September 18, 2001

Men's Soccer Opens Eight Match Homestand With NAIA Rival Westmont

Sept. 18, 2001

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Schedule

Match No. 5
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Westmont Warriors
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 6
Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. San Jose State Spartans
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

UCSB Reignites Hot Rivalry With Westmont

The Gauchos will return home to start their eight match homestand against cross town rival and NAIA powerhouse Westmont. Last season, the Warriors came out victorious with a 2-0 win at Harder Stadium. The Warriors will enter the next chapter in the UCSB rivalry with a 3-0-2 record. Westmont, which was ranked seventh in the preseason NAIA poll, are hoping to keep their unbeaten streak alive after a 9-0 victory over CS Monterrey Bay and an 1-0 overtime win over Notre Dame de Namur. Westmont is lead by junior defender Ben Meek, who has scored two goals and three assists in only five matches. Junior forward Dana Weymouth and junior midfielder Mark Oehlman have each tallied three goals apiece. In the net for the Warriors, goalkeeper David Jay has allowed only one goal in 365 minutes of play.

Gauchos Play Host To 17th Ranked San Jose State

Despite starting the 2001 season with three straight victories, 17th-ranked San Jose State suffered its first loss on Monday night at the hands of California. The 3-2 defeat dropped the Spartans record to 3-1-0 before heading to Southern California to face Cal State Northridge before traveling to UCSB. San Jose State, whose leading scorer Lars Lyssand was ejected at Cal, currently holds first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Lyssand leads the Spartans and the MPSF with four goals scored in an equal number of games. Goalkeeper Gilbert Vega, who is climbing the career shutouts records with seven, has allowed only .40 goals per match and has allowed one goal in 225 minutes of action

The Streak Is Over

After going undefeated in their first three matches of the season, UCSB lost its first of 2001 at St.Mary's on Monday night. The 1-0 loss dropped the Gauchos record to 3-1-0. UCSB had many chances to score recording 20 shots in the match. However, the stellar play of Gael's goalkeeper Kellan Wilson kept the Gauchos scorless. Wilson notched eight saves and his second shutout of the season. Rob Friend led the Gauchos with five shots, while Joe Hubay-Dies added four shots. Jon Apilado and Drew McAthy also tallied three shots apiece. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy recorded three saves and allowed only his second goal in four matches.

With A Little Help From Our Friend

Only four matches into this young season, junior forward Rob Friend has emerged as the Gaucho's leading offensive threat. A native of Kelowna, British Columbia and a transfer from Western Michigan, Friend earned a starting forward position during the offseason. In his Gaucho debut, Friend tallied two assists, one on a game-winning goal, to lead the Gauchos to a 3-0 victory over Long Island in the first match of the Kappa Klassic. Only two days later, Friend scored the game-winning goal for UCSB in their 2-0 win over Illinois-Chicago in the second round of the tournament. Following his performance in the Kappa Klassic, Friend was awarded with Big West Player of the Week honors for the week of September 3rd. Friend continued on his offensive tear by scoring the game-winning goal in UCSB's 3-1 victory at San Diego State and lead the Gauchos with five shots in their 1-0 loss at St. Mary's. The Canadian National Team player currently leads the Big West in points (6), points per game (2.00) ,goals (2), assists (2), assists per game (.67) and game-winning goals (2). He is also tied for second in the conference in shots with 10 and in goals per game with .67. Friend also leads the Gauchos in points, goals, assists, shots and game-winning goals.