Sixteenth-Ranked Gauchos Outlast New Mexico in Offensive Slugfest, 6-3
Oct. 12, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Forwards Neil Jones and Drew McAthy scored two goals apiece and midfielder Memo Arzate added three assists, to lead 16th-ranked UC Santa Barbara past visiting New Mexico on Sunday afternoon.
McAthy got the Gauchos started at 23:22 when he scored after Matt Bly re-directed a Jeff Murphy shot. Less than three minutes later, at the 25:53 mark, Jones scored the first of his two goals when he hit a header off of a perfect cross from Arzate. UCSB scored its third goal of the first half at 30:42 when Jon Apilado lofted a pass to Johnny Alcaraz on the right side of the penalty box. Alcaraz crossed the ball to the far post where Gene Deering was there to head it home.
Things got sloppy for both sides in the second half. McAthy scored his second goal of the match from five yards out at the 47:42 mark when Arzate hit him with a through-ball that he punched past New Mexico's goalkeeper Andrew Weber.
The absence of junior defender Tony Lochhead, who was playing with New Zealand's World Cup squad was quite evident when the Lobos, playing a man short for the final 54 minutes of the match, scored their first goal at 48:06. Capitalizing on a defensive mix-up, Robbie C'debaca was left wide-open in front of the Gaucho goal. He put the ball into the back of the open goal making the score 4-1.
New Mexico didn't wait long to score its second goal. At 50:09, Lance Watson took a pass from Eric Carlson and whacked a one-timer from about 15 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal.
UCSB responded to the Lobos' back-to-back goals with its fifth goal of the match. Jones scored his second from near the top of the penalty box straight out. The goal, which was assisted-on by Bly and Darren Doi, came at the 55:40 mark.
New Mexico and Santa Barbara each score one more goal in garbage time. Stian Eriksen scored for New Mexico in the 65th-minute and Murphy scored for the Gauchos in the 70th-minute.
The match was rough and sloppy. The teams combined for 42 fouls. New Mexico had three yellow cards and a red card issued to Jeff Rowland, and UCSB had four yellow cards.
UCSB is now 8-1-1 on the season. New Mexico drops to 3-6-3. The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, October 15, when they travel to UC Riverside for a Big West match that will kick-off at 3:00 p.m.