Aug. 31, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
With a little help from their Friend, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team opened the 2001 season on a dominating note Friday night, defeating Long Island University 3-0 in the first round of the Kappa Klassic in Santa Barbara.
Junior forward Rob Friend, a member of the Canada's National Team and a transfer from Western Michigan, assisted on UCSB's first two goals of the night. Friend's first assist came at the 4:00 minute mark, when another newcomer, freshman defender Tony Lochhead, scored on a bullet from the corner at the top of the box. The score remained 1-0 at halftime.
The Gauchos made the score 2-0 in the second half, when Friend fed Matt Kubota, who then dribbled around the right side of the box, beat a defender and slid a shot past Blackbird goalkeeper Eric Masters.
UCSB's final goal was a beauty. Lochhead, a member of New Zealand's Junior National Team, again came up from his defender position to be involved. Lochhead nailed a perfect cross to Joe Hubay-Dies, who put the header past Masters, giving the Gauchos their 3-0 victory.
The 3-0 score was not indicative of how dominating UCSB's performance was. The Gauchos outshot LIU 14-1, and freshman goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was never tested and was called on to make just one save.
The match was the season-opener for each team. The teams return to action on Sunday in the final games of the Kappa Klassic. Long Island will take on Cal Poly at 11:00 a.m. and UCSB will host the University of Illinois-Chicago at 2:00 p.m. Both contests will take place at Harder Stadium.