September 29, 2009

2004 Men's Soccer College Cup Finalists Return to Harder Stadium on Friday

Sept. 29, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB Athletics will honor the 2004 men's soccer College Cup finalists to celebrate the five-year anniversary of that historic season on Friday, Oct. 2 when the No. 9 Gauchos host No. 11 Indiana in a match that will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

Fourteen members of the 2004 team are attending Friday's celebration. Among the attendees is the 2004 College Cup Most Outstanding Player, All-American and UCSB's all-time leading scorer Drew McAthy and All-American and College Cup All-Tournament honoree Danny Kennedy. 2004 All-Big West selections Nate Boyden, Neil Jones and Pat Scott have all also sent in RSVP's. Other players that will return Friday are Jon Apilado, Matt Bly, Bryan Byrne, Greg Curry, Myles Davis, Jonathan Davis, Chris Hughes, Brennan Tennelle and Corey Wood. Members of the 2004 support staff, including former assistant coaches Ryan Sparre and Brooke O'Hanley, former Sports Information Director Jeff Bowers and Athletic Trainer Bob Annable, will also be part of the celebration.

The 2004 UCSB men's soccer team was the first in program history to reach the College Cup. After dismantling Duke in the semifinal game, 5-0, the Gauchos took on Indiana in the NCAA College Cup Final. The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation play and battled through overtime before the game had to be decided in penalty kicks. The Hoosiers game out on top, defeating the Gauchos 3-2 in penalty kicks.

On Friday, the 2004 team will be honored in a special halftime celebration and will also be available to sign autographs after the game.

Prior to the match, there will be a pre-game reception at the Mosher Alumni House benefiting the UCSB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, which directly assists current students in need, who qualify for financial aid but have not been able to receive scholarship allocations.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and will feature light refreshments, a meet and greet with the 2004 team members, door prizes and the UCSB Spirit Squad with Olé will be in attendance. Your $25 ticket will also get you a ticket to the match in the Gold Zone seating at Harder Stadium behind the team bench and parking in Lot 12 next to Mosher. If you are interested in attending, please email Rocio.Torres@ia.ucsb.edu.

Friday's match with the Hoosiers is set to begin at 8 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. To catch it on Fox Soccer Channel, tune into channel 149 on Dish Network, 619 on Direct TV and 265 on Cox Cable in Santa Barbara.

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