Preview Of The Recruiting Class For The 2002 Men's Soccer Season

The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team signed a number of skilled players in the off-season who should help solidify and deepen the Gaucho roster entering 2002 as the defending Big West Conference Champions. Head coach Tim Vom Steeg and assistant coach Leo Chappel inked three transfers and signed two high school players to National Letters of Intent for 2002. The coaching staff has also received verbal commitments from a few other prospective players to come to Santa Barbara as walk-ons.

A year behind Chappel, David McGill (Dublin, Ireland) is coming to UCSB from UNC-Charlotte and will help the Gauchos in the midfield. A member of Ireland's under 16 and under 17 National Teams, McGill was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and was a Pre-Season Regional All-American in 2001.

Guillermo "Memo" Arzate (Hawaiian Gardens, CA) is a play-making midfielder from Compton College who will compliment the skilled forward line of the Gauchos. A two-time South Coast Conference First Team selection, he led the conference in 2001 scoring 18 goals and assisting on 27 others for an astonishing 63 points in just one season.

Jacob Kovacs (Carmel Valley, CA) rounds out the transferring class as should see time in the midfield and on defense. After being named First Team All-Coast Conference in 2000 and 2001 at DeAnza College, he was recognized as a NSCAA First Team Junior College All-American and All-Northern California in 2001.

Coming from Hart High School, Kyle Reynish (Santa Clarita, CA) will be vying for time between the posts with returning all-conference goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Selected as a First Team All-Foothill League and All-CIF player, he has posted a three-year varsity career goals-against average of 0.92 with 38 shutouts. He was a member of 2001 Coast League under 17 champion Southern California United club team, and currently plays for the Southern California Olympic Development team.

Midfielder Jeff Murphy (Huntington Beach, CA) is the final member of the 2002 season's recruiting class. The 2001 Serra League Offensive Player of the Year at Servite High School, Murphy will help fill the voids left by the graduating class of 2001. A First Team All-Serra League and All-Orange County player, he is also on the Southern California High School All-Star Team and was Servite's MVP in 2002.