19 - Matt Kubota
Matt Kubota
Birth Date: 08/18/1982
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
High School: Servite HS
Position: Midfielder
UC Santa Barbara
2002:
Earned Big West Honorable Mention honors after finishing third on the team with seven assists...He was just one of seven players to appear in all 22 matches for the Gauchos, and just one of two midfielders to do so...Made 16 starts, most on the left side, to tie him for sixth most among returnees...Finished sixth on the team with 11 total points, the third most in a very talented midfield...Made nine starts in conference play, tying him for third most on the season...Netted one goal and assisted on another in UCSB's win over cross-town rival Westmont...Tallied two assists at home against UC Riverside...With nine career assists he has averaged .19 assists per game, the second highest average of returnees with two or more seasons as a Gaucho...2001: A powerful and aggressive midfielder, Kubota scored the Gauchos' second goal of the season in the 3-0 season opening win over Long Island University...Finished his sophomore year with one goal and one assist in 13 games played...Shot .143 on the season with seven shots taken...2000: The freshman made a quick impact with his intensity in the midfield proving to be a valuable asset for the Gauchos...Tallied 3 points on the season with one goal and one assist...Appeared in 13 matches and started 11, tied for tops among freshmen...Placed 14 shots on goal, again tied for tops among freshmen...Scored the game winning goal in a victory over Centenary College.

High School
Prepped at Servite High School...He was a two-time All-Serra League selection as a senior...In his final season, he set a Servite record with 20 assists, adding to his school-record career total of 49 assists in four seasons...Recorded a hat-trick during his senior season in the championship game of the Burroughs Tournament, giving his team a 3-2 win...Played both forward and midfield in high school...Coached by Mike Lussier.

PDL/Club
Played in ten matches during the summer of 2003 with the Orange County Blue Star of the USL's Premier Development League...Started all three postseason matches in helping the Blue Star reach the semi-finals of the national playoffs...Was joined by teammates Drew McAthy and Dan Kennedy on the Blue Star roster...Played for the JUSA Alliance on the club level while a prepster.

Personal
Matthew Thomas Kubota was born August 18, 1982 in Fullerton, CA...Is an Art major at UCSB with a minor in Sports Management...Hopes to play professional soccer upon graduation...His favorite movie is "Zoolander"...He can not do without his rice...Is a Scholar Athlete Award recipient at UCSB, which explains why when he is not playing soccer he is studying...Lists his most disappointing moment in sports as the team's loss to Cal in the Second Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament...Nicknamed "Boa"...Has three sisters, Kimari, Trisha, and Nicole...Son of Guy and Mary Kay Kubota.

What does being a member of the UCSB Men's Soccer team mean to you?
"It's great to be a part of a program with so much pride and discipline. We are a committed group who are headed in the right direction."

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