Sept. 5, 2003
Durham, N.C. -
Junior forward Drew McAthy unleashed for three goals, and Memo Arzate added a fourth as the 19th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer shutout NC State 4-0 in the first game of Duke's adidas Classic. Making up for a scoreless week one, McAthy posted his first career hat-trick as the Gauchos improved to 1-0-1 on the season. Up next for Santa Barbara is a showdown with host Duke University on Sunday.
Near the 30-minute mark, senior Neil Jones fed McAthy for what proved the game-winner on the first of two Jones assists. Jones also combined with David McGill on McAthy's third goal near the 75th minute. McGill finished the match with two assists as well, combining with Arzate on McAthy's second tally, leaving McGill needing only one more assist to break into the Big West Conference's career top-ten. While McAthy's three goals moved his career total to 24 in just over two seasons, tying him for fifth all-time in conference history with fellow Gaucho Chris John.
Arzate finished off the scoring with just under two minutes remaining, putting away an unassisted goal for his first of the year. The assist was Arzate's second this season, and the 20th of his career, moving him into fifth all-time in Big West history.
Although a bit untested between the pipes, thanks to a stingy UCSB defense that allowed just five shots on the day, junior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy posted his first shutout of the year, making two saves over the complete 90 minutes. Kennedy now has 14 career complete game shutouts just two games into his junior year, giving him sole possession of fifth place in the Big West record books.
Santa Barbara out-shot the Wolfpack 19 to 5 in the two teams' first-ever meeting, headed by McAthy's five (four on goal) and followed by senior Gene Deering's three, all which where on frame but steered clear by NC State keeper Jorge Gonzalez. Of the Gauchos' 19 shots, eleven of them were on goal compared to just two for the Pack.
Two Wolfpack players received yellow cards on the day, as did Jones and Arzate, both of which were their first cards of the season.
After a day off, UCSB faces the host school, 15th-ranked Duke (Soccer Times), in a match scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. kickoff p.s.t. Following the Duke match, the Gauchos return to Santa Barbara for their home opener next Friday, September 12th against Michigan State at 7:00 p.m. in the newly resurfaced Harder Stadium.