No. 17 Men's Soccer Readies To Face No. 1 Indiana And Big West Rival Cal Poly This Weekend
The Record: Overall 10-1-1 Big West 2-0-1
This Week's Schedule
Friday, October 25th
#17 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
6:00 p.m. at Cal Poly's Mustang Stadium
Sunday, October 27th
#17 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. #1 Indiana Hoosiers
4:00 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium
NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll 17th
College Soccer News 22nd
Soccer America 25th
Soccer Times 19th
After two weeks of conference play, No. 17 UC Santa Barbara remains at the only unbeaten team in Big West action, sitting a top the standings with a 2-0-1 league record. Cal State Fulleton is currently in second place with a 2-1-0 conference record, their only loss, a 2-1 affair with UCSB in Harder Stadium two weeks ago. As would be expected when your team in is first place, the Gauchos lead the Big West in goals, points, and assists, along with every other offensive catagory (see page 2). In fact, UCSB has led the Big West in every offensive catagory every week this season.
The Gaucho's 39 goals already this season, ties as the seventh most goals ever by a Gaucho soccer squad. The teams from 1978 and 1982 set UCSB's all-time record of 53 goals. This year's team is just three goals short of tying the mark for fourth most in Gaucho history, and four short of tying the third highest at 42 goals in a season. At UCSB's current pace of 3.2 goals per game, the second best average in the nation, and with at least eight games remaining, this year's team is on pace to tally 65 goals before all is said and done.
Not So Marginal
While the UCSB offense has been putting up big numbers, the defense has been holding its opponents to small numbers. Santa Barbara's opponents have been averaging just 0.92 goals per game, giving the Gaucho's a nation's best +2.33 scoring margin. UCSB's defensive play as of late has inched the Gauchos closer and closer towards being ranked as one of the top-20 defensive teams in the nation. Santa Barbara's 0.88 team goals against average is just shy of St. Peter's twentieth-best 0.81 GAA and 0.86 goals per game average. Wisconsin-Milwaukee and SMU are the only two teams in Division I who appear in the top-20 both offensively and defensively. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is currently second with a margin of +2.23 and SMU is third averaging +1.87 goals per game.
Building A Brick Wall
Sophomore goalkeeper Danny Kennedy was named Big West Player of the Week for the first time in his career after posting his third and fourth shutouts of the year this past weekend. In his last nine mathces, Kennedy has let just six shots find their way to the back of the net for an astonishing 0.66 GAA over that span. His season GAA has now dropped to 1.00, lowering his career average to 0.97, the lowest career mark in UCSB history.
Pick Your Poison
The Gauchos scoring tandam of Rob Friend and Drew McAthy has be instrumental in the success of UCSB this season. Currently first and second, respectively, in the Big West in goals and points, Friend and McAthy have accounted for 22 of UCSB's 39 goals, while line-mate Gene Deering has added six of his own, currently third in the Big West. The two have also worked their way into the national rankings, Friend is currently tied for ninth in the nation in goals per game and points per game, while McAthy is tied for 18th in goals per game. Coastal Carolina and UNC Greensboro are the only other schools with two players in the top-20 in goals per game.
The Irish Slash
Midfielder/Forward/Defender David McGill has played a major role in UCSB achieving it's No. 17 national ranking. Labeled as a midfielder on the roster, the Irishman can play any posiiton on the field, and play it well. Currently second in the Big West with six assists, McGill has been in and out of the national rankings, but for the most part has been overshadowed by fellow midfielder Memo Arzate, who for the fourth straight week leads the nation in assists per game. And in the Northridge match he spent a significant amount of time on the forward line, setting up a number of UCSB's shots, taking one himself, commanding much of the attention of the CSUN defense.
Corralling The Mustangs
Cal Poly enters Friday's match at 3-9-0 and 1-2-0 in the Big West. Through 12 games they have only been able to muster 10 goals, led by Mark Jones with two goals and one assist.
Insight On Indiana
Sunday's match versus Indiana marks the first time UCSB has faced the No. 1 team in the country since 1998 when they played then top-ranked UCLA. The Hoosiers are led by forward Pat Noonan with 10 goals and 7 assists, and defender John Swann who captians the nation's 11th-ranked defense with a 0.70 GAA. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Rank in the Nation...Statistically Speaking
1st Scoring Margin
+2.33 goals per game
2nd (t) Scoring Offense
3.25 goals per game
5th (t) Total Goals
3rd (t) Won/Loss %
1st Most wins to start the season
1st 1.09 assists per game
1st (t) 12 Total Assists
5th Assists in a game (3) - twice
9th (t) 1.00 goals per game
9th 2.33 points per game
10th (t) 12 Total Goals
11th (t) 28 Total Points
17th (t) 10 Total Goals
18th (t) 0.83 goals per game
UCSB Leads The Big West In:
Shots 210 Shots per game 21.00 Points 104 Points per game 10.40 Goals 34 Goals per game 3.40 Assists 36 Assists per game 3.60 Scoring Margin +2.3
Big West Statistics
Points Per Game (rk) 1. Friend 28 2.33 (1) 2. McAthy 21 1.75 (2) 4. Deering 16 1.33 (4) 5. Arzate 14 1.27 (5) 10. Young 9 0.75 (11)
Goals Per Game (rk) 1. Friend 12 1.00 (1) 2. McAthy 10 0.83 (2) 4. Deering 6 0.50 (4) 7. Young 4 0.33 (8)
Assists Per Game (rk) 1. Arzate 12 1.09 (1) 2. McGill 6 0.50 (2) 3. Kubota 5 0.42 (4) 6. Deering 4 0.33 (7) Friend 4 0.33 (7)
Goals Against GAA 2. Kennedy 11 1.00 (2)