Ninth-ranked Gauchos Host New Mexico This Sunday in a Non-Conference Showdown
Oct. 9, 2003
The Record: Overall 7-1-1 Big West 1-0-0
This Week's Schedule
Sunday, October 12th
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 7-1-1 (1-0-0 Big West)
vs. New Mexico 3-4-3 (0-0-0 MPSF)
1:00 p.m. in UCSB's Harder Stadium
A Quite Offensive Defense
Contrary to last season's dominating offense, UCSB's success this season has been achieved in large part to its stifling defense. Having only given up four goals through the first nine games, the Gauchos currently hold the fifth lowest goals against average in the nation at 0.43. The most obvious contributor to that low mark is junior all-conference goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who has played all 838:50 minutes in goal for UCSB. But Kennedy's success could not be achieved without the outstanding play of Santa Barbara's back four. Having posted five shutouts already in 2003, the Gauchos have only allowed an average of 10.9 shots to be taken against them per game, and of those shots taken, only an average of 4.3 end up on frame. Anchoring the UCSB defense in the middle has been junior Tony Lochhead and true freshman Greg Curry. The two outside positions, due to multiple reasons, have been played by committee, with the one mainstay being junior Jon Apilado who has started 28 out of UCSB's last 31 games on defense. Senior Darren Doi, sophomore Pat Scott, and freshman Jeff Murphy have all contributed significant time this season as well. And combining UCSB's offensive prowess with its defensive strength, the Gauchos have posted a +1.45 scoring margin, tying them for ninth in the nation.
Pick Your Poison
For opposing teams ther e isn't any doubt as to who UCSB goes to offensively, and even in knowing that, they still have not been able to stop seniors Neil Jones, Memo Arzate, and junior Drew McAthy. Currently tied for the Big West lead with six goals apiece, McAthy and Jones have more goals combined between the two of them that four of the five other Big West teams. Having spent the entire season amongst the top goal scorers in the nation, the two forwards dropped out of the top thirty for the first time this week, but when you have such a balanced attack, it is difficult to always make the top thirty. Still amongst the best in the nation is senior playmaker Memo Arzate who is averaging 0.67 assists per game, 14th best in Division I. Adding in his four goals, Arzate is second in the Big West to Jones in total points with 14, just lingering outside the NCAA's statistical leaders in that category as well. Jones who leads the Big West in total points with 15, is tied for fourth in the conference with three assists.
The LMU Jinx
When the final whistle blew at the end of last Sunday's match against Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara players and fans were left scratching their heads wondering, "What is it about LMU?" As successful of a team as UCSB has been over the past few years, there has been one consistent downfall, losing to the Lions, a trend that has now spanned the last seven meetings between the two schools. The Gauchos 1-0 loss last weekend marked the fifth time in the last seven games that they have come up just one goal short, but it has not been through a lack of effort. In this year's battle, UCSB outshot LMU by a 23-10 margin while holding the visitors to only two legitimate scoring opportunities. The Gauchos, on the other hand, had four attempts clank off the pipes, one goal called back, and another shot blocked on the goalline by a Lion defender. It just simply seemed that no matter what they did, they just could not catch a break. Santa Barbara does still however have one thing to hold its hat on, they own the all-time series advantage at 14-11-1.
An Old Conference Foe
Tabbed as a Top-25 team by three of the four major polls in the preseason, the University of New Mexico enters this Sunday's match unranked with a deceiving 3-4-3 overall record, with all four of their losses coming to ranked teams. UCSB will be the sixth ranked opponent the Lobos will face this season, they square off against their fifth when they meet up with No. 1 UCLA on Thursday, October 9th before coming to Santa Barbara. UNM is led offensively by sophomore forward Lance Watson with four goals, good enough for sixth best in the MPSF. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Weber has played all 960 minutes between the pipes for the Lobos, posting a 1.50 goals against average, while averaging 4.7 saves per game. And despite outshooting its opponents by a 173-145 margin on the season, New Mexico has been outscored 16-12. Sunday's match will be the teams' eighth showdown, with UNM holding a 3-4-0 advantage after beating UCSB 2-1 in double-overtime in Albuquerque in 2000.
Win One (or Six) for the Giller
Just when things started to heat up for senior midfielder David McGill, his 2003 season came to a screeching halt in last week's LMU match when he was taken out by a hard tackle midway through the second half. One of the team co-captains, McGill was left with a high ankle sprain and a trip to the local hospital. After being assessed this week by one of UCSB's team doctors, it has been determined that the midfielder, currently 20th in the nation averaging 0.62 assists per game, will miss approximately 3-5 weeks. McGill, an All-Big West honoree and one of the main reasons for UCSB's success over that past two seasons, is expected to return at the earliest for the home match against USF on October 31st. His replacement in the midfield is yet to be determined.
Caps On To You
The Gauchos will be without two-time all-conference defender Tony Lochhead this weekend, and for good reason. The Tauranga, New Zealand native will be playing for his country's World Cup team, the All Whites, in a friendly match this Sunday against Iran in Tehran. As some of you might remember, both Lochhead and UCSB teammate Neil Jones are members of New Zealand's Olympic (under 23) team having most recently competed against Japan, but this weekend's match is a step up to the highest level of international competition for Lochhead. It will be the junior's first international cap, joining '01 and '02 UCSB teammate Rob Friend as the only other player in Gaucho history to earn an international cap for playing on his country's World Cup team. Friend has earned three for Canada, but is currently training with their Olympic team for the upcoming qualifying for the 2004 games.
9th - College Soccer News
12th - Soccer Times
16th - Soccer America
20th - NSCAA/adidas
Memo Arzate David McGill Dan Kennedy 14th (t) 20th (t) 9th 0.67 assists/g 0.62 assists/g 0.429 GAA 14th (t) 21st (t) 10th (t) 6 assists 5 assists 4 goals allowed
Winning % Goals Against Avg. Scoring Margin Shutout %
6th (t) 5th 9th (t) 13th (t) 0.833% 0.43 GAA +1.45 0.56 % 12th (t) 3rd (t) 1.89 G/g 16th (t) 7 Wins 4 goals allowed 0.44 GA/g 5 Shutouts
Shots Sh Avg (rk)
1. McAthy 40 4.44 (1) 2. Jones 35 3.89 (2) 7. Arzate 22 2.44 (8)
Points Pts Avg
1. Jones 15 1.67 (2) 2. Arzate 14 1.56 (3) 3. McAthy 13 1.44 (4t)
Goals G Avg (rk)
1t. McAthy 6 0.67 (2t) 1t. Jones 6 0.67 (2t)
Assists A Avg
1. Arzate 6 0.67 (1) 2. McGill 5 0.62 (2) 4t. Jones 3 0.33 (9)
GAA GA Min Avg Sv Avg (rk) Sho
1. Kennedy 4 838:50 0.43 35 3.89 (3t) 5 (1)
Goals/g G Avg 2. UCSB 17 1.89
Assists/g A Avg 2. UCSB 19 2.11
Points/g P Avg 2. UCSB 53 5.89
Shots/g Sh Avg 1. UCSB 177 19.67
GAA GA Avg 1. UCSB 4 0.43
Shutout/g Sho Avg 1. UCSB 5 0.56