vom Steeg said after the Gaucho men thumped Cal State Fullerton 3-0 Wednesday night at Harder Stadium. He was talking about three games the Gauchos will play in six days starting next Tuesday when Cal Poly visits UCSB’s “Soccer Heaven.” On Friday, October 15, nationally ranked Duke will come into town for a televised game (Fox Soccer Channel). Two days later, the Gauchos will travel to UC Riverside.

UCSB (5-3-2 overall, 2-1 Big West) has won two consecutive games since a frustrating 1-0 loss at Fullerton last week. The Gauchos attacked the Titans with a vengeance in the return match. They fired off 20 shots in the first half, 11 of them directed at the goal. But not until the 37th minute did they beat the goalkeeper when Joe Eubanks scored off an assist from Michael Nonni. A minute later, Sam Garza made it 2-0 when he fired an 18-yard shot high into the left corner. “A world-class goal,” Vom Steeg said.

James Kiffe scored his first goal as a Gaucho in the second half. He came up from his defensive position made a run toward the goal as Danny Barerra centered the ball. Kiffe hammered it into the net. “Danny made it easy for me,” said Kiffe, who was a productive scorer at San Marcos High and collected nine goals at SBCC in 2007.

Kiffe’s goal was short-handed, as Gaucho defender Michael Boxall received a red card in the second half. Boxall will miss the Cal Poly game, as will goalkeeper Sam Hayden, who is serving a three-game suspension for touching the referee at the end of last week’s game at Fullerton. Eric Reyes earned his second victory between the posts Wednesday.

The Gaucho women’s soccer team has a pair of home games this weekend, Friday night against Cal State Northridge and Sunday afternoon against UC Irvine.

In high school football Friday night, Carpinteria and Dos Pueblos will put three-game winning streaks on the line. Carpinteria will host Grace Brethren, while Dos Pueblos travels to face an undefeated Canyon team at Canyon Country.

Carpinteria’s stadium will be the site of a memorial tribute to teacher and coach John Ward at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

See the “special events” listing at the end of this sports calendar for several charitable walks and runs.

Thursday, October 7

High school girls golf – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, S.B. Golf Club, 2:30 p.m.

High school boys water polo – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Santa Paula at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

Friday, October 8

High school girls volleyball – Viewpoint at Laguna Blanca, 6 p.m.

High school football – Nordhoff at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Oxnard Pacifica, 7 p.m.; Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.; St. Genevieve at Bishop Diego, SBCC La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Canyon, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 9

High school football (8-man) – East Valley at Cate, 2 p.m.; Laguna Blanca at Santa Clarita Christian, 7 p.m.

College football – SBCC at Santa Monica, 6 p.m.

Semipro football – Compton Panthers at Central Coast Seminoles, Santa Ynez High, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – UCSB at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 10

College women’s soccer – UC Irvine at UCSB, 1 p.m.

Monday, October 11

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, October 12

High school girls tennis – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 2:30 p.m.

High school girls golf – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 2:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Fresno Pacific at Westmont, 3 p.m.; Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Buena at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Ventura at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Malibu at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Cal Poly at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 7 p.m.; Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 13

High school girls tennis – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 2:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Fresno Pacific at Westmont, 3 p.m.

Thursday, October 14

High school girls golf – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, Glen Annie GC, 2:30 p.m.

High school boys water polo – Buena at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Villanova Prep at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.

Friday, October 15

High school boys water polo – Loyola at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school football – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Fillmore at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Malibu, 7:30 p.m. Eight-man – Cate at Lancaster Baptist, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer – UC Davis at UCSB, 5 p.m.; Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Duke at UCSB, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 16

College men’s water polo – Alumni at UCSB, 12 p.m.

High school football (8-man) – Thacher at Laguna Blanca, 3 p.m.

College football – L.A. Pierce at SBCC, La Playa Stadium, 6 p.m.

Semipro football – Southern California Apaches at Central Coast Seminoles, Santa Ynez High, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – California Baptist at Westmont, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 17

College men’s water polo – Stanford at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Pacific at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.

Monday, October 18

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19

High school boys water polo – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.; Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 3 p.m.; Hancock at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 20

High school girls tennis – Palos Verdes at Santa Barbara, 2:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 3 p.m.

High school boys water polo – Ventura at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Laguna Blanca at Cate, 4:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at UC Davis, 7 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, October 9 – Santa Barbara 5K Heart Walk, Chase Palm Park, 10 a.m. sbheartwalk.com.

Sunday, October 10 – Goleta Valley Cycling Club People Powered Ride (century, metric century and 30-miler), Hans Christian Andersen Park, Solvang, 6:30 a.m. active.com.

Saturday, October 16 – Environmental Defense Center “Ride on the Wild Side,’ 10-mile or 39-mile bike rides, EDC office (906 Garden Street), 7 a.m. EnvironmentalDefenseCenter.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2.4 miles, East Beach, 8 a.m. walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Alzheimers’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 10 a.m. alz.org.

Sunday, October 17 – Cancer Center 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run, Montecito Union School, 8 a.m. ccsb.org.

Saturday, October 23 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders. santabarbaracentury.org.

Saturday, November 6 – Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. Half Marathon, Tuckers Grove to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. sbimarathon.com.

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