Men's Soccer Finishes Eight Match Homestand With Cal Poly
Oct. 15, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Match No. 12
Friday, October 19, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs
at UCSB's Harder Stadium
Match No. 13
Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
at Matador Stadium
Might Of The Mustangs
UCSB will conclude its eight match homestand with central coast rival Cal Poly. The Mustangs enter the contest 1-7-1, 0-2 in Big West play. Cal Poly is also currently on a seven match losing streak. The Mustangs opened their Big West schedule last weekend with a 2-1 loss to UC Irvine and suffered a 1-0 shutout at the hands of Cal State Fullerton. Overall, UCSB has a 25-12-2 record against their Big West foe. However, the Gauchos were shutout 3-0 last season at Mustang Stadium. Cal Poly is led this season by James Newton, who has scored two goals in seven matches played. Goalkeeper Greg Blevins has posted a 2.60 goals allowed average, while notching 33 saves in seven matches.
Cal State Northridge played its first ever Big West conference match last weekend when it defeated UC Riverside 2-0. Now, the Matadors will face UCSB, with the teams boasting an even 7-7-2 all-time record. Cal State Northridge enters the week 6-2-2 with a victory over UC Riverside and a tie with Loyola Marymount coming last week. In their first Big West season, the Matadors have found a home in the statistics, leading the conference in points (43), goals per game (5.38), assists per game (1.62) and fouls per game (20). Their record also gives the Matadors the highest winning percentage in the Big West. Freshman Yossi Raz leads the Big West with six goals and one assist in eight matches played for a conference leading 13 points. Arshak Abyanli trails behind his teammate with two goals and three assists in eight matches. Abyanli and teammate Edwin Miranda also lead the Big West in assists with three apiece.
Gauchos Defeat Cal State Fullerton 3-2 In Conference Opener
UCSB opened their Big West conference schedule with a thrilling victory over pre-season favorite Cal State Fullerton. The Titans, who were last season's MPSF champions, took the lead early with two goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Despite being down 2-0 at halftime, the Gauchos rallied back behind the play of junior forward Rob Friend. Friend scored in the 47th minute and in the 58th minute to even the score at 2-2. In the 71st minute, Friend found Drew McAthy and fed him the game-winner. Senior forward Jaime Ambriz assisted on both of Friend's goals and Tony Lochhead also assisted on McAthy's game-winner. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy allowed two goals and notched four saves.
UCSB Earns Third Tie Of Season, 2-2 With UC Irvine
After Friday night's stunning win, UCSB rallied from behind once again to tie with UC Irvine 2-2 in a double overtime contest. After a scoreless first period, the Gauchos scored their first goal in the 52nd minute when Neil Jones headed a Matt Kubota pass into the net. The Anteaters struck back less than a minute later and evened the score on a Jesse Peron goal. After UC Irvine took the lead in the 65th minute, it looked as though all was lost. However, senior defender Reuben Bates steered a Aaron McAthy tip into the net in the 88th minute to even the score once again. After 30 minutes of overime play, the score remained 2-2 at the completion of play. Forwards Jaime Ambriz and Rob Friend each took five shots in the contest to lead the Gauchos. Ambriz also assisted on Bates' goal. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy notched three saves while allowing two goals in the match.