Sasha Victorine Wins Missouri Athletic Club Award for Player of the Year

Dec. 8, 1999

ST. LOUIS, MO - UCLA men's soccer standout Sasha Victorine (Corona, Calif.) has been named the male winner of the Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation College Player of the Year Award. Santa Clara's Mandy Clemens won the women's M.A.C. Award, it was announced today.

The awards are also the official Division I Player of the Year selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

In the closest voting in the 14-year history of the M.A.C. men's award, Victorine edged out Duke's Ali Curtis with 71 points to Curtis' 70 points.

Victorine, a 6-2 senior midfielder and team co-captain, has enjoyed an outstanding season, leading the College Cup-bound Bruins in points scored (a career-high 32) and setting new career marks in goals (12) and assists (8). UCLA plays defending champion Indiana in the NCAA semifinals on Friday in Charlotte, NC.

"I'm ecstatic," said Victorine, the first West Coast player to win the men's award. "I set a goal when I injured my knee in 1997 to come back and be as good if not a better player than I was before I got hurt. This shows how hard I've worked and means a lot to me."

Victorine becomes UCLA's first-ever M.A.C. Award winner. He joins such prestigious company as Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola, John Harkes and Alexi Lalas. Victorine, who is from Corona, California, and Clemens, a native of San Diego, California, will be presented with the traditional crystal ball trophies on Friday, January 7, 2000 during a dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

The final vote totals for the top five finishers in the men's category, with first-place votes in parentheses:

Men's Player of the Year

1. Sasha Victorine, UCLA, 71 points

2. Ali Curtis, Duke, 70

3. Adin Brown, William & Mary, 64

4. Nick Garcia, Indiana, 61

5. Aleksy Korol, Indiana, 52

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Sep 04
at Maryland
College Park, MD
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Monday, Sep 07
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
L, 1 - 3
Sunday, Sep 13
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Friday, Sep 18
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Monday, Sep 21
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Sep 25
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 27
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3 (OT)
Friday, Oct 02
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1 (2OT)
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 3 - 2 (2OT)
Monday, Oct 12
vs. San Diego State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Monday, Oct 19
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Oct 23
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
T, 2 - 2
Sunday, Oct 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 4
Sunday, Nov 01
at Akron
Akron, OH
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Nov 08
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Nov 14
at San Diego State
San Diego, CA
L, 0 - 1 (2OT)
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 0
Sunday, Nov 22
at Seattle
Seattle, WA
L, 0 - 1