Sept. 6, 2001
San Diego, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer overcame a record-setting performance by San Diego State on Thursday night, defeating the Aztecs 3-1 on the road.
SDSU set a school record for the fastest goal to open a match, scoring on a breakaway by Enrique Tovar, 15 seconds into the contest to grab a 1-0 lead.
UCSB, however, did not waste much time evening things up. Defender Neil Jones scored on an assist by Dan Young at the 6:09 mark to knot the score, and then Big West Player of the Week, forward Rob Friend, scored unassisted at the 35:06 mark to give the Gauchos a 2-1 halftime advantage. Friend's goal proved to be the game-winner, as San Diego never scored again.
Freshman goalkeeper Danny Kennedy recorded his third straight win for UCSB, and once again he was rarely threatened, needing just one save. The Gauchos outshot the Aztecs, 18-10. The match also proved to be quite physical as the teams combined for 47 fouls.
With the victory, UCSB improves to 3-0 on the year. San Diego State drops to 0-2-1.