No. 25 Men's Soccer With The Nations Highest Scoring Offense Looks To Keep It's Perfect Record Rolling With A Pair Of Matches This Weekend
The Record: Overall 7-0-0 Big West 0-0-0
This Week's Schedule Friday, October 4th #25 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. San Diego State Aztecs 7:00 p.m. at UCSB's Harder Stadium
Sunday, October 6th #25 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at #7 Loyola Marymount Lions 3:00 p.m. at LMU's Sullivan Field * Los Angeles, Calif.
I guess once UC Santa Barbara reached the top they decided it would be a nice place to stay. After taking over the nation's scoring lead last week by a 0.66 goals per game margin, the Gauchos used week four to up their lead on the rest of the nation, increasing the gap to 0.85 goals per game. Santa Barbara has set the bar at 4.14 goals per game, leading second place Wisconsin-Milwaukee by nearly a goal per game with its 3.29 average. UCSB's 29 goals ties them for third in Division I. Maryland and USD, which have each played ten matches, have tallied 31 goals and hold the overall lead in goals. Of the teams in DI who have played seven matches, the same number of matches Santa Barbara has played, UWM is second to UCSB with 23 goals.
After last weekend's flurry of losses to a number of the nation's unbeaten, UCSB and Yale stand as the only to teams in Division I without a loss or tie on their records. The Gauchos, however, hold the edge in wins with seven, although still with a perfect 1.000% win percentage, Yale only has five. Santa Barbara's current active win streak of seven games is second only to Coastal Carolina which is riding an eight-game win streak after dropping their first game of the season. UCSB is tied with Holy Cross for second. If the Gauchos were to sweep this weekend's competition they will tie the University's record for best start in history which doubles as the its longest winning streak.
Memo To The Media: He's Good!
Apparently one assist hat trick in one month wasn't enough for midfielder Memo Arzate. In the Gauchos' 3-0 over Sacramento State, Arzate assisted on all three of Santa Barbara's goals to complete his second hat trick of the year. The Hawaiian Gardens native has now tallied three assists in each of UCSB's last two games and has a total of eight in the last three matches. With ten assists through seven matches, Arzate now leads the nation with a 1.43 assists per game average and is one of only two people in Division I to have a double-digit assist total. Stanford's Roger Levesque, with nine matches under his belt this season, has eleven. So far there have only been seven players in the nation to accumulate three or more assists in a single game, Memo is the only player to have accomplished the feat twice this year. Thanks in large part to his play over the last two weeks, the Compton College transfer was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week for week five.
It Wins Championships
Before the start of the 2002 season, head coach Tim VomSteeg knew that his team's defense would be somewhat of a question mark with only one starting defender returning from last year's squad. He also knew that with the players they already had and the ones that were coming in that this year's defense could be better than last year's. And after seven matches it appears the unit of Tony Lochhead, Alan Keely, Jon Apilado and midfielder Dan Young has gelled into a stubborn defense, allowing just 60 shots by the Gauchos' opponents. Take away the first two matches of the year, against Michigan, who is a top ten team offensively, and Michigan State who has been in and out of the Top-25 all year, UCSB's defense has allowed only 35 shots in the last five games. Over that five-game span the Gauchos have outshot their opponents 123-35 while outscoring them 21-4.
One Step Closer...
...and he just might break...the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a goal. With two goals in the win over Sac State, Rob Friend has run his streak to eleven consecutive games where he has found the back of the net. Over the eleven game stretch, fourth longest in NCAA history, the senior forward has netted 14 goals, including four in the last two games. The current record of 16 straight matches was set in 1961 by Pete Milich of Akron. If Friend scores in both of this weekend's matches, putting the streak at 13 games, it will tie as the third longest in NCAA history. The Kelowna, B.C. native is currently tied for second in the nation with 1.29 goals per game, and tied for fourth in the nation averaging 3.00 points per game.
The Action On The Aztecs
The Gauchos welcome San Diego State (2-5-1) to Harder Stadium this Friday for the 28th meeting between the teams. Santa Barbara downed SDSU 3-1 last season in San Diego, but the Aztecs hold a 17-7-3 advantage in the series. San Diego State has been paced by Paul Szefler with five goals and one assist, and goalkeeper Brian Barnes is sporting a .714 save percentage.
Loyola Marymount, ranked 7th nationally, presents the Gauchos with their biggest challenge so far this season and is the first ranked opponent UCSB will have faced after gaining its own national recognition. The Lions (8-0-2) are yet to lose this season thanks in large part to their defense which has allowed just six goals through ten matches, offensively midfielder Kevin Novak leads the team with six goals and one assist for 13 total points.
Droppin' A M-Bomb
Junior transfer David McGill has proved to be a valuable asset in the midfield, second on the team in assists with five, the Dubliner is tied for 14th in the nation with 0.71 assists per game.
NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll 25th
College Soccer News 21st
Soccer America 23rd
Soccer Times 22nd
Rank in the Nation...Statistically Speaking
Team 1st Scoring Offense 4.14 goals per game
1st (t) Won/Loss Percentage 1.000%
3rd (t) Total Goals 29
2nd Longest active win streak at 7 games
1 of 2 Teams w/ a perfect record *Yale is the other at 5-0-0
Arzate1st 1.43 assists per game 2nd 10 Total Assists 3rd (twice) Assists in a game (3)
Rob Friend 2nd (t) 1.29 goals per game 4th (t) 3.00 points per game 8th (t) 21 Total Points
David McGill 14th (t) 0.71 assists per game
Big West Statistics
Points Per Game (rk) 1. Friend 21 3.00 (1) 2. Arzate 12 1.71 (3) Deering 12 1.71 (3) McAthy 12 1.71 (2) 6. Young 9 1.29 (5) 9. McGill 7 1.00 (7)
Goals Per Game (rk) 1. Friend 7 1.29 (1) 2. McAthy 6 0.86 (2) 3. Deering 5 0.71 (3) 4. Young 4 0.57 (4)
Assists Per Game (rk) 1. Arzate 10 1.43 (1) 2. McGill 5 0.71 (2) 4. Friend 3 0.43 (4)
Goals Against Avg. 3. Kennedy 9 1.53 (4)