No. 1 UCLA Men's Soccer Team Hosts San Francisco Sunday

Sept. 11, 2000

This Week -- Head coach Todd Salda?a's No. 1-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (3-0-0) will host San Francisco (2-1-2) Sunday, Sept. 17 in the first regular season soccer game played on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. Game time is set for 2:00 pm. UCLA has played one game on its new field, a 3-0 exhibition victory over Westmont Aug. 23.

A Look at San Francisco -- San Francisco is coached by the NCAA's all-time winningest soccer coach Stephen Negoesco, who is in his 39th and final season. Negoesco has totalled 538 career wins and five national championships in his tenure at San Francisco. Tim Garlick leads the team in scoring in 2000 with two goals and two assists in five games.

The Series -- UCLA leads the series against San Francisco, 19-18-4, and has won the last six contests, including a 3-1 win on the road a year ago. In that game, Shaun Tsakiris had a hand in every goal, scoring the game-winner and notching two assists.

UCLA In the Rankings -- UCLA will hold on to the top spot in the NSCAA , Soccer Times and NCAA Men's Media polls for the second consecutive week and is expected to move up one spot to the No. 1 ranking in the Soccer America poll.

Tennyson Nets first Hat Trick -- Hermann Trophy nominee McKinley Tennyson Jr. netted his first career hat trick Sept. 6, scoring three first-half goals in UCLA's 5-0 win over San Diego State. The three goals give him four goals in just two games this season. He now has 29 career goals and 76 career points. Tennyson's six career multiple goal games rank fifth in UCLA's record books.

Tsakiris Ties School Record -- Pre-season All-American and last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week Shaun Tsakiris tied a school record Sept. 6 by recording an assist in his fifth consecutive game. Tsakiris ended last season with assists in his last two games and has assisted in each game this year. On the year, he has four assists and two goals for a team-high tying eight points. In his career, Tsakiris has tallied 26 assists, two shy of reaching the Top 10 on UCLA's all-time list.

Gregorio Starts Strong -- True freshman forward Adolfo Gregorio has been impressive in his first three games as a Bruin. In his first game, Gregorio netted his first collegiate goal in a 5-0 win over Butler. Last Wednesday, he recorded three assists in UCLA's 5-0 win over San Diego State, the most assists by a UCLA player since Seth George had three in 1997. Gregorio ranks third on the team in scoring with five points.

Goalkeeper's Start Is Long Time Coming -- Goalkeeper DJ Countess made history Sept. 1 when he became the first true freshman in 20 years to start in goal for UCLA on opening day. The last true frosh to do so was Martin Lemon in 1980. Countess more than proved he was worthy of the opening day start, earning Defensive MVP honors at the adidas/IU Classic and being named to Soccer America's Team of the Week. Among his eight saves against the defending NCAA champs Indiana was a penalty kick save in the Bruins' 2-1 win. Countess was impressive again Sept. 6 against San Diego State, stopping four shots in a shared shutout with Zach Wells. Countess holds a 0.40 goals against average with 13 saves in three games.

The Fountain Of Youth -- UCLA's youth movement has made quite an impression thus far in 2000. The nation's top-ranked team starts no less than six true freshmen regularly. Starting all three games this year have been goalkeeper DJ Countess, defenders Nelson Akwari and Alex Yi, midfielder/defender Leonard Griffin and forwards Adolfo Gregorio and Matt Taylor. Forward Cliff McKinley also has one start.

Dear Diary -- Senior defender Ryan Lee will share his thoughts during the season with a weekly diary on UCLA's official athletic website, www.uclabruins.com. In his latest entry, Lee talks about UCLA's win against San Diego State and discusses his pre-game routine.

Briefly ... -- UCLA is averaging four goals a game, totalling 12 goals and 11 assists this season. The Bruins have scored five goals in two of their three games. ... Defender Scot Thompson had a scoring streak stopped at three games after being shut out Sept. 6 but has still scored a goal in six of his last nine games ... Sophomore forward Tim Pierce and freshman midfielder/defender Leonard Griffin recorded their first career goals in UCLA's Sept. 6 win over San Diego State. Also in that game, freshmen Alex Yi and John Carson picked up their first career points with an assist apiece.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Tuesday, Aug 18
vs. Mexican U-17 ...
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1
Saturday, Aug 22
vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. New Mexico
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 04 - 4:00 PM PST
at Maryland
College Park, MD
Monday, Sep 07 - 10:00 AM PST
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Sep 21 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 1:30 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Sunday, Oct 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Monday, Oct 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 16 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Oct 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 8:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 10:00 AM PST
at Akron
Akron, OH
Friday, Nov 06 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 14 - 7:00 PM PST
at San Diego State
San Diego, CA
Thursday, Nov 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
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