UCSB's Rob Friend Selected Big West Men's Soccer Co-Player Of The Week

Oct. 15, 2001

Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara junior forward Rob Friend has been selected Big West co-Player of the Week, the league announced today.

Friend helped the Gauchos to a 1-0-1 record in the opening weekend of Big West play. On Friday night, he spearheaded a comeback that saw the Gauchos record their first win over Cal State Fullerton since 1994. UCSB trailed at halftime by a score of 2-0, but Friend scored two goals to tie the score, then he assisted on a Drew McAthy score, giving the Gauchos a 3-2 victory.

The award is the second this season for Friend. He shares it this week with UC Irvine senior forward Jon Spencer, who scored goals in two matches this weekend, including the Anteaters 2-2 tie with the Gauchos on Sunday.

UCSB returns to action on Friday, when they host Cal Poly at 6:00 p.m.