4 Andy Iro
4 Andy Iro
Birth Date: 11/26/1984
Height: 6-5
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Liverpool, England
High School: St. Edward's School
Position: Defender
2007 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Candidate
2007 Preseason First Team All-American (College Soccer News)
2007 Preseason All-American (Soccer America)
2007 Preseason All-American (MajorLeagueSoccer Magazine)
2006 Second Team NSCAA All American
2006 First Team All-American (College Soccer News)
2006 First Team All-Far West
2006 College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player
2006 Big West Defensive Player of the Year
2006 First Team All-Big West
2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Candidate
2006 Preseason All-American (College Soccer News)
2005 Third Team NSCAA All-American
2005 Second Team All-Far West
2005 Big West Defensive Player of the Year
2005 First Team All-Big West
2005 Preseason All-American (Soccer America)
2005 Preseason Second Team All-American (College Soccer News)
2004 Freshman All-American (Soccer America)
2004 First Team All-American (College Soccer News)
2004 College Cup All-Tournament
2004 Big West Freshman of the Year
2004 First Team All-Big West

2006: Once again earning Preseason All-American distinction, Iro went on to garner NSCAA Second-Team All-American acclaim after leading the Gauchos to the program's first national championship -- despite playing with a nagging knee injury for most of the season...Was also named First Team All-Far West...Selected as the College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive player after leading a backline that allowed only one goal in 200 minutes during college soccer's final weekend...Earned a second consecutive Big West Defensive Player of the Year award and a third-straight first team all-conference selection after his defense led the Big West with a total of 12 shutouts and a goals against average of 0.86...Picked a perfect time to score his only goal of the season, netting the game-winner in the 68th minute against San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament First Round to cap UCSB's first come-from-behind victory of the season (11/11)...He was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and Golden1/UCSBGauchos.com Athlete of the Week for his performance...Picked up an assist when he found Bongomin Otii for the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Aztecs in the Gauchos' home opener (9/2)...Started 24 of Santa Barbara's 25 games, missing only the home matchup with UC Davis (10/18) due to red card suspension...Took a total of 14 shots on the season, which was tops among Gaucho defenders. 2005: After being tabbed a Preseason All-American by College Soccer News, Iro went on to have a tremendous sophomore campaign and was named a Third-Team All-American by the NSCAA, making him the first two-time all-American in program history...Also named Second Team All-Far West...Recognized as the Big West Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring a Gaucho defense that allowed a league-low 16 goals and finished the season with the top goals against average in the conference at 0.80 during regular season play...Guided a defense that limited the opposition to two shots on goal or less in eight matches, and 12 shots overall or less in 12 of UCSB's 21 matches...Iro's defense finished the 2005 season holding their opponents to a 0.87 goals against average and a total of nine shutouts...Powered Santa Barbara to a 4-0 win at Cal State Fullerton (10/5), scoring the Gauchos' second goal of the game in the 26th minute and assisting on Ivan Becerra's second score of the match in the 66th minute...Spearheaded a defense that allowed No. 11 UCLA (10/20) just two shots on goal...Was named the Macy's/UCSBgauchos.com Student Athlete of the week after breaking a scoreless tie against Cal Poly (10/22) with the game-winner on a soaring header off a Bryan Byrne corner in the 65th minute to give the Gauchos the first of their two goals on the afternoon...Followed that performance with a career-high 10 shots and a strike in the 72nd minute at UC Davis (10/26) to send the game into overtime...Led all Gaucho defenders with four goals and three assists...Finished third on the squad with 26 shots...Started 20 of the Gauchos' 21 matches, sitting out the second match of the season due to a red card suspension. 2004: Garnered Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the second Gaucho in the last three years to receive the award, and was also the only freshman to receive First Team All-Big West honors...Helped anchor the UCSB defense to a school-record, and nation's best, 15 shutouts and a 0.53 goals against average, the third-lowest in the nation...Named to the College Cup All-Tournament team thanks in part to UCSB's shutout of Duke in the semifinal match (12/10)...Guided a Gaucho defense that limited the opposition to two shots on goal or less in nine matches, and eight shots overall or less in 13 of UCSB's 25 matches...Named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week after week three when he headed home the golden goal in UCSB's 1-0 win over top-ranked Indiana, snapping the Hoosiers 23-game unbeaten streak (9/18)...Netted a pair of goals, including the game-tying tally, in the Gauchos' 4-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth in the Elite Eight (12/4)...Played all but 16 minutes of the 22 matches he started, missing three due to suspension...Logged 2,062 total minutes, second only in UCSB history to linemate Tony Lochhead, who amassed over 2,100 on the season...Of the 14 goals scored against the Gauchos, seven came in the 303:45 Iro was not on the field, meaning that when he was on the pitch (2,061:44), UCSB posted an improbable 0.31 goals against average...Was just one of four players on the team to start every match in which he appeared...Finished the season fourth on the team with four goals, the most by any non-forward, and a team best .267 shot percentage...In his first six matches as a Gaucho, he helped goalkeeper Dan Kennedy set a school record for consecutive scoreless minutes at 518:29 to start the season. CLUB
Was a standout player for Kingsley United...Helped the United to the Northwest Youth Alliance and Liverpool Youth Cup titles in 2003...Earned Player of the Tournament honors twice in three years at the B.T. Knowsley International Youth Classic, aiding in Kingsley's claiming of the tournament crown. HIGH SCHOOL
Attended St. Edwards School where he played forward and midfield...Also competed in rugby and track. PERSONAL
Andy Iro was born November 26, 1984 in Liverpool, England...Is a sociology major at UCSB and is pursuing a sports management minor...Hopes to become a professional soccer player in the future...When he is not playing soccer he is hunting wild animals...He cannot do without his debit card to buy clothes...Before every game his thinks of his mum and sister...Regards scoring in the second overtime period to beat Indiana in 2004 as one of his most memorable sport moments, while losing to the Hoosiers in PK's for the National Championship that year as the most disappointing...Roots for Newcastle United and Juventus FC...Is a fan of Fabio Cannavaro and would love to play with Steven Gerrard...His favorite movie is "Gladiator"...Enjoys watching "Family Guy", "Entourage", and "South Park" on the small screen...Likes to read "FHM" magazine...His favorite video game is "Winning Eleven"...Wants people to know how much his mum and sister mean to him...Can best be described as "the chosen one" and a gentleman...UCSB's Harder Stadium is his favorite stadium to play in...Has seven brothers and one sister, Jessie, who he claims to be "the best sister in the world"...Son of Paul and Rose Iro. CAREER STATISTICS