Sept. 15, 2002
St. Louis, Mo. -
Senior forward Rob Friend scored his fifth goal of the season, one in each match, to lead the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team to a 4-1 win at the Nike Classic in St. Louis, Missouri. The victory allowed the Gauchos to remain perfect on the year at 5-0-0.
Friend scored at 37:06 mark in the first half on an assist by Memo Arzate. Gene Deering scored at the 53:08 mark, also on assist by Arzate, to make the score 2-0 Gauchos. Just over eight minutes later, UCSB struck again, this time on a penalty kick by Drew McAthy.
Jon Apilado capped the scoring with a goal at the 87:46 mark off of an assist from Matt Kubota. Southwest Missouri scored its only goal in the final minute of the match. Matt Siegal scored unassisted off of a failed clearing by UCSB.
Santa Barbara had four players named the Nike Classic All-Tournament team in claiming the tourney title by virtue of goal differential over Saint Louis. Forwards Rob Friend and Gene Deering were each recognized as both players each scored a both in each game. Midfielder Memo Arzate assisted on three goals in the two games to be honored. And defender Alan Keely was also named to the all-tourney team, captaining a defense that gave up just two goals.
In their five matches, the Gauchos have outscored their opponents 21-7. UCSB returns to action on Saturday, September 21 to host crosstown rival Westmont College in a 7:00 p.m. match at Harder Stadium.