Nov. 29, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara sophomore Sam Garza was honored by TopDrawerSoccer.com by being named to the website's Third Team of the Season. He was one of 11 Division I forwards honored.
Garza had an immediate impact on the Gaucho offense during his first season in the blue and gold. The transfer from Denver scored nine goals and added six assists for 24 points. He is the first underclassman to lead UCSB in goals in a season since Jaime Ambriz tied for the team-lead (8) as a sophomore in 1999 and is the first underclassman to lead the team in points since Danny Mann did in 1995 with 22.
The forward, who was selected as the Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year, was a force to be reckoned with during conference play, scoring five times and adding two assists for 12 points in nine games.
He found his way into the UCSB record book, becoming the 24th Gaucho to record a hat trick and ranking seventh all-time for shots in a season (77).
To view all of the TopDrawerSoccer.com honorees, click here.
UCSB ended the season with its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gauchos advanced to the tournament's second round before falling, 2-1, to Cal. UCSB finished the year with a 14-5-3 overall record and won the Big West Championship title.
UCSB is the proud host of the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup, which will take place Dec. 10 and 12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. This marks the first time since the 2004 season that the Cup has been held on the West Coast. All-Session passes for the College Cup can be purchased by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.