10 - Drew McAthy
Drew McAthy
Birth Date: 09/10/1982
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Huntington Beach HS
Position: Forward
UC Santa Barbara
2003:
Named First Team All-Big West for his third consecutive all-conference honors, becoming the first player since 1970 (Dave Hollingsworth), along with teammates Dan Kennedy and Tony Lochhead, to earn all-conference accolades three times...Finished 28th in the nation (Division I) with a 0.64 goals per game average, tops amongst the team and the Big West...Led or tied for the Big West and team lead in goals, points, shots, and game-winning goals...His 14 goals on the season tied as the fifth best in school history, giving him two of the top five single season performances in UCSB history and bumping his career total to 35, the third most in both school and Big West history and eleven shy of the school record...Also tallied two assists to run his season point total to 30 and place him in a tie for seventh on the Gauchos' season top ten and third on the career chart with 79 in his three years...One of five Gauchos to appear in all 22 matches, starting 19, he has appeared in all but one of UCSB's 63 matches in the past three seasons...After being held scoreless in the season opener, McAthy came off the bench against NC State at the Duke/adidas Classic to net his first career hat-trick in UCSB's 4-0 win, a conference season-high and the second best (tie) single-game performance in Gaucho history...Followed his hat-trick up with the game-winning goal against Duke to earn tournament MVP honors as well as College Soccer News National Team of the Week and Big West Player of the Week honors...McAthy rang up his third consecutive game-winning goal the following week netting both goals in UCSB's 2-1 win over Michigan State for his second of three multi-goal performances on the year...Fired off a season high eight shots against UC Riverside and finished the year with 94, the second highest in school history, to run his career total to 196, fourth all-time and 37 shy of the record at UCSB...Down 2-1 in the second half, McAthy put away the game-tying goal against St. John's in the Sweet 16 to help send the game to overtime...Remained perfect for his career by going 3-for-3 on penalty kicks.
2002: McAthy had a break-out season finishing tied for 16th in the nation with 17 goals and earning Third Team All-Far West Region honors from the NSCAA...His 0.77 goals per game average ranked 26th in the nation...Had he not been somewhat overshadowed by his All-American linemate Rob Friend, the First Team All-Big West forward produced one of the best offensive performances ever in the Big West and at UCSB, placing himself third all-time on UCSB single-season scoring list and seventh all-time on the Big West's...Netted seven game-winners in his sophomore season to lead the team while setting a new conference record, his nine career total is second all-time in the Big West books...Also tallied two assists on the year to give a team and Big West second-best 36 total points for the season, a number that stands places him sixth on the Gaucho single-season list and 10th on the Big West's...Was just one of seven players to appear in all 22 matches, making 18 starts on the forward line...Took 70 shots on the season to finish second on the team as well as in the Big West...His .243 shot percentage was the highest of any starting offensive player on the team...McAthy scored with less than five minutes remaining in double-overtime to give the Gauchos a 3-2 win over Michigan in their season-opener...He then scored the game-winner in next game at Michigan State, earning Big West Player of the Week honors...Scored at Berkeley in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in UCSB's 2-1 loss to Cal...Second amongst returnees with a .208 career shot percentage...Rang-up multi-goal games at home against UC Riverside, Westmont and UC Irvine, as well as at UC Irvine.
2001: McAthy had an outstanding freshman year, finishing second on the team with 13 points...An All-Big West Honorable Mention at forward he finished the season tied for second on the team with four goals...His five assists tied him for the third most on the team...Scored game winning goals in two of UCSB's biggest games of the year, a 1-0 shutout over cross-town rival and NAIA powerhouse Westmont, and the Gauchos 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton to open Big West play...Played in 18 matches and of the 12 he started UCSB won or tied 9 of them...Took 32 shots finding the back of the net 12.5% of the time...Racked up 8 points in three consecutive games off of two goals and four assists against Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside.
PDL/Club
Switched coasts in 2004, joining the Cape Cod Crusaders of the Premier Development League, helping the defending national champions to the yet another postseason appearance at the nation's highest amateur level...Finished second on the team with five goals despite appearing in just nine matches for the Crusaders after missing the first portion of season...Also tallied two assists for Cape Cod where he was joined by linemate Neil Jones...Split time with some of the nation's top players on the forward line of the Orange County Blue Star of the PDL in 2003...Netted three goals in twelve matches with the Blue Star...Scored the game-winner against the Cascade Surge in the 74 minute to propel OC to semi-finals of the national playoffs against the Chicago Fire Reserves...Was joined by teammates Matt Kubota and Dan Kennedy on the Blue Star roster...Spent his entire club career with the Wolfpack Soccer Club...McAthy led the Wolfpack to the Finals of the Snickers National Cup in 2000.
High School
Prepped at Huntington Beach High School where he was coached by Kevin Smith and Will Cummins...Saw time on all three lines scoring 41 career goals and tallying 28 career assists, a HBHS record...Also holds his schools record for assists in a season...Helped lead the Oilers to a Sunset League Championship as a sophomore...Three times named All-Sunset League, Sunset League MVP, and All-Orange County...Honored with the Principal's Award as a junior for having the highest GPA on the team...Also played baseball for the Oilers...Named Huntington Beach High School's Athlete of the Year his senior year...Recognized as a Scholar with Distinction upon graduation.
Personal
Drew Alan McAthy was born in Huntington Beach, CA on September 10, 1982...Is majoring in Communication at UCSB...Looks to become a professional soccer player...Would one day like to play with the US National Team...When not playing soccer he is more than likely resting...His most disappointing sporting moment came when the team lost in the 2002 NCAA Tournament to Cal...Before a game he makes sure to get focused...He can best be described as fun...Has a younger brother, Kyle, and an older brother, Aaron, who was member of the Gauchos from 2000 to 2001...Son of Greg and Janie McAthy.
What has been, or is, the most rewarding aspect of playing soccer for UCSB?
"Being a part of a team that is gaining respect across the nation. Other teams know and respect us for our hard work and commitment and that gives us an edge every game we play."