Sept. 14, 2004
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The defense of the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team is getting its just rewards having posted four consecutive shutouts to start it 2004 campaign. Seniors Tony Lochhead and Dan Kennedy were recognized both locally and nationally after anchoring the Gaucho defense to the tournament title at the UConn Husky adidas Classic and lifting Santa Barbara to a record setting No. 3 national ranking.
Lochhead, who has directed the UCSB defense from the middle all season, earned Big West Player of the Week honors and was named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week. As a unit the Gaucho defense limited then 21st ranked Seton Hall, a team that had been averaging 24.0 shots per game, to just 11 en route to Santa Barbara's 2-0 win. In the championship match the following night, UCSB's defense held host UConn to just two shots on goal. And in addition to anchoring the Gaucho defense, Lochhead has been given the task of grooming and playing alongside a true freshman in Andy Iro. Both honors are a first for Lochhead.
From in between the pipes goalkeeper Kennedy was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week and was recognized as the Santa Barbara News Press Athlete of the Week. In goal this season he has posted four consecutive shutouts having given up a goal in the first 360 minutes of play. In fact, dating back to last year he has not allowed a regular season goal in the last 589:14 minutes of play, and has blanked seven of his last eight opponents overall. The CSN National Team of the Week honors are Kennedy's second in his career, he was first named to the NTOW after shutting out USD 2-0 in UCSB's first ever NCAA Tournament game back in 2002.
As a team the Gauchos have yet to allow a goal in 2004 and have limited its opponents to an average of just 12.0 shots overall per game and 4.0 per game on goal.