Sept. 5, 2002
This Week's Schedule
Friday, September 6th 6:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. St. Mary's Gaels Harder Stadium *note: this game is a doubleheader w/ the UCSB women's team who hosts TCU at 8:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara made waves in East Lansing, Mich. and around the soccer community with its two wins over Big Ten schools Michigan and Michigan State in the opening weekend of the 2002 season. With two wins over programs from one of the best soccer conferences in the nation the Gauchos have put themselves into the eyes of the voting members of the NSCAA. UCSB moved into the 9th spot in the Far West after its 5-3 win over Michigan on Sunday. The Gauchos then downed Michigan State 3-2 in double-overtime on Monday, playing a man down for the final 25 minutes to open the year at 2-0-0. Santa Barbara's appearence at the Michigan State Classic tournament marked the first time the Gauchos had faced a Big Ten school in the 37 year history of the program. UCSB is now a perfect 2-0 against the conference and will play its third match this year against a Big Ten program when it faces off with defending national champion No. 4 Indiana in October on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.
In The Young Season
The Gauchos didn't feel like wasting any time in getting the ball rolling on their campaign for a second straight Big West Conference Championship. Not even a minute went by in their first match of the season before senior midfielder Dan Young headed in a cross from junior transfer David McGill for UCSB's first goal of the season. The goal came at the 0:51 mark of their 5-3 victory over Michigan. However, McGill and Young weren't finished just yet. McGill, who was playing in his first match as a Gaucho after coming to Santa Barbara from UNC Charlotte, later connected with Rob Friend for the second assist of a Gaucho career that wasn't even 30 minutes long. But the day belonged to Young who netted the eventual game winner midway through the first half off of Memo Arzate's corner kick for his second goal of the game, and the "Young" season. With his performance in the win over Michigan, Young was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week. UCSB scored four goals within the first 25 minutes of their first match, with the first two coming by the 1:43 mark.
A Familiar Friend
Entering his senior season as the defending conference scoring champion, their are certain expectations that forward Rob Friend is expected to fulfill. And after one weekend of play he did not leave very many doubts as to whether or not he will be able to meet or exceed those expectations. Through two games Friend leads the team with five points and is tied with Dan Young and Drew McAthy for the team lead with two goals. Friend's assist came on Compton College transfer Memo Arzate's first goal as a Gaucho in the UM game.
Ain't No Slumpin' Here
I don't know if he doesn't want any help or doesn't need any help, but both of sophomore forward Drew McAthy's team leading two goals have been unassisted. His first goal came with :16 seconds remaining in the first half of the Michigan game, his second goal could be considered the goal of his career. With less than five minutes left in the second sudden victory overtime period against Michigan State, McAthy took matters into his own hands, netting the game winner and giving UCSB its second win in as many games.
Goods On The Gaels
St. Mary's is coming off a solid opening weekend, tying Fresno State 2-2 at home before traveling to San Diego State where they defeated the Aztecs 4-3 with two goals in the last eight minutes of play. The Gaels are currently lead by Patrick Lower and Derek Youpel with one goal and one assist apiece.
Number of the Week
Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Reynish, number 0, allowed 0 goals in 26:42 min. of play, making 2 saves late while playing a man down, in the win over Michigan State.