October 4, 2004

Dan Kennedy Earns Top-Ranked UCSB's Fourth Straight Big West Player of the Week Honors

Oct. 4, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif. - It's four-in-a-row for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team as goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was named the Big West Conference's Player of the Week for the second time this season. Kennedy made eight saves in the Gauchos' 1-1 double-overtime tie at USF to receive the honor, marking the fourth time in the five weeks this season that a UCSB player has done so.

Currently third in the nation with a 0.21 goals against average thus far this season, the Yorba Linda, Calif. native was stellar between the pipes for the Gauchos as he anchored a defense that played the final 55 minutes of the USF a man down. Kennedy made two keys saves in the waning minutes of regulation and another in the first overtime period to help UCSB remain undefeated on the season and retain its No. 1 national ranking (College Soccer News).

His lone goal allowed this past weekend came by way of a penalty kick. In fact, through the first nine games of the season Kennedy has given up just one goal in the run of play, and only two goals all season long.

The senior keeper earned his first Big West Player of the Week honors in week three after posting a double-overtime shutout win over then top-ranked Indiana for his fifth consecutive shutout to open the year. He was also named to CSN's and Soccer America's National Team of the Week in week three. Overall this is Kennedy's fourth conference player of the week award of his career.

Remaining atop the national rankings, Kennedy and the No. 1 ranked Gauchos return to Big West play this week when they host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, October 6th in Harder Stadium at 7:00 p.m. UCSB then travels north to take on local and conference rival Cal Poly on Saturday, October 9th in Mustang Stadium, also at 7:00 p.m.