Men's Soccer Opens Big West Play With Two Key Home Matches

Men's Soccer Opens Big West Play With Two Key Home Matches

Oct. 12, 2001

The Schedule
Match No. 10

Friday, October 12, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 11
Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Injured Gauchos Open Big West Play At Home
The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team enters Big West play with a 4-3-2 record, and numerous players sidelined with injuries. When the ball starts rolling against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, the Gauchos will be without starting midfielder Steven Sosa, starting defenders Galen Donaldson and Kevin Maffris, forwarsd Gene Deering and Brian Reardon, reserve midfielder Sean Edwards, and possibly without starting midfielder Drew McAthy. Since opening the year with a 3-0 record, injuries have caught up with the Gauchos to a certain degree, and they are 1-3-2 since.

Tale of the Titans
UCSB will open up its Big West Conference schedule this weekend when they host 19th-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The Titans, who were selected to win the Big West Conference in the preseason poll, hold an all-time 10-20-2 advantage over the Gauchos. Last season, UCSB fell to the Titans 1-0 in an overtime match at Harder Stadium. This season, Cal State Fullerton enters the contest with a 3-4-1 record after suffering a pair of losses in the Rutgers Tournament. The Titans fell to third-ranked St. John's 2-1 before losing on Sunday, 3-0 to ninth-ranked Rutgers. Cal State Fullerton boasts a balanced offensive attack with Hector Orellana, Brent Whitfield, and Cameron McKinnon leading the team with two goals apiece. Sean Giudice also adds to the Titan attack with one goal and two assists. In the net, Jeff McKeever averages 5.17 saves per match and allows 1.54 goals per contest.

Anteater Attack
After opening their Big West schedule at Cal Poly on Friday night, UC Irvine will head to Harder Stadium to face UCSB. The Gauchos hold a 20-8-1 advantage over the Anteaters despite last season's 1-0 loss at home. UC Irvine is 4-3-1 entering the week, after last weekend's 2-2 double overtime tie with Denver and Sunday's 3-2 victory over Sacramento State. The Anteaters are led by Saul Wolf who has scored three goals and notched one assist in the first eight matches of the season. Offensively sound, UC Irvine leads the Big West averaging 16.50 shots per match. Another of the Anteater's strengths is in their goalkeeper CJ Cooper. Cooper averages 2.75 saves per match, while only allowing .80 goals per contest. Cooper trails closely behind UCSB's Dan Kennedy, whose .78 goals allowed leads the Big West.

Gauchos Drop 1-0 Decision To Denver
Despite outshooting Denver 11-4 and only allowing two shots per half, UCSB came up short in a 1-0 loss on Sunday. The Gauchos kept the Pioneers on the defensive for most of the contest and tallied seven shots in the first half. Yet, Denver remained focused and scored in the 84th minute to take the victory. Forward Rob Friend led the team with six shots, while Matt Bly added two of his own.

Gauchos Second Straight Double OT Tie, 1-1 With Fresno State
For the second straight match, UCSB took their opponent into double overtime on Friday night, ending in a 1-1 tie with Fresno State. Junior forward Rob Friend struck early, scoring his team-leading third goal of the season in the third minute off a pass from Gene Deering. However, the Bulldogs evened the score in the 38th minute on a goal from Curt Posey. UCSB was able to keep Fresno State out of the net for 82 minutes, due to the play of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who notched four saves, and the work of defenders Neil Jones, Tony Lochhead, Alex Tablin-Wolf and Pete O'Hare.

UCSB In The Big West
As a team, UCSB has made its mark among Big West teams this season. The Gauchos are tops in the conference in goals allowed, with .69 per match and in shutouts with four this season. UCSB averages 15 shots and 4.29 points per contest, placing second in the Big West standings. UCSB also ranks second in assists with 1.43 per match, right behind Cal State Northridge with 1.57 per match. The Gauchos also have the lowest foul count in the conference with 73 in seven matches.