Sept. 21, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Drew McAthy and Rob Friend scored two goals apiece, and Memo Arzate added three assists as the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team remained undefeated at 6-0 with a 5-2 win over cross-town rival Westmont College on Saturday night.
The Gauchos scored their first goal of the match at the 8:42 mark. Arzate hit David McGill with a long pass near the end line. McGill cracked a hard right-footed cross and McAthy drove it home. McAthy scored again at the 26:58 mark when he took a pass from Friend and shoved one just inside the left post.
Westmont cut the UCSB lead in half in the 39th minute. Mark Thorington took a cross from Dana Weymouth and put one past Gaucho goalkeeper Danny Kennedy near the left post, making it 2-1 at half.
The score remained 2-1 until the 65th minute when Friend took a perfect feed from Arzate and dribbled past the defense and Warrior goalkeeper Jonathan Rinn, notching his sixth goal of the season and making the score 3-1 Gauchos. Westmont's Mark Oehlman made it 3-2 at the 73:29 mark when he scored unassisted on a shot from about 15 yards out straightaway.
UCSB scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes to seal the match. In the 86th minute, it was once again Arzate who created the score as he dribbled into the heart of the Westmont defense and hit Matt Kubota with a perfect pass on the right side. Kubota touched it once and fired it inside the far post making it 4-2. Friend capped the scoring at the 89:31 mark when he took a feed from Kubota right in front of the net and put it past Rinn to make it 5-2 Gauchos.
UCSB outshot the Warriors 26-11. Kennedy had seven saves for the Gauchos, while Rinn had five for Westmont. For Friend, he now has seven goals on the season, including at least one in all six matches. Dating back to last season, in fact, Friend has scored goals in each of his last ten outings. McAthy now has six goals as he produced his second two-goal match of the year. The victory allows UCSB to retain The Bryant & Son's Cup, annually awarded to the winner of the cross-town match.
With the win, the Gauchos are now 6-0 on the season and they have won seven straight matches dating back to last season. The 6-0 start is the second best start in school history. The 1971 Gauchos opened the year at 9-0. Westmont drops to 4-3.
UCSB returns to action on Sunday, September 29 when they host Sacramento State in a 1:00 p.m. match at Harder Stadium.