South Carolina and Clemson met on the soccer field to open the 2006 season on Aug. 25.
2006 Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
2005 >>> A first-team All-South Region selection ... Member of the all-Conference USA first team ... Led Carolina in scoring with 24 points on a team-best eight goals and eight assists ... Played in all 21 matches with 20 starts ... Netted a team-high four game-winning goals ... Attempted a team-high 58 shots ... Scored the game-winner and had an assist in the victory over No. 25 UNC-Wilmington (Sept. 21) ... Logged a pair of assists at East Carolina (Oct. 1) ... Scored a goal in the 2-1 victory at UAB (Oct. 9) ... Assisted on the game-winning goal against Kentucky (Oct. 14) ... Netted the game-winner and assisted a second goal vs. Tulsa (Oct. 28) ... Had an assist in Carolina's 3-0 win over No. 9 SMU (Oct. 30) ... Named C-USA's Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 7) after USC wins at Florida International and UCF ... Hit the back of the net at FIU (Nov. 4) ... Scored twice, including the game-winner, at UCF (Nov. 6) ... Punched in the game's only goal in the 1-0 win over Tulsa in the Conference USA Tournament title match.
2004 >>> Started all 20 matches ... Led the Gamecocks with 66 shot attempts ... Finished with 12 points, tying for third on the team ... Registered three goals and a team-best six assists ... Scored the game-winning goal against Bucknell on Sept.12, lifting the USC to the adidas/Gamecock Classic title ... Selected to the all-tournament team at the adidas/Gamecock Classic ... Assisted on Ryan Deter's game-winning goal against archrival Clemson (Oct. 10).
2003 >>> Played in 10 matches as rookie ... Made an impact up front for the Gamecocks, netting a pair of goals on the year to tie for sixth on the team with four points ... Scored the first goal of his career in the 4-1 season-opening victory over Boston University (Aug. 29) ... Struck again two games later with the game-winning goal in South Carolina's 3-0 win over Richmond (Sept. 5).
PRE-COLLEGE >>> Lettered in soccer for four years at Cypress Springs High School ... Region III ODP member from 1999-2001 ... Competed in the 2002 ESP event ... District 16-5A Most Valuable Player ... Gatorade Will to Win Athlete ... Named to the adidas All-American Team ... Dallas Cup Most Valuable Player ... Named Cypress Springs Team MVP for three years ... Club team won the state championships from 2000-2002 ... Member of the Southwest Tasco National Team and all-region team for Tasco 16-5A ... Member of the honor roll.
PERSONAL >>> Full name is Michael James Sambursky ... Parents are Kenneth and Jeanie Sambursky ... Favorite actor is Jim Carrey ... Favorite music group is Pantera ... Favorite food is spaghetti ... Favorite athlete is Roberto Carlos ... Born Jan. 1, 1985, in Katy, Texas ... Majoring in criminal justice.