Men's Soccer Returns Home For Pair of Big West Matches

Oct. 29, 2001

Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The Schedule
Match No. 15
Friday, November 2, 2001 at 8:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Match No. 16
Sunday, November 4, 2001 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCSB's Harder Stadium

Matador Muscle
UCSB will return home to host Cal State Northridge on Friday night in its final home weekend. The Matadors are currently 8-3-2, 3-1-1 in the Big West. Cal State Northridge handed the Gauchos their first conference loss on October 21st in a 3-2 overtime match at North Campus Stadium. The Matadors suffered their first conference defeat in a 3-0 loss at Cal State Fullerton and played to a scoreless double overtime tie with the Big West leading UC Irvine. Freshman Arshak Abyanli leads the Matadors and the Big West with seven goals and three assists (17 points) in 11 matches played. Of his seven goals, two have been game-winners. Fellow freshman Yossi Raz also has a conference leading seven goals. Goalkeeper Joe Barton has allowed 20 goals in 13 matches to average 1.48 per match while tallying a 4.77 save percentage.

The Riverside Wrap-up
In its first season in the Big West, UC Riverside is struggling to find its place. The Highlanders are 0-12-1, 0-5 in conference action. Their lone tie came on September 9th at Sacramento State, 1-1. Last weekend, the Gauchos defeated the Highlanders 4-0 in Riverside. UC Riverside has scored just six goals in 13 matches, while allowing their opponents 33 goals. Goalkeeper Brett Brently has been the highlight for UC Riverside this season. Brently's 6.91 saves per game leads the Big West, while, as a team UC Riverside leads the conference with 7.69.

Gauchos Return To Winning Ways 4-0 Over UC Riverside
After suffering its first Big West loss at the hands of Cal State Northridge, UCSB rebounded with a dominating 4-0 victory at UC Riverside. With starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and starting midfielder Steven Sosa sidelined due to red cards served in the previous match, the Gauchos were looking to keep UC Riverside winless this season. With a Gene Deering goal from Drew McAthy in the 22nd minute, UCSB took the lead and never looked back. The Gauchos outshot the Highlanders 26-4 in the contest. Defender Neil Jones scored his third goal of the season on a penalty kick and assisted on a Nate Boyden goal, while McAthy added a score of his own, his fourth of the year. Goalkeeper Erik Stolhandske posted a shutout in his first match of the season while notching two saves.

Fight of the Forwards
Gaucho forwards Drew McAthy and Rob Friend have established themselves as team standouts and conference leaders in their first seasons with UCSB. With his game-winning assist on Gene Deering's goal against UC Riverside, McAthy took the Big West lead in assists this weekend with five in 13 matches. The Huntington Beach native passed Friend and fellow Gaucho Jaime Ambriz along with Cal State Northridge's Edwin Miranda who each had four assists this season. Friend is tied for the conference lead in shots along with UC Irvine's Scott Spencer at 54. The Kelowna, British Columbia native is also tied for the Big West lead in game-winning goals with Cal State Fullerton's Hector Orellana at three apiece. Friend has the current lead in points between the two forwards with 17 on six goals and five assists. However, McAthy has been hot in recent weeks, scoring three goals and tallying three assists since the Big West opener on October 12th. McAthy has a total of 13 points on four goals and five assists.