Men's Soccer Hosts MPSF Schools

Oct. 1, 2001

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Schedule

Match No. 8
Friday, October 5, 2001 at 8:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Fresno State Bulldogs
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 9
Sunday, October 7, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Denver Pioneers
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Bite Of The Bulldogs

UCSB will host MPSF power Fresno State on Friday night in their second straight doubleheader with the UCSB women's team. The Gauchos have a 12-14-4 record against their former MPSF foe. Last season, UCSB shutout Fresno State, 1-0 at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs enter this season's contest with a 3-2-3 record. Last weekend, Fresno State traveled to Palo Alto for the Stanford/Nike Tournament. After a 1-1 tie with Pac-10 team California, the Bulldogs suffered a 4-0 shutout at the hands of third-ranked Stanford. Leading the way for Fresno State is senior midfielder Noah Delgado. Delgado has scored six goals in eight matches while adding two assists. He was also named to the Fila Cup all-Tournament team. Junior midfielder Kupono Low has also proved to be a offensive threat with four goals scored and two assists. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Jeremy Proud has allowed only 10 goals in eight matches while posting a 1.11 goals allowed average. He has recorded three shutouts this season while tallying 32 saves.

Pioneer Pride

The Denver Pioneers will travel to UCSB on Sunday for a 2:00 pm matchup at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos have not faced the Pioneers since 1999 when they shutout Denver 2-0 in Santa Barbara. UCSB holds a 2-0-0 all-time edge over the Pioneers. This season, Denver has established themselves as one of the premier teams in the MPSF, buildng a 5-2-2 record and holding the lead in the MPSF chamionship race. The Pioneers are lead by Nic Hartman who has scored four goals and assisted in two others in nine matches. Also adding to the Pioneer punch is Matt Harrell, the leading shot taker with 18, has three goals and one assist in eight matches played. Eric Van Deman matches Harrell with three goals and an assist this season. In the net for Denver is Jarvis Parker, who has allowed six goals in 785 minutes played. He allows a mere .69 goals per game, while recording 28 saves in eight matches.

The Streak Is Broken, Gauchos Match #22 Bruins 0-0 In 2OT

After 14 straight losses to UCLA, UCSB broke the streak with a 0-0 double overtime tie on Friday night. Despite being outshot 19-12 and losing starting defender Reuben Bates to a red card in the 65th minute, the Gauchos were able to keep the 22nd-ranked Bruins out of the net for 120 minutes. UCSB was led by junior forward Rob Friend with three shots, while freshman forward Nate Boyden added two shots. Freshman goalkeeper Dan Kennedy recorded a career-high six saves while not allowing a goal for the fourth time this season.

Kennedy Is King

Freshman goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has proved to be one of the brightest additions to the Gauchos this season. In 660 minutes, Kennedy has allowed a mere five goals, only .68 per match. The Yorba Linda native posted a career-high six saves in the 0-0 tie with 22nd-ranked UCLA on Friday night, bringing his save total to 15 and boosting his save percentage to .750. Kennedy has also posted three shutout victories this season and held the Bruins scoreless for 120 minutes in the double overtime tie. As a true freshman, Kennedy has played every minute of game time this season and has a 4-2-1 record in the net.

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