UCSB is ranked No. 7 by Soccer America in its latest weekly men’s soccer top 25. The next eight days will indicate whether the Gauchos (6-1-1) deserve to be there. They will play three tough matches, beginning Wednesday night, September 28, when they open Big West Conference play at UC Riverside (5-2-1). Then they will host two huge games at Harder Stadium — Saturday against No. 8 UC Irvine (8-1-0) and next Wednesday, October 5, against No. 5 Akron (6-0-2), the defending national champion. The Zips won their title by defeating Louisville 1-0 in the College Cup final at Harder Stadium last December.

Gaucho midfielder Luis Silva, who scored a hat trick in last week’s 3-0 victory over San Diego, and goalkeeper Andre Grandt, who recorded a pair of shutouts, received Player of the Week honors from the Big West. Silva also was named to the College Soccer News national Team of the Week.

UCSB’s women host a pair of conference soccer games Friday and Sunday. They feature sophomore forward Erica Shelton, whose two goals last week helped the Gauchos defeat San Diego State 1-0 and tie Cal State Bakersfield 1-1. Another dangerous sophomore striker is SBCC’s Jessica Domenichelli, who will be in action Friday when the Vaqueros take on Hancock College at La Playa Stadium.

On the high school front, Santa Barbara visits San Marcos in girls volleyball tonight (Tue., Sept. 27), a week ahead of the Dons’ October 4 showdown at Dos Pueblos, the No. 2 ranked team in CIF Division 1. Bishop Diego’s football team, ranked No. 6 in the CIF East Valley Division, faces Fillmore on Saturday night at SBCC.

Upcoming events in tennis and golf will benefit Special Olympics. Saturday (Oct. 1) at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, the “A” Doubles Classic will include exhibition matches with Special Olympics athletes paired with high school and college players. Entries are being filled for the Special Olympics Golf Tournament on October 28 at Glen Annie Golf Club. Information:

Tuesday, September 27

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.

College men’s soccer — Oxnard at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28

High school girls volleyball — Camarillo at San Marcos, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer — UCSB at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

Friday, September 30

College women’s soccer — Hancock at SBCC, 2 p.m.; Long Beach State at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Citrus at SBCC, 6 p.m.; Pacific at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

High school girls volleyball — Malibu at Cate, 6 p.m.

High school football — Capistrano Valley at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Rio Mesa, 7 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Nordhoff, 7:30 p.m.; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer — Glendale at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 1

Tennis — Men’s and Women’s “A” Doubles Classic and Special Olympics Tournament, Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.

High school football — Fillmore at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (8-man) — Hesperia Christian at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.; Alpaugh at Cate, 2:30 p.m.

College football — SBCC at L.A. Southwest, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer — UC Irvine at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Biola at Westmont, 7 p.m.; UC Davis at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 2

College women’s soccer — Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 1 p.m.

Monday, October 3

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

Tuesday, October 4

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

High school girls volleyball — Nordhoff at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 6:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer — Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5

High school girls volleyball — Dunn at Laguna Blanca, 4:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer — Akron at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 6

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

High school girls volleyball — St. Bonaventure at Bishop Diego, 6:15 p.m.; Ventura at Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.

High school football — Canyon Country Canyon at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 7

High school football — Pacifica at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; San Marcos at Nordhoff, 7:30 p.m.; Carpinteria at Grace Brethren, Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 8

High school football — Bishop Diego at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. (8-man) — Laguna Blanca at Rolling Hills Prep, 1 p.m.; Cate at Thacher, 2 p.m.

College men’s soccer — UCSB at UC Davis, 3 p.m.

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


Saturday, October 1 — Pacific Pride Foundation 10K AIDS Walk, Leadbetter Beach, 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 8 — Santa Barbara 5K Heart Walk, Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 9 — Carpinteria Kiwanis Big Avocado 5K Run, Carpinteria Bluffs, 8 a.m.

Environmental Defense Center “Ride on the Wild Side” (100K, 30-mile, 10-mile bike rides), Leadbetter Beach, 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 16 — Cancer Center 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run, Montecito Union School, 8 a.m.

Saturday, October 22 — Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders.

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

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

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.

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


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