October 14, 2003

Gauchos Travel to UCR, Host Cal State Northridge in Key Big West Matches

Oct. 14, 2003

This Week
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
Wednesday, October 15, 2004 at 3:00 p.m.
at UCR's Soccer Complex

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
Saturday, October 18, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
at UCSB's Theodore "Spud" Harder Stadium

A Wild Affair
If any word can be used to describe UC Santa Barbara's 6-3 win over visiting New Mexico, it is wild. First off, six goals scored by the Gauchos were the most since they tallied six in a win over St. Mary's in early-September of 2002. The six goals also gives UCSB three consecutive seasons in which they have netted six goals in at least game. The three goals allowed, on the other hand, was just the third time in the past 32 games that the Gauchos have given up more than two goals. And the nine goals combined where the most in a UCSB match since the Gauchos defeated Menlo College 13-0 in 1998. Leading Santa Barbara's offensive onslaught was senior forward Neil Jones with two goals and one asisst, a performance that earned him his first career Big West Conference Co-Player of the Week honors. Jones is now averaging 2.00 points per game (20 total points), tying him for eleventh in the nation, and putting him on pace to tie All-American Rob Friend's 44 point total from last season, if the Gauchos play 22 games.

He's a Winner
Adding to his Big West Conference record, junior forward Drew McAthy netted his fourth game-winning goal of the season to increase his career total to 13. Since the conference began tracking game-winning goals in 2001, the year it reinstated men's soccer, McAthy has scored more game-deciding tallies than any other player in conference history. His current 0.80 goals per game average (8 goals) ties him with linemate Neil Jones for 15th in the nation. The McAthy-Jones duo, in fact, is the most productive 1-2 punch in Division I. Adding his one assist into the mix, McAthy is tied for second in the conference and 25th in the nation with 1.70 points per game (17 total points).

One Familiar Name and One New One
An assist hat-trick is nothing new to senior playmaker Memo Arzate, who added the third of his career in the win over New Mexico. The assist hat-trick was, however, a new experience for junior Matt Bly. Bly posted his first career three-assist performance against the Lobos as well. The three-goal performances by Arzate and Bly tie for the top performance in the nation this year. With his three dishes on Sunday, Arzate ran his Big West leading total to nine and bumping his average to 0.90 per game, the third best in the nation. Arzate now has 27 career assists, putting him just four shy of the Big West's all-time record. His career average of 0.871 stands as the fifth best ever in NCAA Division I history.

Taking It Back
With a record of 5-4-1 UC Riverside is off to its best start since moving to Division I three years ago. Currently sitting in first place in the Big West based upon total points, the Highlanders' five wins have matched their two previous season totals...combined. UCR, 1-1-0 in conference play, defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 last week, tacking on three points to the one it earned when they drew 0-0 with Cal State Northridge earlier in the season. The Gauchos look to take back their spot atop the conference standings and hand the Highlanders their first conference loss of the sesaon this Wednesday in Riverside. UCR is 3-1-1 at home this year. However, history is on UCSB's side which holds the all-time series advantage at 9-1-0, including all six since UCR made the jump to D-I in 2001. Last year, Santa Barbara blanked Riverside in both matches by a combined score of 8-0. But the Highlanders are much improved this year boasting the third highest scoring offense in the Big West at 1.20 goals per game. Leading the way is junior midfielder Luc Harrington, this week's co-Player of the week, who is fourth in the conference in total points off of six goals and four assists. Defensively freshman goalkeeper Chris Alamo has had his work cut out for him, averaging a Big West high 5.78 saves per game, placing him 13th in D-I.

A Playoff Feel
This Saturday's match between UCSB and Cal State Northridge renews a budding rivalry and it is the 21st meeting between the schools. The Gauchos hold a narrow lead in the series at 9-8-3. Currently ranked 20th by Soccer Times, the Matadors boast the nation's top-ranked offense averaging 3.11 goals per game. Since the Big West reinstated men's soccer in 2001, the UCSB-CSN matches have proven to be a deciding factor in who wins the conference championship. Last season, the Matadors handed the Gauchos their only blemish in Big West play, blanking UCSB in a very physical 0-0 draw in Northridge. And last time CSN came to Santa Barbara the game, which included six cards, was delayed 20 minutes with the score tied at 2-2 due to a power outage. But once the power was restored UCSB netted two goals to take the match 4-2, and essentially earned its second consecutive Big West crown. Currenlty fourth in the conference after tying UCR, the Matadors are led by freshman forward Willie Sims with five goals and two assists. But CSN is a very well rounded team with eight players boasting multiple goal totals. Northridge has outscored the opposition 27-9, with a nation's third best +2.00 ratio.

