UC Santa Barbara
Just one of four players to appear in all 22 matches for the Gauchos, Bly started eight of the those helping UCSB to a 7-1 record in games he started...In his eight starts the Gauchos posted a +10 scoring margin compared to the team's +11 in the other 16 matches...Bly had a remarkable four-game stretch in the middle of the season tallying all eight of his points to finish the season fifth on the team...Opened his four-game streak with three assists in UCSB's win over New Mexico, tying as the NCAA's top single-game performance of the year...Added his fourth and final assist of the season against CSUN to finish the team tied for third on the team...Closed out his season scoring with a team conference-best two goals in the Gauchos' 3-1 win at Cal Poly, including the game-winner...Third overall amongst the team with a .167 shot percentage, Bly led UCSB with a .286 mark in conference play, far exceeding the Gauchos' mark of .102 as a team...Combining with his two previous seasons, Bly bumped career shot percentage to .226 to lead all returning players.
Bly saw action in 17 matches at forward, starting two...His most memorable sporting moment came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when he scored the second of two UCSB goals to seal victory over San Diego...Led the team with a .333 shooting percentage, netting four goals on 12 shots...His four goals on the season tied him for fourth on the team and third amongst returning players...Scored his first goal of the season in 3-2 double-overtime win at Michigan State...Added two assists during conference play, giving Bly ten total points for the year, placing him sixth in scoring among returning players.
Played in 12 matches his first season with the Gauchos, starting one...He didn't take long getting started, scoring his first career goal against Illinois-Chicago in the second game of the season...Finished the year with one goal on seven shots for a .143 shot percentage.
In the club ranks he was a member of the Santa Rosa United Sharks that won the state tournament in '97 and '98 and the Surf Cup in '96...Also played in the USA Cup held in Minnesota while a member of the Sharks.
Played for head coach Dave Shaffer at Montgomery HS...As a forward he was a four-time All-North Bay League and All-North Coast Section selection...Named both league and conference MVP as a junior and senior...Holds Montgomery High's and the North Bay Leagues career scoring record with 86 goals...Scorched the back of the net 40 times as a junior to set his schools single season scoring record...Helped the Vikings to two league and one sectional championship...Clinched the sectional championship game with a hat trick...Also named all-league as a basketball player.
Matthew Cassius Bly was born on October 8, 1982 in Santa Rosa, CA...Is a Business Economics major at UCSB...Hopes to one day own a Health Club...Is a fan of the Utah Jazz and Matt Harpering...Marilyn Manson's autobiography "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell" is his favorite book...Enjoys watching "The O'Reilly Factor"...His favorite movie is "Drumline"...Likes to read "Teen People"...When he isn't playing soccer he is probably downloading music...Enjoys playing the video game "Conflict Desert Storm"...His favorite animal is a chinchilla...Losing to Cal in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament is his most disappointing sporting moment...He would have loved to play against Tim Vom Steeg, and would love to play with Mia Hamm...Would like people to know that "Northern California is a great place" Nicknamed "Blyskie"...Has an older brother, Steve, and a younger sister, Hayley...Son of John and Peggy Bly.
What has been, or is, the most rewarding aspect of playing soccer for UCSB?
"The most rewarding aspect of playing soccer for UCSB to me is the opportunity to play at an extremely high level for a program that I know has a legitimate chance at competing for a national championship."
MP MS G A Pts Sh Sh% GW PK-A
2001 12 1 1 0 2 7 .143 0 0-0
2002 17 2 4 2 10 12 .333 0 0-0
2003 22 8 2 4 8 12 .167 1 0-0
Total 51 11 7 6 20 31 .226 1 0-0