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Men's Soccer Travels To No. 3 Seed Saint Louis
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/22/1999

Nov. 22, 1999

This Week - The UCLA men's soccer team (17-2, ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA) will travel to St. Louis, Mo. to face third-seeded Saint Louis (17-3-2, ranked No. 8 by the NSCAA) on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1:00 pm CT at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. The Bruins, who were awarded an at-large bid into the Championships, are unseeded in the Tournament and are making their 17th consecutive and 27th overall appearance. In their NCAA first round game, the Bruins defeated San Diego 4-1. Saint Louis came from behind to defeat Illinois-Chicago 3-2 in the first round. This is the second consecutive year UCLA and Saint Louis were slated for a second round matchup. However, a 4-1 double overtime victory by Creighton over Saint Louis prevented that matchup from occuring last season.

UCLA in the NCAA Tournament - UCLA won NCAA titles in 1997, 1990 and 1985 and has finished second three times (1973, 1972 and 1970) and third twice (1984, 1994). UCLA has advanced to collegiate soccer's Final Four nine times. UCLA's all-time NCAA record is 42-24. Last season, the Bruins advanced to the second round before falling to Creighton 2-0.

Saint Louis in the NCAA Tournament - Saint Louis has participated in 38 NCAA Championships and holds an all-time tournament record of 60-27-3. The Billikens have won an NCAA record 10 championships (1959, 60, 62, 63, 65, 67, 69,70,72,73). Saint Louis advanced to the Final Four in 1997, but lost in the first round in 1998. In its first round matchup last weekend, Saint Louis came from behind to defeat Illinois-Chicago 3-2 despite playing a man down for 20 minutes. For their second round matchup, the Billikens will be without the services of forward Vedad Alagic (4g, 4a), who was red-carded against UIC in the first round.

A Look at the Billikens - The 17-3-2 Billikens, who received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, are coached by Bob Warming in his third season. Jeff DiMaria (26 points) leads the Billikens, while two other Saint Louis players have also scored 20+ points this season - Jason Mims (24 pts.) and Jack Jewsbury (20 pts.). Goalkeeper Paul Nagy has accumulated eight shutouts with a 1.02 goals against average.

Stats Comparison-

Category                   UCLA Saint Louis
Overall Record           17-2-0      17-3-2
Home Record               8-0-0       8-1-1
Road Record               6-2-0       5-2-1
Record vs. Ranked Teams   3-1-0       5-2-1
Record vs. NCAA Teams     2-1-0       4-3-1
Goals Scored                 47          50
Goals Allowed                15          23
Shutouts                      7           8
Shots                       328         295
Corner Kicks                120         129
NCAA Appearances             26          38
Overall NCAA Wins            42          60 
Storied Rivalry Renewed - UCLA and Saint Louis will continue one of the greatest soccer rivalries of all time when they meet Sunday. The Bruins and Billikens had a fierce NCAA Tournament rivalry in the early 1970's, facing three times in the NCAA Championship game (1970, 1972, 1973) and once in the semifinal game (1974). Saint Louis won all four games . However, none of those four victories came during the lifetimes of any current player on either team. In more recent history, UCLA has won the last two games in the series - 2-0 at Saint Louis in 1997 and 3-2 at UCLA in 1996 - and has not lost to Saint Louis since 1979. In addition, the Bruins also won a 1996 exhibition game at Saint Louis 1-0 on a Nick Paneno goal. The Billikens hold the overall series advantage 7-3.

1997 Revisited - UCLA and Saint Louis last met in 1997 at the Saint Louis Tournament. Defense was the key in the first half, as UCLA's defense held Saint Louis to three shots (one shot on goal). Saint Louis' defense was just as strong, holding the Bruins to five shots (three shots on goal). UCLA's offense broke through in the second half, as Seth George one-timed a pass from McKinley Tennyson, Jr. past Saint Louis keeper Casey Klipfel for the game's first goal in the 53rd minute. Tennyson scored an insurance goal two and a half minutes later to seal the victory. Ten Bruins who played in that game return, including eight current starters. Saint Louis returns David Williams, Mark Robinson, Vedad Alagic, Nick Bokern, Tim Tedoni and Brian Hadican.

1996 Revisited - UCLA and Saint Louis met twice in 1996. The first meeting was an exhibition at Saint Louis, which the Bruins won 1-0 behind a Nick Paneno goal. In the regular-season matchup at the UCLA MetLife Classic, Saint Louis took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick (handball), but with 50 seconds to play in the first half, UCLA's Nick Theslof tied up the game with a shot from 14 yards out. Sasha Victorine put the Bruins up 2-1 four minutes into the second half, but Saint Louis once again tied it up in the 61st minute when Mark Filla headed in a Nick Bokern corner kick. Ending the see-saw battle was UCLA's Tom Poltl, who scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute, with assists coming from Seth George and Martin Bruno. Pete Vagenas, Victorine, Shea Travis, Paneno and Bruno (UCLA) and Bokern and David Williams (SLU) are holdovers from the 1996 game.

