Sept. 4, 2003
The Record: Overall 0-0-1 Big West 0-0-0
This Week's Schedule
at the Duke University adidas Classic
Friday, September 5th
#19 UC Santa Barbara (0-0-1) vs. NC State (1-0-0)
2:00 p.m. at Dukeıs Koskinen Stadium
Sunday, September 7th
#19 UC Santa Barbara (0-0-1) at #25 Duke (2-0-0)
9:00 a.m. in Koskinen Stadium
Don't Be So Quick
There is always two ways to look at a tie...either you didn't win, or you didn't lose. Given the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer teamıs situation heading into San Jose last weekend, the latter response seems to be the most correct. The Gauchos put in a strong performance to remain in the 1-1 double-overtime contest. Still slightly groggy from the jet lag incurred from the eleven hour flight home from London five days prior, UCSB was playing without all-conference midfielder David McGill and central defender Jon Apilado. It hurt UCSB not having McGill, who was serving a red card suspension from last seasonıs NCAA Tournament, becuase of his ability to control the midfield and set the tone of a game. And with Apilado nursing a slight strain, the coaches decided to take their lumps in week one, and sit out one of their most consistent and skilled defenders. Although UCSB dropped out of one national poll (NSCAA) all together, and is now only recieving votes in the Soccer Times Top-25, College Soccer News' panel continues to regard UC Santa Barbara as the 19th-best team in the nation. However the Gauchos do have an excellent opportunity this weekend to move back into the polls that they dropped out of when they face No. 25 Duke and NC State at the Duke/adidas Classic in Durham, North Carlina.
The Proof Is In The Back Of The Net
Not wasting any time, Neil Jones picked up the Gauchosı first goal of the season in his new role as the Gauchos' key target on the forward line. Nearing halftime against San Jose State, senior playmaker Memo Arzate found Jones in the middle of the field just inside the penalty box, and from 15 yards out the 6-4 striker set a shot into the back of the net to give UCSB a 1-0 advantage at the break. Arzate's assist marked the second straight year that he set up the Santa Barbara's first goal of the season. Jones finished the match with two shots, but it was 2002 All-Far West forward Drew McAthy who led the Gaucho attack with four shots, narrowly missing what would have been the game-winner when he sent one off the crossbar in overtime. Senior forward Gene Deerring was second on the squad with three shots. The team as a whole recorded 17 shots in their season opener, placing seven of those on goal. Arzate and and midfielder Bryan Byrne were the only other players with multiple shots.
The Pack Is Next On Tap
UCSB opens play at this weekendıs adidas Classic against North Carolina State on Friday, September 5th. The Wolfpack are 1-0-0 on the young season after posting a 4-2 come from behind win over Georgia Southern. Down 2-1 with just under 17 minutes remaining, NC State forward Aaron King netted the game-tying goal before scoring the game-winner six minutes later on a penalty kick. King also assisted on the Pack's two other goals of the match, and leads the team with six points. Forward Bryant Salter is second on the team with three points (1 goal, 1 assist).
The Host Of The Party
25th-ranked Duke (NSCAA & CSN) presents the Gauchos with what should be their toughest competition thus far in 2003 when they play the host school on Sunday, September 7th. Also ranked 15th by Soccer Times, the Blue Devils are 2-0-0 on the season after sweeping Liberty, 4-0, and Georgia Southern,4-1, last weekend to open their season. One of the most storied soccer programs in the nation, Duke returns seven starters from last yearıs team that finished tied for fourth in the highly competitive ACC. The Blue Devils are currently led by senior forward Jordan Cila with two goals and two assists, sophomore midfielder Blake Camp is second on the team with five points off one goal and three assists. Goalkeeper Justin Trowbridge has played all 180 minutes for Duke, posting a 0.50 GAA, although he has only faced a total of seven shots in two matches, saving six.
No, not the country Estonia, but what All-Big West goalkeeper Dan Kennedy did to SJSU this past weekend to open 2003. Currently first in the Big West after putting up seven saves against the Spartans for a 7.00 per game mark, the junior lowerd his career goals against average to 0.97 over the coarse of 40 matches, which is still the best ever by a UCSB netminder, and lowest current average of any active keeper in the Big West. His career mark also currently stands as the fourth lowest all-time in conference history. And in terms of holding up his end of he bargain in overtime matches as he did against SJSU, it is nothing new to Kennedy. Having now tended goal in seven overtime games in his collegiate career, the Gauchos have walked away unbeaten in five.
Continuing To Climb
Now one match into his second season as a Gaucho, senior playmaker Memo Arzate continues to ascend both the UCSB and Big West record books. Adding onto his school and conference record-setting 2002 season, Arzate now has 19 assists to his name, tying for fifth all-time on the Big West list. The conference career mark he is shooting for is 31, set by Ricky Villa of Fresno State from 1986-1990. Fellow midfielder David McGill, with 15 career assists after just one season, needs only three more to break into the conference's top ten all-time.