Oct. 16, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
For more than 37 minutes Wednesday night, UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside men's soccer teams played scoreless ball. But like bananas, the 22nd-ranked Gauchos score goals in bunches.
Senior forward Rob Friend got things started for UCSB as he scored on a header off of a cross from junior midfielder David McGill in the 38th minute. Less than five minutes later, in the 43rd minute, sophomore forward Drew McAthy scored the first of two goals on the night. Junior midfielder Memo Arzate hit a corner kick that ricocheted off of a defenders head and then off of McAthy's head into the goal.
Junior midfielder Neil Jones scored in the 54th minute on assists from junior forward Gene Deering and Friend. Deering scored a goal of his own in the 71st minute, shoving in a rebound of a Matt Kubota shot. UCSB scored the final goal of the match in the 80th minute when Kubota hit sophomore midfielder Matt Bly with short pass near the top box. Bly the heeled a pass behind his back to McAthy who hit a missile from about 15 yards out into the lower right hand corner of the goal.
Friend's goal was his league-leading 12th of the season. McAthy now has ten, second in league. Deering's goal was his sixth and for Jones, it was his second of the season and his second in the last two matches.
The Gauchos dominated the match, outshooting the Highlanders 24-5. The shutout was the team's fourth overall and the third in the last five matches. UCSB, in fact, has allowed just two goals in the last five contests.
Santa Barbara is now 10-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Big West. UCR drops to 3-6-3 overall and 1-1-0 in league. The Gauchos return to action on Saturday, October 19, when they travel to Cal State Northridge for a 2:30 p.m. match against the Matadors.