UCSB's Rob Friend Named Big West Men's Soccer Player Of The Week

Sept. 4, 2001

Santa Barbara, Calif. - UCSB junior forward Rob Friend has been selected the Big West Player of the Week this week after leading the Gauchos to a 2-0 opening-weekend record.

In Friday night's 2-0 season-opening victory over Long Island, Friend assisted on each of the team's first two goals. On Sunday, his first goal as a Gaucho snapped a scoreless tie in the 70th minute, and UCSB went on to defeat 21st-ranked University of Illinois-Chicago, 2-0, in the Kappa Klassic.

Friend, a transfer from Western Michigan, where he was an All-Mid American Conference choice last year, is a member of the Canadian National Team.