October 20, 2003

No.7 Gauchos Earn Highest National Ranking in Program History; Memo Arzate Named Big West Player of the Week After Setting Conference Record

Oct. 20, 2003

Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior playmaker Memo Arzate used four assists on the week to claim a share of the Big West Conference career assist record with his 31st, earning the conference's player of the week and College Soccer News team of the week honors in turn. Just past the midpoint of the 2003 season, Arzate now has 13 assists to tack onto his 2002 total of 18. And now meeting the NCAA's minimum requirements, his current average of 0.96 assists per game stands as the highest ever in the 44-years of its sponsorship of men's soccer.

Arzate got the week started by assisting on both goals of the seventh-ranked Gauchos' 2-1 win on the road against second place UC Riverside. The senior from Hawaiian Gardens then put up two more helpings in UCSB's 3-2 over conference rival and then 20th-ranked Cal State Northridge, including the feed on Jeff Murphy's game-winner. This week's honors from the Big West were Arzate's first of the season and the second of his career. And he has now been named to CSN's national team of the week three times in his career, after making it twice as a junior.

In his two seasons with the Gauchos, Arzate has helped UCSB ascend onto the national scene, including this weeks No. 7 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas coaches poll, the highest ever by the NSCAA in program history, topping the No. 9 ranking of two weeks ago. In addition, Santa Barbara also received its highest national ranking overall when it achieved a No. 5 ranking by both College Soccer News and Soccer Times.

Arzate and the Gauchos look to continue their school record 13-game conference unbeaten streak when they travel this week to Cal Poly on Wednesday, October 22, and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, October 25. Both game times are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.