Sept. 26, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Top-ranked UC Santa Barbara scored three goals in a span of less than four minutes midway through the first half and then added another in the second half to post a 4-0 win over visiting UNLV on Sunday afternoon.
Drew McAthy got UCSB on the scoreboard at the 19:11 mark when he took a cross from sophomore Greg Curry that was redirected off the head of senior forward Neil Jones and one-touched it past Rebel goalkeeper Peter Clitheroe. At 21:23, it was McAthy again as he scored on a header from the left side off of a cross from Matt Bly.
Less than two minutes after McAthy's second goal, Jones got into the act with a little help from McAthy. Bly chipped one to the left of the goal where McAthy hit a bicycle kick that Jones redirected with his head, past a sprawling Clitheroe to give the Gauchos a 3-0 lead that they took into halftime.
Jones capped an outstanding week with his second goal of the match and his fifth in UCSB's two weekend wins. At the 57:45 mark Tino Nuñez dribbled past a defender and into the right side of the penalty box. He then right-footed a pass across the goal box to Jones who shoved it to the left of UNLV's second goalkeeper, Matt Johnson. In UCSB's 3-0 win over UC Riverside on Thursday night, Jones scored three goals, his first career hat trick, against a team that had previously allowed just four goals overall.
Gauchos senior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy recorded five saves and his seventh shutout of the season. For Kennedy, who has now allowed just one goal in eight matches and has a 0.12 goals against average this season, it was the 28th shutout of the his career, a new school record.
The win improves UCSB's record to a perfect 8-0-0. UNLV is now 1-6-0. The Gauchos return action on Friday, October 1, when they travel to the University of San Francisco for a 7:00 p.m. match.