Seventh-ranked Gauchos Take First Place Standing on the Road to Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton
Oct. 22, 2003
The Record: Overall 10-1-1 Big West 3-0-0
This Week's Schedule
Wednesday, October 22nd
1st place - No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 10-1-1 / 3-0-0 Big West
at 2nd place - Cal Poly 4-4-3 / 1-2-1 Big West
7:00 p.m. at Cal Poly's Mustang Stadium
Saturday, October 25th
1st place - No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 10-1-1 / 3-0-0 Big West
at 5th place - Cal State Fullerton 5-7-1 / 1-3-0 Big West
7:00 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium
5th - College Soccer News, Soccer Times
7th - NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll
10th - Soccer America
Back Where They Belong
With its wins this past week over UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge, the seventh-ranked (NSCAA) UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team retook the points lead in its race for a third consecutive Big West Conference title. Last Wednesday's 2-1 win at UCR proved the be the deciding factor in this week's standings, as the Highlanders are currently sitting in second place with seven points after beating Cal State Fullerton for the second time this season. The Gauchos' perfect 3-0-0 record gives them a two-point cushion over UCR, and a five-point edge over third place Northridge. Unbeaten in conference play last season, UCSB ran its Big West winning streak to 11 games, and its undefeated streak to 13, with its 3-2 win over title contender Northridge last Saturday. In the last three seasons, Santa Barbara has gone a combined 19-2-3 in conference action.
Guess Who's Back!
Well, maybe. Thought to be removed from play for 3-5 weeks after being injured in the match against Loyola Marymount two weeks ago, senior midfielder David McGill is listed as questionable for this week's contests. Despite missing the last three games with the injury, and the first game of the season with a red card suspension, or one-third of UCSB's games so far this year, the team co-captain remains second in the Big West with five total assists and 16th in the nation with a 0.633 assists per game average. In his absence, junior "slash" Matt Bly has excelled as his replacement, tallying four assists in three matches. The Gauchos' emotional leader will most likely see a number of minutes, but is not expected to start. But needless to say, just his prescence in the lineup and on the bench will be an added boast as UCSB looks to extend its lead on the rest of the pack.
It took a little while to get him going, but senior playmaker Memo Arzate has been unstoppable as of late, proving to the rest of the nation just how good he is. Currently leading the nation averaging 1.08 assists per game, the Hawaiian Gardens native tied the Big West Conference career assists record of 31 after tallying four assists this past week, including both game-winners, earning Big West Player of the Week honors. Arzate was also named to both Soccer America and College Soccer News' National Teams of the Week, it was the second time he has made SA's list this season. Having played just 33 games as a Gaucho since transferring from Compton College, should his current 0.96 career assists per game average stand up, it will be the highest in the 44-year history of NCAA Division One men's soccer.
The Week of the M
Highlighted by Memo Arzate's phenomenal week eight, it was a bunch M's that lead the Gauchos' charge into the Top Five of both the CSN and Soccer Times national polls, setting yet another school record. Capped by freshman defender Jeff Murphy's game-winning goal against No. 19 Cal State Northridge, it was a good week to have a name that started with an M (and in a couple of cases an N or a D). Junior forward Drew McAthy notched his ninth and tenth goals of the season to bring his career total to 31, tying him for fourth all-time in Big West history with former teammate and All-American Rob Friend. And junior Matt Bly tallied his fourth assist in the last three games in the win over CSN. Seniors Darren Doi, who assisted on McAthy's tenth goal, and Neil Jones, who also netted his ninth and tenth goals on the season this past week, were the only players involved in the goal scoring without an M in their name.
This Week's Number is Nine
As in Neil Jones and Drew McAthy's No. 9 ranking in the nation in goal scoring. With ten goals apiece through the first twelve games, including one apiece in each of the last three games, they are currently averaging 0.83 goals per game, placing both in the number nine slot. Jones, who wears number nine, is also tied for ninth in the nation averaging 2.00 points per game, thanks to his four assists. McAthy, who has one assist, is tied for 22nd with a 1.73 points per game mark, as is Memo Arzate who has 13 assists and four goals. The trio has accounted for 85.7% of the goal scoring on UCSB's tenth-ranked offense that is averaging 2.33 goals per game.
The True Key
Although much of the focus is always on UCSB's offense, it is the defense that has allowed the Gauchos to post the fourth best winning percentage this season in Divsion I. Thanks to the play of midfielders Matt Kubota, Jeff Murphy, and Matt Bly, along with the defensive backline of Tony Lochhead, Greg Curry, Darren Doi and Jon Apilado, UCSB was able to hold the nation's highest scoring offense (CSN) to just one goal in running time. Prior to the last three games, Santa Barbara had given up just four goals in nine matches. In the Gauchos' 6-3 over New Mexico, they were without Lochhead, the defensive leader in the middle, and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was involved in a serious auto accident the night prior. If you take away that game, UCSB has given up just 7 goals in 12 games (0.58 /g), including one against the nation's top-ranked offense.
Neil Jones Memo Arzate Drew McAthy David McGill Dan Kennedy 9th (t) 1st 9th (t) 16th 23rd 0.83 goals/g 1.08 assists/g 0.83 goals/g 0.63 assists/g 0.749 GAA 17th (t) 1st (t) 17th (t) ??? 18th (t) 10 goals 13 assists 10 goals 5 assists 9 goals allowed 9th (t) 22nd (t) 22nd (t) 2.00 points/g 1.75 points/g 1.75 points/g 19th (t) ??? ??? 24 Total points 21 Total Points 21 Total Points
Win % Scoring Offense GA Average Scoring Margin Shutout % 4th 10th 23rd 4th (t) 41st 87.5% 2.33 goals/g 0.81 GAA +1.50 0.42 /g 6th (t) 25th (t) 20th (t) 2.33 G/g 39th (t) 10 Wins 28 goals 10 goals all. 0.83 GA/g 5 Shutouts
Shots Sh Avg (rk) 1. McAthy 55 4.58 (1) 2. Jones 52 4.33 (2) 8. Arzate 25 2.08 (?) ?. McGill 18 2.25 (9)
Points Pts Avg 1. Jones 24 2.00 (1) 2. Arzate 21 1.75 (2t) McAthy 21 1.75 (2t)
Goals G Avg (rk) 1t. McAthy 10 0.83 (1t) 1t. Jones 10 0.83 (1t) 5t. Arzate 4 0.33 (6t)
Assists A Avg 1. Arzate 14 1.08 (1) 2t. McGill 5 0.62 (2t) 4t. Jones 4 0.33 (7t) 4t. Bly 4 0.33 (7t)
GAA GA Min Avg Sv Avg (rk) Sho 1. Kennedy 9 1082:00 0.75 39 3.25 (5) 5 (1)
Team Goals/g G Avg 2. UCSB 28 2.33
Assists/g A Avg 2. UCSB 36 3.00
Points/g P Avg 2. UCSB 92 7.67
Shots/g Sh Avg 1. UCSB 237 19.75
GAA GA Avg 2. UCSB 10 0.81
Shutout/g Sho Avg 1. UCSB 5 0.42