Dec. 9, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The awards are beginning to pile in for UC Santa Barbara men's soccer player Memo Arzate. The senior playmaker from Hawaiian Gardens, California was recognized as an All-American by College Soccer News for the second consecutive season, garnering second team honors this year after leading the nation with a 0.82 assists per game mark.
Arzate was the only player recognized by CSN from UCSB, who advanced to its first ever Sweet 16 this year, and just one of two selected from the Big West Conference. Currently preparing for the upcoming MLS Superdraft, the 2003 Big West Co-Offenisve Player of the Year was also named First Team All-Far West by the NSCAA, improving from his second team recognition last year. Having been named to the first team, Arzate is now eligible to become just the third ever NSCAA All-American in UCSB history when association announces the teams later this week.
Last season, former Gaucho and Canadian Olympic and World Cup team member Rob Friend became UCSB's first NSCAA All-American in over thirty years when he was tabbed as a third teamer.
One of the best players ever to suit up for the Gauchos, in just two seasons at UCSB Arzate set the school and conference single season assist record with 18, twice, and the Big West career assist record with 36.