Nov. 19, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
For the second consecutive season, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team had nine players named All-Conference by the Big West. Senior midfielder Memo Arzate was named the conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Year, marking the third straight year that a Gaucho has received the award. Junior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was recognized as the Big West Goalkeeper of the Year for the second time in his career.
In addition to Arzate and Kennedy making First Team All-Big West, junior forward Drew McAthy, senior midfielder David McGill, and junior defender Tony Lochhead also received the conference's high honors for a total of five first teamers, the most of any school. Santa Barbara also led all of the conference schools with a total number of nine players selected. Junior forward Neil Jones, senior midfielder Matt Kubota, and junior defender Jon Apilado all received second team honors, while senior defender Darren Doi was named Honorable Mention.
This year's honors mark the third straight season that juniors Kennedy, Lochhead and McAthy have been recognized, and the second time that McAthy has been named to the first team. McGill and Arzate have now earned all-conference honors for both of their two seasons as Gauchos. The first team recognition is Arzate's second and McGill's first.
Senior Matt Kubota made the jump to the second team after being named Honorable Mention as a junior, and juniors Jones and Apilado cracked the all-conference teams for the first time in their careers. Doi's honorable mention accolades are his first in his four seasons as a Gaucho.
UCSB's nine all-conference players, along with the rest of their teammates, will begin NCAA Tournament play next week when they host the winner of Cal vs. San Jose State in second round action on Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.