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Oct 18, 2012 9:02 PM by Andrew Masuda

Blue-Green Rivalry returns on nationally televised game Friday

The greatest rivalry in all of men's college soccer resumes Friday at UCSB between the Gauchos and Mustangs in a nationally televised Big West Conference match.

The Mustangs are 3-2-1 in conference and 8-5-1 overall. They're coming off a 1-0 win over second place UC Davis on Tuesday.

The Gauchos are also 3-2-1 in conference and 9-2-3 overall. UCSB knocked off first place Sacramento State 2-0 to start the week.

The Central Coast rivals are tied for third place in the North Division with four Big West matches to go. Only the top two teams in the division qualify for the Big West Conference Tournament at the end of the regular season.

Last year, the two rivals split their two meetings with Cal Poly winning 2-1 in front of a sold out crowd of 11,075 at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, the 9th largest crowd in NCAA regular season history. The Gauchos returned the favor with a 2-0 victory on their home field in front of 13,822 fans, the fifth largest crowd in NCAA history. The rivalry has produced 7 of the 17 largest crowds in NCAA history.

Cal Poly head coach Paul Holocher expects another thriller in the Blue-Green Rivalry. "Two great schools and the student bodies are fantastic. The community loves it. So we're excited to play them and especially to be on national television as well and to play how we believe," said Holocher.

The Mustangs have lost 14 in a row at Harder Stadium, a streak that dates back to 1998. They've only one once at UCSB in 17 matches.

Kickoff is at 8pm and it airs live on the Fox Soccer channel.

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