Nov. 2, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
It took the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team more than 64 minutes to score its first goal on Saturday night, but when it did it started an avalanche of goals.
Sophomore forward Drew McAthy took a perfect feed from junior Memo Arzate, who had taken the ball at midfield and dribbled his way through a trio of Cal Poly defenders. McAthy shoved a one-timer past Mustang goalkeeper Luke Albertalli at the 64:10 mark giving the Gauchos a 1-0 lead. The goal was McAthy's 13th of the season and the assist was Arzate's 14th.
In the 81st minute, Arzate scored a goal of his own. Matt Kubota hit a corner kick that was taken by Gene Deering. Deering cracked a shot that was blocked by Albertalli, but Arzate took the rebound and lofted it into the upper left corner, giving UCSB a 2-0 advantage. Deering capped the scoring in the 90th minute with a goal off of a scramble in front of the net. Again, Kubota started the play with a corner kick that was deflected by Dan Young and put home by Deering for his seventh goal campaign.
Sophomore goalkeeper Danny Kennedy needed just two saves to post his fifth shutout of the season. The Gauchos outshot the Mustangs 14-6. Albertalli had six saves for Cal Poly.
UCSB improves to 13-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Big West. With 16 points in the league standings, the Gauchos remain in first place. Cal Poly drops to 3-12-0 overall and 1-5-0 in the Big West.
The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, November 6 when they host Cal State Northridge in a 7:00 p.m. match at Harder Stadium. The Matadors represent the lone blemish on UCSB's league record as the teams tied 0-0 two weeks ago.