14th-Ranked UCSB Unveils Its New Field Against Michigan State This Friday
Sept. 10, 2003
The Record: Overall 2-0-1 Big West 0-0-0
This Week's Schedule
2003 Home Opener
Friday, September 12th
#14 UC Santa Barbara (2-0-1) vs. Michigan State (2-1-0)
7:00 p.m. in UCSB's Harder Stadium
Sunday, September 14th
#14 UC Santa Barbara (2-0-1) at University of San Diego (1-1-1)
2:00 p.m. in USD's Torero Stadium
Their First Record of the Season
This past weekend at the Duke/adidas Classic the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team removed any doubts anyone might have had after week one. Ranked 16th in the preseason NSCAA/adidas coaches poll, the Gauchos were dropped from the poll when, without senior midfielder David McGill and junior defender Jon Apilado, they tied San Jose State in San Jose to open the season. After capturing the Duke/adidas Classic Tournament crown this week's polls became a different story. With UCSB's 4-0 win over NC State and 2-1 win over then #15 Duke, Santa Barbara climbed to 14th in the NSCAA coaches poll. The No. 14 ranking is the highest ranking the program has recieved during the regular season. The highest ever was 12th in the NSCAA poll (the NCAA's primary poll) during the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Real Reason Ben and J.Lo are Coming to Town
All the talk going on around the nation about why Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are having their wedding this weekend in Santa Barbara can now be silenced. Ben and J.Lo made plans to attend UCSB's 2003 home opener against Michigan State this Friday at 7:00 p.m.and decided, since Santa Barbara was so nice and they would already be here, why not have the wedding. All joking aside, the Gauchos are hosting Michigan State this Friday in the first match to be played in the newly resurfaced Harder Stadium. MSU is currently 2-1-0 entering week three, picking up wins over Xavier and IPFW while losing to WCC power Loyola Marymount. State's Thomas Trivelloni is the lone player on the roster with more than two points, the senior forward has recored two goals and one assist. The Spartans have three other players with one goal apiece. Mike Robinson has spent all but four minutes in goal, posting a 1.02 GAA, with one shutout and a .700 save percentage. Friday's match will be only the second time that the two squads will have squared off, UCSB won the first meeting last year in Lansing, 3-2 in overtime.
A True Battle
In a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament First Round, UCSB will be taking on perenial power University of San Diego Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Torero Stadium. The series is currently tied at six wins apiece following the Gauchos' 2-0 tourney-win. USD enters the week at 1-1-1 having beat UC Riverside, with a match scheduled against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. Junior Eric Wunderle leads the team with four points off one goal and two assists. Five different players have accounted for all five USD goals.
And The Kitchen Sink
Senior forward Drew McAthy had to clear some room on his shelves this week due to the mass of awards and accolades he recieved after his career weekend. McAthy netted his first career hat-trick in the 4-0 win over NC State, including the game-winner, as well as scoring the game deciding goal in the 2-1 win over #15 Duke. For his efforts the Huntington Beach native was named to both Soccer America's and College Soccer News' national teams of the week. He was also recognized as the Big West Conference's Player of the Week, Duke/adidas Classic Most Valuable Player, and both the Santa Barbara News Press and ucsbgauchos.com Athlete of the Week.
The Champions Represent
As mentioned before, McAthy was named the Duke Classic MVP, but he was also joined by teammates Neil Jones, Memo Arzate, and Tony Lochhead on the all-tournament team. Jones and Arzate each finished the weekend with one goal and two assists, while Lochhead anchored a Gaucho defense that gave up only one goal the entire tourney. However, missing from this list is senior captain David McGill who finished the weekend with a team and tourney-high three assists in two matches.
Standout senior David McGill should just change his name to Rodney Dangerfield because he doesn't ever get any respect. One of biggest factors in UCSB's success last season, it was evident the impact that he has on the team when the Gauchos, playing without him, only tied San Jose State to open the year. Then last weekend McGill tallied more assists than any other player in the tournament and he didn't make the all-tournament team. Named Conference USA's Freshman of the Year and second team all-conference before coming to Santa Barbara from UNC Charlotte, the powerful midfielder led UCSB in assists during Big West action in 2002, only to recieve second team honors, despite finishing fifth in the nation with 15 total assists. Currently fourth in the NCAA averaging 1.50 assists per game, McGill is out to prove that he is not only one of the premier midfielders on the West Coast, but in the nation.
The key to any team's success is the strength of backline. This season's newly comprised unit of Tony Lochhead, Jon Apilado, Darren Doi, Bryan Byrne and midfielder Greg Curry is quickly removing any doubts about it effectiveness. Along with All-Big West goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, UCSB's defense is currently tied for 23rd in the nation with a 0.62 goals against average, while holding opponents to a mere .059 shot percentage.
2 goals allowed
Scoring Offense Goals Against Avg. Win Percentage
28th (t) 23rd (t) 29th (t)
2.33 goals/g 0.62 GAA 0.833%
20th (t) 15th (t) 23rd (t)
7 total goals 2 goals allowed 2 Wins