Defending national champion UC Santa Barbara again looks to be a serious postseason threat.
The Gauchos wrapped up the Big West championship and an automatic berth in the 2007 NCAA Men's
Tournament with a 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday.
After falling behind, 2-0, UCSB came all the way back to win at Matador Soccer Field and clinch its fifth Big West title in the
last seven years.
UCSB rallied to win at Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, on late goals David Walker
, and it did it again at Northridge, where it won for the first time since 2000 Chris Pontius
scored two goals, winning the game with
UCSB's first penalty kick of the season, and Eric Avila
recorded assists on Pontius' first goal and Tino Nunez
tying goal to lead UCSB to its second consective comeback win.
With several starters, including Avila and Nunez on the bench, the Gauchos dug themselves a hole by falling behind on goals
and Sam Franklin
in the first 22 minutes.
"I am very, very pleased with our result here
today," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg
said. "This has obviously been a difficult place to play for us over the years but I still felt good about our chances even
down 2-0 because this team is playing extremely well right now and can find a way to win. I love the way we are playing going forward." BIG WEST
Fresno State 1984
Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton 1987
Fresno State 1988
Fresno State 1990
Fresno State 1991
UC Santa Barbara 2002
UC Santa Barbara 2003
UC Santa Barbara 2005
Cal State Northridge 2006
UC Santa Barbara 2007
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