Third Team All-Far West
Second Team All-Big West
UC SANTA BARBARA
A co-captain for the second year in a row, his goal is to lead the team to the national championship.
Garnered Third Team All-Far West and Second Team All-Big West honors...Started 20 of the Gauchos' 21 matches and was one of the team's most consistent scorers all season...Finished second on the squad with 18 total points and 44 shots...Was the only player in the Big West Conference to net at least six goals and tally six assists...Both of those totals were career highs and ranked second on the team...Found the net and chipped in with an assist three different games, including the win over Alabama A&M (9/23), UCSB's 2-2 tie with Cal State Northridge (10/8) and in the 3-2 victory at UC Davis (10/26)...Scored one of the Gauchos' goals in the 3-2 loss to the Matadors in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (11/22)...Assisted on the game winner in the Gauchos' 2-0 win against Cal Poly (10/22)...Led all midfielders with a .500 shot on goal percentage.
After spending the first half of the season as a reserve, Byrne went on to start 10 of UCSB's final 11 matches...Was second among non-full time starters, and fifth among returning players, with 22 matches played, missing the three games midseason just prior to his string of ten starts...Netted two goals on the season, both game-winners, finding the back of the net against Seton Hall in week two (9/10), and against Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA Elite 8 (12/4)... Tallied a pair of assists on the season, including one in the National Semifinals against Duke (12/10)...Although he was not credited with an assist, he set up the game-tying goal against Indiana in the National Finals (12/12) to send the match to a pair of overtime periods...His .118 shot percentage was the second best to come out of the Gaucho midfield.
Byrne began his UCSB career by starting the first three games of the season, making a total of eleven appearances on the year...His four starts were the second most amongst the Gauchos' first-year players...Notched an individual-best two shots against San Jose State (8/31) and Loyola Marymount (10/5), tallying a total of seven on the season, the fourth-most by any non-starter...His lone assist came on the game-winning goal at Duke (9/7) to claim the Duke/adidas Classic title.
Played for Castle Villa FC from the under-10's to the under-18's, spending three seasons with the U-18's...Named Castle Villa's Young Player of the Year in 2000 and 2002...Recognized as the Kildare League Young Player of the Year in 2000...Helped guide the club to Kildare League and Lumsden Cup titles in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002...He also helped Castle Villa capture the Shield in 2003.
Attended Colaiste Lorcain HS...Led the team to the Kildare Schools League title in 1999-2000 after finishing second best in 1998-99...Also played Gaelic Football (similar to soccer) for Colaiste Lorcain, winning the league title in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
Bryan Byrne was born August 26, 1982 in Kilkenny, Ireland...Is a law and society major with a minor in sports management...Would like to pursue a career with daily involvement in soccer...When not playing soccer he enjoys eating his Italian roommate's cooking...He can't do without his Irish flag in the stands...Before a game he makes sure to get hydrated and get mentally prepared to work for 90+ minutes...Roots for Manchester United and its star forward Wayne Rooney...His favorite stadium to play in is Harder Stadium when there is a mist on the pitch...Being part of such a special team that made a run all the way to the championship game in 2004 was his most memorable moment in sports...He will always remember UCSB's 2004 Elite 8 game against VCU in front of over 11,000 fans in Harder Stadium...Would love to play with Rooney and Steven Gerrard...Enjoys watching the TV shows "King of Queens" and "Nip/Tuck"...Likes to listen to U2 and Coldplay...When it comes to books, he enjoys any soccer autobiography...Wants people to know that "your past is what makes you stronger as a person and that the last three years have prepared me for this year"...Can best be described as hard working and focused on achieving his goals...Nicknamed "Bernie" and "Burner"...Has a younger sister, Melissa...Son of Declan and Christine Byrne.
What is it that you bring to the UCSB men's soccer program and what would you like to help it accomplish?
"I bring hard work, commitment and experience. Having the opportunity to lead such a talented team is an honor. I feel that after playing under captains David McGill and Danny Kennedy and with a close friend and co-captain in Nate Boyden last season, I have the necessary tools to lead a team that has a great shot at winning the national championship. This is the year."