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Jan 15, 2013 8:17 PM by Andrew Masuda

UCSB soccer leads, Cal Poly ranks #5 in NCAA in attendance

The Blue-Green Rivalry drew the two largest crowds in all of NCAA Division I men's soccer in the fall. As a result, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly both ranked in the top five in the country in attendance for the 2012 season.

The first battle between the Mustangs and Gauchos on October 19 in Harder Stadium drew 13,467 fans, the nation's highest attended 2012 game. Cal Poly won that game in overtime in thrilling fashion for its first win at UCSB since 1998. The rematch at Spanos Stadium drew a sellout crowd of 11,075 to rank #2 on the list for 2012. The Mustangs won that game1-0 to sweep the season series with the Gauchos for the first time in fourteen years.

UCSB led the nation for the sixth-straight year with an average attendance for its nine home matches of 5,543 fans per game. Connecticut ranked second with 4,228 fans, Maryland was third at 3,153 people, Akron was fourth at 2,778 and Cal Poly finished fifth in the nation with 2,709 fans per game.

It marked the sixth consecutive year the two rivals ranked in the top 10 for average attendance.

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