Defense Leads The Way As Men's Soccer Blanks Westmont, 1-0
Sept. 19, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara's suffocating defense put the clamps on Westmont College Wednesday night, and the Gauchos scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute, to record a 1-0 victory.
Led by defenders Neil Jones, Tony Lochhead, Reuben Bates and Galen Donaldson, UCSB continued a season-long trend in notching its third shutout in five contests. The Gauchos allowed Westmont just three shots on goal, and freshman goalkeeper Danny Kennedy needed just one save in the win.
The teams played a scoreless first half with Warrior goalkeeper David Jay turning away solid opportunities by Gauchos Rob Friend and Steven Sosa. In addition, Friend and Sean Edwards missed golden chances, sending the ball just over the crossbar one time apiece.
In the 71st minute, however, UCSB finally broke through. Joe Hubay-Dies won a scramble on the right sideline and hit a nice through-ball to freshman Drew McAthy. McAthy one-timed the ball the right of Jay, for the only tally of the match.
The Gauchos have now allowed just two goals in five matches this year. In fact, they have allowed only 19 shots in those five contests. For Kennedy, it was his third shutout in five starts and he lowered his goals against average to 0.40. McAthy's goal was the first Westmont has allowed in action this season. Previously, the Warriors allowed scores only on penalty kicks.
The win improves UCSB to 4-1. Westmont drops to 3-1-2. The Gauchos return home to Harder Stadium on Sunday to take on 17th-ranked San Jose State in a 2:00 p.m. match.