Gauchos Add Cal Transfer Maddie Julian to Strengthen Goalkeeper Position

Maddie Julian has transferred to UCSB from Cal and is expected to contend for the starting goalkeeper spot with the Gauchos. She has one year of eligibility remaining. (Photo courtesy of Cal Athletics Communications)
Maddie Julian has transferred to UCSB from Cal and is expected to contend for the starting goalkeeper spot with the Gauchos. She has one year of eligibility remaining. (Photo courtesy of Cal Athletics Communications)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Maddie Julian, a 6-foot goalkeeper who has played for three seasons at Cal, will transfer to UC Santa Barbara for her final year off eligibility, head coach Paul Stumpf announced Monday. 

"Maddie is a great addition to our program," Stumpf said. "She is long and athletic, a great shot stopper and good with her feet. The fact that she also has four years of PAC 12 experience is also a huge plus. She's been around great players and the highest level of competition." 

Julian did not compete during the 2016 season and was credited with a redshirt year. In her first three seasons with the Golden Bears, she saw action in three matches for a total of 142 minutes, allowing one goal and posting a 0.63 goals against average. As a freshman in 2013, Julian played all 90 minutes in a shutout of Washington, making four saves in a crucial 1-0 win for Cal. 

After battling injuries during her sophomore and junior seasons of high school soccer, Julian had a standout senior campaign at Archbishop Mitty High School in her hometown of San Jose, Calif. She was named First Team All-West Catholic Athletic League after helping her team to the 2013 league championship. In her final season, she played 1,820 minutes while recording 84 saves and a mere eight goals. Julian was named Archbishop Mitty's MaxPreps.com Women's Soccer Player of the Year, San Jose Mercury News Goalkeeper of the Year, First Team All-Area, 2013 Prep2Prep.com Senior of the Year and Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area/Central Coast Section Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Among her other honors, Julian received the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Spirit of Achievement Award for her perseverance. She missed the 2011 season at Archbishop Mitty after complications from breaking her arm twice. In 2012 she missed her junior season due to reconstructive jaw surgery. 

Julian is expected to strongly compete for UCSB's starting goalkeeper slot in 2017.