Nov. 26, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara scored a goal early in each half and junior goalkeeper Danny Kennedy recorded his eighth shutout of the season to lead the Gauchos (16-4-1) to a 2-0 victory over visiting Cal (11-9-2) in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Wednesday night.
UCSB, which lost to Cal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002, scored its first goal of the match at the 11:39 mark. Senior midfielder Memo Arzate took a corner kick and passed it to junior defender Jon Apilado near the upper left corner of the penalty box. Apilado fired a shot that sophomore midfielder Jeff Murphy redirected past Cal goalkeeper Mike Osegura and into the lower left portion of the goal. The goal was Murphy's third of the season and Arzate was credited with his 18th assist of the season, tying a UCSB record that he set in 2002.
The Gauchos scored their second goal at 49:57 and again Apilado was instrumental. The Fairfield, Calif., native dribbled the ball into the penalty box on the right side, worked his way past three Golden Bear defenders, drew Osegura out and then hit a perfect cross to junior defender Tony Lochhead. Lochhead one-timed the ball just inside the left post to make the score 2-0.
Cal put the pressure on UCSB in the final 20 minutes and ultimately outshot the Gauchos 19-10. Kennedy, however, was up to the challenge, recording six saves.
"I thought we played very well tonight," said UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "We've had over a year to think about that game from last year. What was great was that we actually had a week and a half to prepare for the game. So I had a year to get ready for this game, hoping that we could get this game, and and then a week and a half to get this team ready. I thought this was a very tactical game on our part. Our game plan was always to find Memo (Arzate), and we did."
The victory sends Santa Barbara to its first Sweet 16 ever. UCSB will travel to St. John's on Sunday, November 30 for a third round match. The time is tentatively set for 12:00 p.m. (EST).