Big West Champion Men's Soccer Places Nine Players On 2002 All-Conference Team
Nov. 20, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
After winning its second straight Big West Conference title, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team had nine players recognized as all-conference honorees it was announced today. Five members of the Gaucho squad were given first team honors, three players received second team honors, and one other received an honorable mention.
Senior forward Rob Friend was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Setting new UCSB records with 19 goals and 42 points to led the conference, his 0.95 goals per game average is currently eighth in the nation. While freshman defender Alan Keely was named as the conference's Freshman of the Year. Keely anchored the Big West's best defense, helping the Gauchos posting a team goals against average of 0.88.
Joining Friend and Keely on the first team is senior co-captain Dan Young, who has helped lead the Gauchos to their most successful season in school history. Young was recognized as an honorable mention last year. Junior playmaker Memo Arzate also earned first team honors, leading the Big West with18 assists to set a new UCSB record. Drew McAthy, an honorable mention last season as a freshman, earned his spot on the first team with a Big West second best16 goals, including a conference leading seven game winners. Alan Keely was the only freshman to be named to the first team.
Junior midfielder David McGill, sophomore defender Tony Lochhead, and sophomore goalkeeper Danny Kennedy represented the Gauchos on the Big West Second Team, while junior midfielder Matt Kubota earned an honorable mention. McGill was second in the conference to teammate Memo Arzate in both assists (14) and assists per game (0.74), both marks are amongst the top five in the nation. Kennedy once again showed to be one of the best keepers in the conference, leading the Big West with 0.99 goals against average, he was an honorable mention last season. Sophomore defender Tony Lochhead earned second team honors for the second straight season, missing just 90 minutes of the 2002 regular season. Junior midfielder and honorable mention Matt Kubota earned the first all-conference honors of his career, ending the regular season third on the Gaucho squad with eight assists to round out UCSB's all-conference selections.