Overall Statistics for UC Santa Barbara
(as of October 13, 2003)

Overall Home Away Neutral All Games ( 8- 1- 1) ( 4- 1- 0) ( 3- 0- 1) ( 1- 0- 0) Big West Games ( 1- 0- 0) ( 1- 0- 0) ( 0- 0- 0) ( 0- 0- 0) Non-Conference Games ( 7- 1- 1) ( 3- 1- 0) ( 3- 0- 1) ( 1- 0- 0)

Player GP-GS G A Pts Sh Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 9 Jones, Neil 10-10 8 4 20 38 .211 11 .289 2 0-0 10 McAthy, Drew 10-9 8 1 17 44 .182 8 .182 4 1-1 22 Arzate, Memo 10-10 4 9 17 23 .174 5 .217 1 2-2 4 McGill, David 8-8 0 5 5 18 .000 1 .056 0 0-0 21 Murphy, Jeff 7-3 1 1 3 3 .333 1 .333 0 0-0 8 Bly, Matt 10-4 0 3 3 5 .000 1 .200 0 0-0 11 Deering, Gene 8-3 1 0 2 11 .091 5 .455 0 0-0 15 Lochhead, Tony 9-9 1 0 2 9 .111 1 .111 1 0-0 19 Kubota, Matt 10-10 0 2 2 17 .000 5 .294 0 0-0 17 Alcaraz, Johnny 10-0 0 1 1 7 .000 1 .143 0 0-0 16 Byrne, Bryan 7-4 0 1 1 6 .000 3 .500 0 0-0 6 Apilado, Jon 9-9 0 1 1 5 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 14 Wood, Corey 10-3 0 1 1 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 7 Doi, Darren 6-5 0 1 1 0 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 5 Scott, Pat 5-3 0 0 0 3 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 12 O'Hare, Pete 4-0 0 0 0 2 .000 1 .500 0 0-0 26 Curry, Greg 9-9 0 0 0 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 13 Major, Kale 1-0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 3 Claydon, Jon 2-0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 Gauchos 10 23 30 76 193 .119 43 .223 8 3-3 Opponents 10 7 7 21 110 .064 24 .218 1 0-0

Goalkeeper GP-GS Minutes GA Avg Saves Pct W L T Sho 1 Kennedy, Dan 10-10 902:00 6 0.60 37 .860 8 1 1 5.0 00 Pugh, Justin 1-0 26:50 1 3.35 2 .667 0 0 0 0.0 Gauchos 10 928:50 7 0.68 40 .851 8 1 1 5 Opponents 10 928:50 23 2.23 61 .726 1 8 1 1 Team saves: 1

Goals by period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Corners by period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total UC Santa Barbara 7 15 1 0 - 23 UC Santa Barbara 37 26 1 1 - 65 Opponents 0 7 0 0 - 7 Opponents 16 15 0 0 - 31

Shots by period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Fouls by period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total UC Santa Barbara 99 85 7 2 - 193 UC Santa Barbara 80 79 3 2 - 164 Opponents 46 60 3 1 - 110 Opponents 86 75 3 2 - 166

Saves by period 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Attendance Summary UCSB Oppo UC Santa Barbara 16 22 1 0 - 39 Total 3431 1479 Opponents 37 21 2 0 - 60 Dates/Avg Per Date 5/686 4/370 Neutral Site #/Avg 1/305 Shot Statistics UCSB Oppo Goals-Shot attempts 23-193 7-110 Shot percentage .119 .064 Shots on goal-Attempts 43-193 24-110 Shots on goal percentage .223 .218 Goals per game 2.3 0.7 Shots per game 19.3 11.0 Assists 29 7 Corner Kicks 65 31 Penalty Kicks 3-3 0-0 Penalties Fouls 164 166 Yellow cards 21 15 Red cards 0 2 Attendence Total 3431 1479 Dates/Avg Per Date 5/686 4/370 Neutral Site #/Avg 1/305