Sept. 8, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
It was announced today by College Soccer News that UC Santa Barbara junior forward Drew McAthy earned National Team of the Week honors. McAthy scored both of the 16th ranked Gauchos game-winning goals against ACC schools, NC State and Duke, this past weekend.
McAthy, a 2002 All-Far West honoree, was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, finishing with four goals for the Duke Classic Champion UCSB, netting his first career hat-trick against NC State. Joining him on the all-tournament squad were senior forward Neil Jones, who finished second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists, and senior midfielder Memo Arzate, one goal and two assists. Junior defender Tony Lochhead was UCSB's only defensive player selected to the all-tourney team, anchoring a backline that allowed just one goal, the least of all four teams. And with the tournament sweep Santa Barbara climbed from 19th to 16th in CSN's national poll.
Adding to his honors this week, McAthy was also recognized as the Big West Conference's Player of the Week for the first time this season. With his tip of the hat against NC State he became just the tenth player in conference history to net three goals in a single match. Then with his game-winning goal in the Duke match, he moved into fifth all-time in the Big West with his 25th career goal.
Remarkably, he was also named Big West Player of the Week in week two of the 2002 season. It is second time in his career that the two-time all-conference forward has received the Big West's weekly honors.
McAthy's accolades do not end there, the junior from Huntington Beach, CA was also named UCSBGauchos.com Athlete of the Week for putting in the top performance of any of UCSB's intercollegiate athletes this past week.
McAthy, Jones, Arzate, Lochhead, and the rest of the Gauchos now face Big Ten power Michigan State in their home opener this Friday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.