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, 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.

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