Oct. 26, 2001
Riverside, Calif. -
Sophomore goalkeeper Erik Stolhandske made his first start for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team on Friday, and the Gauchos made it easy for him.
Stolhandske, starting in place of Dan Kennedy who received a red card in Sunday's loss at Cal State Northridge, faced just five shots against UC Riverside, and led the Gauchos to a 4-0 victory.
The Gauchos got on the board at the 21:50 mark, when Gene Deering took a flick from freshman Drew McAthy, and blasted into the upper-right corner, making it 1-0. Freshman Nate Boyden made it 2-0 at the 25:41 mark, chipping home a volley from Neil Jones. The play was started by junior forward Rob Friend, who popped a pass to Jones, for an assist.
In the second half, the Gauchos continued the pressure. At the 55:53 mark, Jones scored on a penalty kick, giving UCSB a 3-0 advantage. Drew McAthy, the team's top midfielder, then closed out the scoring. At the 78:28 minute, McAthy went it alone, dribbling through the five Highlander defenders, and then hitting a lazer from 15-yards out, into the lower left corner of the goal, making it 4-0 UCSB.
Stolhandske made two saves in the victory, but was never tested in the second half, as the Gauchos outshot UC Riverside 18-1.
UCSB is now 7-4-1 overall, and 3-1-1 in Big West play. They are off the remainder of the weekend, and then they return home on Friday to host Cal State Northridge at 8:00 p.m.