Brilliant Big West Opener Lands Kenzi Snyder First Big West Weekly Honor

Kenzi Snyder (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Kenzi Snyder (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After tying a season-high with 13 saves in a thrilling 6-5 Big West opening win over No. 10 UC Irvine last Saturday, UCSB junior goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder has been named the Big West Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

The Santa Ana, Calif. native was nearly unbeatable down the stretch, stopping a penalty in the fourth quarter along with stifling a handful of shots from point blank range. Her efforts helped UCSB erase a 3-0 first half deficit and close things on a 6-2 run to knock off the Anteaters for the first time in three tries this season. Snyder improved to a 10-5 record as a starter on the year.

The win moved the Gauchos past UCI in the national rankings for the first time in 2019. Now the No. 9 team in the country, Santa Barbara currently owns the second-highest ranking among Big West schools, behind only No. 5 Hawaii. The Gauchos will face the Rainbow Wahine on the road on Apr. 13.

Snyder is the second Gaucho to earn Big West Player of the Week honors this season, joining Sarah Snyder, who won it following the opening weekend of play.