[UC SANTA BARBARA-UCLA] UC Santa Barbara, host of the 2010 Men's College Cup, drew a crowd of 15,896 at Harder Stadium Friday night for its 2-0 win over UCLA.
It was the third-largest regular-season crowd in NCAA history and the largest crowd ever at an on-campus site.
The NCAA regular-season attendance record is 22,512 fans, set on Oct. 30, 1980, when Saint Louis played SIU-Edwardsville for the Bronze Boot at Busch Stadium.
The Gauchos kept the crowd in suspense until late in the game. They took the lead in the 75th minute when freshman David Opoku scored just seconds after being subbed back into the game.
UCSB added one more goal in the last minute of the game when Luis Silva had a breakaway and passed the ball to Danny Barrera, who finished the counterattack. As soon as the game ended, Gaucho fans poured on the field to celebrate.
"You have to enjoy victories like tonight because it's hard to get these kinds of win in this type of atmosphere," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said. "I said over the weekend that we have found ourselves a little bit, and a big win like tonight will certainly push us forward."
UCSB started 0-2-1 with just one goal in three games, but it is now 3-2-2 with 2-0, 4-0 and 2-0 wins in its last three games.
Up next for the Gauchos is their Big West opener Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton.
LARGEST MEN'S CROWDS (Regular season)
22,512 Saint Louis-SIU-Edwardsville (1980)
20,112 Saint Louis-SIU-Edwardsville (1973)
15,896 UC Santa Barbara-UCLA (2010)
15,000 Saint Louis-SIU-Edwardsville (1972)
12,224 Fresno State vs. San Francisco (1987)
11,075 Cal Poly vs. UC Santa Barbara (2008)
10,114 UC Santa Barbara vs. Indiana (2009)
9,824 Cal Poly vs. UC Santa Barbara (2009)
9,749 UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly (2008)
9,200 Connecticut vs. Alabama A&M (1982)