Sept. 15, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara junior goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has been named the Big West Conference's Player of the Week following a 2-0 finish for the 14th ranked Gauchos in week three. Kennedy posted his second shutout of the season, and the 15th of his career, in guiding UCSB to a 1-0 overtime victory at the University of San Diego.
On the coattails of teammate Drew McAthy's player of the week honors last week, this week's recognition marks the second time Kennedy has been selected as the conference's player of the week. He was also recognized in the middle of last season. Remarkably, no other Big West netminder has earned the conference honor other than Kennedy in the past two seasons.
The Yorba Linda, Calif. native has played all 478:50 minutes in helping lead UCSB to an undefeated 4-0-1 record thus far in 2003. In five matches Kennedy has allowed just three goals, the last coming against Michigan State this past Friday in the Gauchos' 2-1 home opening victory.
As evidenced by his 0.56 goals against average, the team co-captian has been a major reason why Santa Barbara has been so successful this year, in fact, it is safe to say that Kennedy is the reason why Santa Barbara won its match at USD. Kennedy came up huge for UCSB making a pair of diving saves late in regulation and another in overtime to give teammate Neil Jones the opportunity to put away the game-winner. He had a total of seven saves for the match.
Kennedy and the rest of the Gauchos return home this Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff with crosstown rival Westmont in Harder Stadium.