Dan Kennedy Named National Player of the Week After 1-0 Shutout of No. 1 Indiana
Sept. 20, 2004
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
It was a clean sweep for UC Santa Barbara goalkeeper Dan Kennedy today, earning both National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and Conference Player of the Week from the Big West. It is the second consecutive week that the senior from Yorba Linda has been named to CSN's National Team of the Week, and the fourth time overall in his career.
Kennedy put up a season-high seven saves in the then third-ranked Gauchos' historic 1-0 overtime victory over then No. 1 ranked Indiana for his fifth consecutive shutout to start the season. He then made four saves in the second-half of UCSB's 4-1 over Columbia to secure the UNM Invitational tournament title. The goal by the Lions was the first surrendered by the Gauchos all season, ending Kennedy's regular season scoreless streak at 748:13 minutes.
Now with 26 career complete game shutouts and 6066 career minutes played, Kennedy has another chance this weekend when UCSB hosts UC Riverside and UNLV to put his name down once again in the Gaucho record books. He has a shot to break the all-time shutout mark of 27 set by Steve Tipping between 1979 and 1983, and will most like surpass his coach Ryan Sparre for most minutes played by a goalkeeper at 6181 minutes.
Thursday's match against UCR in Harder Stadium is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday, September 26th match is slated to kickoff at 2:00 p.m.