Undefeated No. 25 Men's Soccer And Its Top-Ranked Offense Plays Host To Sacramento State This Weekend
This Week's Schedule
Sunday, September 29th
#25 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Sacramento State
1:00 p.m. at UCSB's Harder Stadium
Tops In The Nation
With its 26 goals in six matches the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team has set the bar as the highest scoring offense in the nation entering week four. The Gauchos 4.33 goals per game average is two-thirds of a goal per game higher than second-best UNC Greensboro. Santa Barbara's 26 goals are the second most by any team thus far, just short of Maryland's 28 team goals.
Who's Next? (Streak #1)
In addition to tying for the Division I lead with its 1.000% win/loss percentage by virtue of a 6-0 record to open the season, the Gauchos' current six game winning streak stands as the third longest active win streak in DI. Stanford, which is ranked number one in the country, is riding the nation's second longest streak at seven games. New Mexico leads the nation with a perfect 8-0-0 record. UCSB's six consecutive wins is the fourth longest win streak in school history, and the 6-0 start is the second best all-time.
From Across The Border And Into The Books (Streak #2)
It took a little time, but senior Rob Friend has made his way into the NCAA record books. As one of the key players on the Gauchos' top-ranked offense, the Canadian National player has scored at least one goal in each of the last ten matches in which he has played, dating back to last season. His current streak of ten games ties as the seventh longest streak in NCAA history. If Friend scores in this weekend's match against Sacramento State, he will tie the fourth longest streak in history at eleven games. Friend is currently fourth in the nation with a 2.83 points per game average and tied for seventh in both points (17) and goals per game (1.17). With 18 career goals he currently tenth all-time at UCSB. Friend's forward line mate, sophomore Drew McAthy, is tied for tenth in the nation with a 1.00 goals per game average.
Just A Short Recess
After taking a 20 year hiatus from a national coaches poll, UCSB broke into the NSCAA/adidas National Coaches Poll as the No. 25 team in the nation entering week four. The Gauchos were last recognized in a coaches poll back in 1982 when they finishd the year ranked 16th by the ISAA, the equivalent to the modern day NSCAA. The first national poll to recognize Santa Barbara in 2002, College Soccer News, which tabbed the Gauchos 25th in week two, currently has UCSB at 21st in the nation. The two other major national polls, Soccer America and Soccer Times, each have UC Santa Barbara posted as the No. 24 team in the country. Stanford is No. 1 in all four polls in which the Gauchos are ranked.
The Man With The Magical Foot
After what would be considered a slow start for someone who amassed 63 points in a single season, junior Compton College transfer Memo Arzate has turned it on over the last two games. Scoring just one goal and assisting on two others through the first four matches, Arzate has since directed the Gauchos' attack in their last two games, assisting on five of Santa Barbara's eight goals. His vision of the field and soft touch has been directly responsible for more than half of the Gauchos' goals over the last two games and has moved the Hawaiian Gardens native into the national rankings. Currently the lightfooted midfielder is second in Division I with seven assists and third in the nation with a 1.17 assists per game average. Arzate's three assists in the match against Westmont ties as third most in a game this season in DI. Fellow junior transfer David McGill is tied for ninth in Division I with 0.83 assists per game.
The Keepers Of The Cup
For the second straight year, UCSB defeated Westmont in the annual crosstown battle, retaining the Bryant & Sons Cup by downing the Warriors 5-2 in front of nearly 1,700 fans this past Saturday. The Gauchos have now won three of the last four meetings with Westmont, their five goals on Saturday were the most ever by Santa Barbara in the series. Drew McAthy and Rob Friend each had a pair of goals, and midfielder Memo Arzate tallied three assists on the night.
Into The Nest
Sacramento State comes into this weekend's match with an even 2-2-2 record, with wins coming over Cal Poly (3-1) and Dominican (2-0). The Hornets are led by a trio of players. Patrick Nelle, Alexis Maurtua and Brent Hamilton, had each recorded two goals on the young season. Sac State has outshot its opponents 102 to 62 but has come up on the short-end in the goal column being outscored 12-10. UCSB has a 3-3-1 record all-time against Sacramento having pounded the Hornets 6-0 in the meeting in 2000 at Harder Stadium.
The Friendly Confines
Going into this weekend the Gauchos have won their last five games in Harder Stadium, and are unbeaten in their last seven. Through the course of last season and this season, UCSB has won 11 of their last 16 home matches, having lost just twice for an astonishing .846 win percentage. Over that time the Gauchos have outscored their opponents 29-to-11 with an average winning margin of 1.12 goals per game. In fact, out of the last four home matches they have shutout their opponent three times. In the last five games played in Harder, the Gaucho defense has given up just two goals. This year, the Gauchos have outscored their opponents 11-2 with a 61-18 advantage in shots in games played at home.
Rank in the Nation...Statistically Speaking
1st Scoring Offense
4.33 goals per game
1st (t) Won/Loss %
2nd (t) Total Goals
3rd Longest active win streak
2nd (t) 7 Total Assists
3rd 1.17 assists per game
3rd (t) Assists in a game (3)
4th 2.83 points per game
7th (t) 1.17 goals per game
7th (t) 17 Total Points
10th (t) 1.00 goals per game
9th (t) 0.83 assists per game
UCSB Leads The Big West In:
Shots 142 Shots per game 23.67 Points 77 Points per game 12.83 Goals 26 Goals per game 4.33 Assists 25 Assists per game 4.17 Scoring Margin +2.8
Big West Statistics
Points - Per Game (rank) 1. Friend 17 - 2.88 (1) 2. McAthy 12 - 2.00 (2) 3. Deering 9 - 1.50 (3) Young 9 - 1.50 (3) Arzate 9 - 1.50 (3) 8. McGill 7 - 1.17 (7)
Goals - Per Game (rank) 1. Friend 7 - 1.17 (1) 2. McAthy 6 - 1.00 (2) 3. Deering 4 - 0.67 (3) Young 4 - 0.67 (3)
Assists - Per Game (rank) 1. Arzate 7 - 1.17 (1) 2. McGill 5 - 0.83 (2) 4. Friend 4 - 0.50 (3) 5. Jones 2 - 0.33 (7) Kubota 2 - 0.33 (7) Lochhead 2 - 0.33 (7)