Nov. 4, 2005
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Senior Pat Scott, starting defender for the 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team, suffered a season-ending knee injury in UCSB's match against Cal State Northridge on Wednesday afternoon.
Scott suffered the injury to his left knee in the first half of the UCSB's match against the Matadors after colliding in the open field with a Northridge attacking player.
The reliable defender has played in, and started, 14 of Santa Barbara's 17 matches this season, missing three to injury. Scott has been a mainstay on the Gauchos' backline during the past two seasons, starting 30 of last 33 games UCSB has played.
"We are tremendously disappointed about Pat's injury, especially for Pat because it is his senior season," said head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "He has been a great player and leader for us, but now it forces the rest of the team, and coaching staff to step up and find a way to win some games."
The Seattle, Washington native opted to return for his fifth-year this year after earning First Team All-Big West honors in 2004 as member of the Gauchos' stellar defense that produced a school record and nation's best 15 shutouts. Scott has registered four assists in his career, two last year and two this season, but it is his lone career goal that most fans will remember. Tied 1-1 in the second overtime period against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the second round of the last season's NCAA Tournament, Scott came crashing in on the back post to finish off a Tony Lochhead corner kick to advance the Gauchos to a second straight Sweet 16 appearance.
The team co-captain will now take his responsibilities to the bench and locker room in trying to help UCSB win its final two regular season games next week against UC Riverside and UC Irvine in an attempt to earn an at-large berth into this year's NCAA Tournament. Scott and the other members of the Gauchos' senior class will be honored next Saturday at approximately 6:45 in Harder Stadium before Santa Barbara's regular season finale against UC Irvine.