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No. 2 UCLA Men's Soccer Team Embarks On Final Road Trip Of Regular Season
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/11/1999

Oct. 11, 1999

This Week - The second-ranked (Soccer America) UCLA men's soccer team (9-1, winners of seven straight) will take its last road trip of the regular season when it travels to UNLV (5-6) and New Mexico (5-6). The Bruins will face UNLV in Las Vegas , NV on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 before flying out to Albuquerque, NM to face the Lobos on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2:00 pm. Following this short road trip, UCLA will play all of its remaining five regular season games at home.

In the Rankings - UCLA held at No. 2 in the Soccer American rankings and stayed at No. 6 in the NSCAA rankings. However, the Bruins fell from No. 3 to No. 5 in the SoccerTimes.com poll.

About the Rebels - UNLV is coached by Barry Barto in his 18th season. The Rebels have not played since losing to Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky Oct. 1 and 3. Sophomore forward Jason Melendez leads the team with 10 points (3g, 4a). UNLV posted upset wins against Gonzaga and Air Force earlier in the year.

About the Lobos - New Mexico is coached by Klaus Weber in his 13th year. The Lobos have lost four straight games and have not scored during that four-game span, tying a school record. Despite its recent scoring deficiency, New Mexico is led in scoring by Ty Hibbert, who has amassed 14 points (6g, 2a).

Last Week - The Bruins went 2-0 on the week and are undefeated in MPSF play after coming from behind to defeat Cal State Northridge 2-1 in double overtime and UC Santa Barbara 3-1. Sasha Victorine recorded the game-winning goals in both games. Shaun Tsakiris recorded two assists in the UCSB contest to raise his season total to a career-best eight (he ranks fifth nationally in assists per game with a 0.80 average). Ryan Lee scored his first goal of the season against UCSB, and McKinley Tennyson, Jr. scored a goal in each of the two games.

Time is on Bruins' Side - Whoever said you couldn't turn back time apparently wasn't witnessing the Bruins' game against Cal State Northridge. With the Bruins down 1-0 with less than a minute to play, Referee Ed Cantor ordered the timekeeper to turn the clock back to 1:37 remaining after his earlier signal for a time stoppage was not acknowledged. With that extra time, McKinley Tennyson, Jr. scored the equalizer with 46 seconds to spare to send the game into overtime. UCLA won the game with one and a half minutes to play in the second overtime when Sasha Victorine's shot was deflected by a Northridge defender into his own net.

Three Bruins to Vie for MAC Award - Three UCLA standouts, the most among all colleges, have been selected as candidates for the Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation Player of the Year award, the official NSCAA/adidas award for Division I players. Named to the ballot are junior defender Carlos Bocanegra and senior midfielder Pete Vagenas and senior midfielder and three-time nominee Sasha Victorine. The winner will be selected in balloting by NSCAA member coaches and honored on Friday, Jan. 7. Bocanegra and Victorine are also finalists for the Hermann Trophy. All three players won bronze medals with the U.S. Under-23 National Team at the 1999 Pan American Games.

Player of the Year Updates -

Sasha Victorine: Team co-captain Victorine (Corona, CA) was selected the MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 6 after scoring a hat trick in the Bruins' season opener. He was also named the MPSF Player of the Week for Sept. 13-19 after scoring two goals and an assist against USF. This past weekend, he recorded the game-winners in both of the Bruins' come-from-behind victories. Victorine leads the team in goals scored (8, a career-high), points (19, another career-high) and multiple-goal games (2).

Carlos Bocanegra: Bocanegra (Alta Loma, CA) was named the Defensive MVP at the CS Fullerton FILA Classic and recorded a goal and an assist in the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win over Butler. He has been a major factor in UCLA's three shutouts this season.

Pete Vagenas: Vagenas (Pasadena, CA), UCLA's team co-captain, ranks fifth on the team in scoring with seven points (2g, 3a). Vagenas scored the game-winning goal against Butler in overtime and assisted on the game-winner in overtime against LMU.

U.S. National Team Experience - UCLA's 1999 roster is loaded with players who participated in international tournaments with various U.S. youth national teams during the off-season. Four Bruins (Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Nick Rimando and Tsakiris) were part of the U.S. U-20 squad that advanced to the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championships last April in Nigeria. Tennyson also participated in the qualifying tournament for the Championships. This summer, Bocanegra, Futagaki, Steve Shak, Vagenas and Victorine earned bronze medals with the U.S. U-23 Team at the Pan Am Games. Ryan Lee has also seen time with the U-23 National Team as a member of the U-23 pool.


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