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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: NOVEMBER 3-22

“Lights, cameras, action” — that call worked for UCSB’s soccer team a month ago, and the Gaucho men hope it works again Friday night, November 4, when they conclude the regular season with a Big West Conference match against Central Coast rival Cal Poly at 7 p.m. It is the national game of the week on the Fox Soccer Channel. The last time the network televised a UCSB game, on October 5, the Gauchos knocked off defending national champion Akron 3-2 in overtime.

It has been an up-and-down journey for the Gauchos. They have been riddled by injuries, and after a 3-2 loss to UC Riverside, they fell to sixth place in the conference with a 2-4 record. Since then, they have won three in a row, including a dramatic 3-2 victory at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday night. The winning goal came with 19 seconds remaining in overtime when a hard shot by UCSB’s Luis Silva found the back of the net. The victory assured the Gauchos a place in next week’s Big West Tournament along with UC Irvine which has clinched the regular-season title, UC Davis and UC Riverside.

Cal Poly defeated the Gauchos 2-1 in San Luis Obispo last month. The winning goal came on a penalty kick in the final minute and added to the heated rivalry between the teams. A capacity crowd of 11,075 attended the match. UCSB will try to top that Friday night, announcing a goal of filling Harder Stadium to its capacity of 16,300.

Silva is one of five seniors to be honored prior to kickoff. The others are James Kiffe, Gaby Okito, Waid Ibrahim, and Tim Pontius.

In other college soccer action, SBCC is poised to capture its first Western State Conference women’s championship. The Vaqueros moved to the inside track with a 2-1 victory over Ventura, ending a nine-game losing skid against the Pirates. Jessica Domenichelli converted a penalty kick, her 25th goal of the season, for the winning margin. The SBCC women play Moorpark at 6 p.m. Friday at La Playa Stadium in their last regular-season home game.

Westmont’s women face top-seeded Point Loma Nazarene on the road Saturday in the Golden State Athletic Conference semifinals. The Warriors blanked Concordia 4-0 in the quarterfinal round. Westmont men’s season ended in the final minute of their playoff game when top-seeded Fresno Pacific scored for a 2-1 victory.

Westmont made some history in women’s volleyball this week by defeating Fresno Pacific for the first time in 17 years. The Warriors host Concordia, the NAIA’s top-ranked team, on Saturday night.

UCSB hosts California and Pacific in men’s water polo this weekend.

Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara High are both in the running for a CIF football playoff berth. They meet Friday night at Peabody Stadium. The playoffs in girls volleyball, boys water polo, and girls tennis start next week.

Thursday, November 3

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

High school girls volleyball — Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

College men’s basketball — Alaska-Anchorage at Westmont, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 4

College men’s soccer — Moorpark at SBCC, 2 p.m.; Cal Poly at UCSB, 7 p.m.

High school boys water polo — Royal at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

College women’s soccer — Westmont at Pt. Loma Nazarene (GSAC Tournament semifinals), 2 p.m.; Moorpark at SBCC, 6 p.m.

High school football — Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Ventura at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Carpinteria at Nordhoff, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.; UC Irvine at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

College men’s water polo — California at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College football — SBCC at West L.A., 1 p.m.

High school 8-man football — Ojai Valley at Laguna Blanca, 3 p.m.; Cate at Dunn, 3 p.m.

College men’s basketball — UC Merced at Westmont, 4 p.m.; San Francisco State at UCSB (exhibition), 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Concordia at Westmont, 7 p.m.

High school football — Villanova Prep at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6

College men’s water polo — Pacific at UCSB, noon.

Monday, November 7

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, noon.

Tuesday, November 8

High school girls volleyball — CIF playoffs, first round.

Wednesday, November 9

High school boys water polo — CIF playoffs, first round.

College women’s volleyball — Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer — Big West Tournament semifinals.

Thursday, November 10

High school girls tennis — CIF team playoffs, first round.

High school girls volleyball — CIF playoffs, second round.

High school football — San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Buena at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 11

High school football — Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

High school 8-man football — CIF playoffs, first round.

College men’s basketball — Chapman at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball — UCSB at Seattle, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 12

College men’s water polo — UC Irvine at UCSB, 12 p.m.

High school girls tennis — CIF team playoffs, second round.

High school boys water polo — CIF quarterfinals.

High school girls volleyball — CIF quarterfinals.

College men’s soccer — Big West Tournament championship.

College women’s volleyball — Cal Poly at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 14

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, noon.

Tuesday, November 15

High school girls tennis — CIF team quarterfinals.

High school girls volleyball — CIF semifinals.

College men’s basketball — Santa Clara at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16

High school boys water polo — CIF semifinals.

Thursday, November 17

High school girls tennis — CIF team semifinals.

College women’s basketball — St. Mary’s at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer — NCAA tournament, first round.

Friday, November 18

High school girls tennis — CIF individual prelims at Carpinteria and Cate.

High school girls volleyball — CIF finals.

High school football — CIF playoffs, first round.

College men’s basketball — Westmont at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 19

High school cross country — CIF finals at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, 7:45 a.m.

High school boys water polo — CIF finals.

College women’s basketball — Loyola Marymount at UCSB, 2 p.m.; Lubbock Christian at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer — Southern California Community College Regionals, first round.

College men’s basketball — St. Thomas (FL) at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

College men’s soccer — NCAA tournament, second round.

Monday, November 21

High school girls tennis — CIF team finals at The Claremont Club.

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, noon.

Tuesday, November 22

College men’s basketball — Portland at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer — Southern California Community College Regionals, second round.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Saturday, November 5 — Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 9 a.m. alz.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2 miles, East Beach, 10 a.m. walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Saturday, November 12 — Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 7:15 a.m. Half Marathon, Page Youth Center to SBCC, 7:45 a.m. sbimarathon.com.

Saturday, November 19UCSB Recreation Turkey Trot, 5K-10K walk/run, UCen lawn, 8:30 a.m. gauchosplay.com.

Thursday, November 24 — Thanksgiving 4 Miler, Magnolia Shopping Center, 9 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.

Saturday, December 17 — Santa Claus 5K and Mile, East Beach Parking Lot, 9 a.m. sbactionpro.com.



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