Dec. 17, 1999
The UCLA men's soccer team, which participated in the NCAA College Cup a week ago, placed five members on the 1999 NSCAA All-Far West team.
Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine (Corona, Calif./Rio Americano HS) and junior defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma HS) repeated as first-team selections. Junior goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair, Calif./Montclair HS), senior defender Steve Shak (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr HS) and senior midfielder Pete Vagenas (Pasadena, Calif./St. Francis HS) earned second-team honors.
Victorine, who also earned first-team All-America honors, was selected as the 1999 NSCAA/Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year, as well as the MPSF Pacific Division Player of the Year. He led UCLA this season with a career-high 33 points (12g, 9a). Victorine was a second-team selection as a freshman in 1996.
Bocanegra, who was a second-team All-America and first-team All-MPSF pick, earned his second consecutive All-Far West nod despite missing eight games with a knee injury. He finished the year with two goals and two assists and solidified his reputation as one of the nation's top defenders.
First-team All-MPSF goalkeeper Rimando set a school record this year with 19 victories. He posted a goals against average of 0.78 and lowered his career GAA to 0.67, second-best in UCLA history. Rimando was a first-team All-Far West and second-team All-American pick a year ago.
Shak and Vagenas earned their first career all-region honors. Shak had a solid year, helping the Bruins post nine shutouts and scoring his first career goals. Vagenas, a team co-captain along with Victorine, recorded career-highs in points (17) and assists (11). Vagenas also moved into fifth place in the UCLA record books with 30 career assists. Both Shak and Vagenas were first-team All-MPSF selections.
1999 First Team All-Far West Player, Team Pos. Yr. Hometown Adam Zapala, Stanford Gk Sr. Cupertino, CA Carlos Bocanegra, UCLA D Jr. Alta Loma, CA Eric Denton, Santa Clara D Sr. Manteca, CA Adam Eyre, Santa Clara D Sr. Agoura Hills, CA Carl Bussey, SMU Mf So. Dallas, TX Ryan Nelson, Stanford Mf Jr. Christchurch, NZ Brian O'Connor, San Diego Mf Sr. San Diego, CA Sasha Victorine, UCLA Mf Sr. Corona, CA Conor Casey, Portland F Fr. Denver, CO Mohamed Fahim, SMU F So. Dallas, TX Wes Hart, Washington F Sr. Littleton, CO
1999 Second Team All-Far West Player, Team Pos. Yr. Hometown Nick Rimando, UCLA Gk Jr. Montclair, CA Derek Dyslin, Cal D Sr. La Ca?ada, CA Steve Shak, UCLA D Sr. Cerritos, CA Ryan Suarez, San Jose St. D Jr. Roseville, CA Ramiro Arredonda, Cal Mf Jr. Redwood City, CA Andrees Murriagui, LMU Mf Fr. Laguna Hills, CA Pete Vagenas, UCLA Mf Sr. Pasadena, CA Brian Winters, Portland Mf Sr. Puyalluh, WA Brian Ching, Gonzaga F Jr. Haleiwa, HI Colby Jackson, CSUF F Sr. Claremont, CA Lee Morrison, Stanford D So. Carmichael, CA