Bruins Earn 4-1 Win in First Round - UCLA scored its biggest NCAA victory since a 5-0 first-round win in 1972 by defeating San Diego 4-1 in the NCAA first round. Ryan Futagaki put the Bruins ahead in the fourth minute with his third goal of the season. After San Diego tied it up in the 28th minute, McKinley Tennyson, Jr. opened up the second half with a 48th minute goal to take the lead again. Carlos Bocanegra made it 3-1, leaping high to head in a perfectly-placed free kick from Shaun Tsakiris. Tennyson scored his second goal of the game in the 61st minute to put the game away.

A Look at the Bruins - Guided by first-year head coach Todd Saldana, the 1999 UCLA Bruins enter Sunday's game with a 17-2 overall record and a No. 3 final regular-season national ranking. UCLA, which has won 15 of its last 16 games, has been solid on both ends of the field, averaging 2.5 goals per game while holding a team goals against average of 0.75. Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine and junior forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr. lead six Bruins in double-figure scoring with 28 points apiece. Junior goalkeeper Nick Rimando and defenders Steve Shak, Carlos Bocanegra and Ryan Lee anchor a Bruin defense which has recorded seven shutouts. Rimando has recorded a goals against average of 0.77 with 59 saves this season.

Player of the Year Candidate Updates -
Sasha Victorine, Midfielder: Senior Sasha Victorine (Corona, Calif./Rio Americano HS), UCLA's team co-captain, is tied for first on the team with a career-high 28 points. He has also scored a team-high four game-winning goals. Victorine has earned multiple honors this season. On top of being selected a finalist for both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC Award, he was picked as a pre-season All-American by both Soccer America and College Soccer Online. After scoring a hat trick in the Bruins' season opener, he was selected the MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week. Just two weeks later, he was named the MPSF Player of the Week and the SoccerTimes.com Player of the Week (Sept. 13-19) after scoring two goals and an assist against USF. He was selected the Pacific Soccer Classic Offensive MVP and has scored a goal or an assist in 10 of his last 13 games. Victorine is having the best offensive season for a Bruin midfielder since Eddie Lewis scored 32 points in 1995. The Bruins are undefeated when he scores a goal or assist and 5-2 when he is held scoreless.
Pete Vagenas, Midfielder: Senior Pete Vagenas (Pasadena, Calif./St. Francis HS), UCLA's team co-captain, ranks fourth on the team in scoring with a career-high tying 16 points and is second with a career-high 10 assists. This season, Vagenas scored game-winning goals in overtime against Butler and against San Diego State and also assisted on game-winners in overtime against LMU, at UNLV and vs. Virginia.
Carlos Bocanegra, Defender: Junior Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma HS), 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 missed eight games due to a knee injury but came back to play 25 minutes in the MPSF Championship and returned to the starting lineup against USD, scoring a goal in the second half.

Bruin Players Lend a Helping Hand (or Foot) - UCLA leads the MPSF in assists with 62. Midfielder Shaun Tsakiris has moved into UCLA's Top 10 list for single season assists with 11 (tied for eighth place), and midfielder Pete Vagenas is close behind with 10. In addition, forward Martin Bruno has nine assists, and midfielder Sasha Victorine has eight.

Rimando Nearing School Record - Junior goalkeeper Nick Rimando is one win away from tying a school record for single season goalkeeping victories. He currently has 17 this season, which ties for fourth on UCLA's all-time list. The school record is 18, held by Anton Nistl (1989), Mike Vanneman (1977) and current UCLA goalkeeper coach David Vanole (1985). With 37 career wins, Rimando is also closing in on the Top 5 list for career victories. Two more wins would put Rimando in fifth place with Steve Burnside.

Former Walking Wounded Show No Signs of Slowing - Not only are Carlos Bocanegra, McKinley Tennyson, Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris back in the lineup, but all three played siginificant roles in UCLA's 4-1 first round win over San Diego. Bocanegra, an All-American defender who missed eight games with a knee injury, scored his first goal since Sept. 12. Tennyson, who missed four games with an illness, came off the bench to score two goals, including the game-winner. Midfielder Shaun Tsakiris, who missed the last six games due to illness, had two assists.

Tennyson Named MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week - For the second time this season, junior forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr. was selected the MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 15-21. Tennyson earned this honor after scoring two goals in the Bruins' 4-1 NCAA first round win over San Diego.

UCLA Loaded with Playoff Experience... - It is no question that UCLA has players who know what it takes to win an NCAA title. The Bruins have 12 players who have started NCAA playoff games and another two who have seen action in the tournament. In addition, eight Bruins (Carlos Bocanegra, Martin Bruno, Ryan Lee, Nick Paneno, Steve Shak, McKinley Tennyson, Jr., Shea Travis and Shaun Tsakiris) saw playing time in the NCAA Championship game in 1997.

...and National Team Experience - Not only do the Bruins have NCAA Championship experience, but the Bruins also have many players with U.S. National Team experience. Five Bruins won bronze medals with the U.S. U-23 National Team at the 1999 Pan American Games - Carlos Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Steve Shak, Sasha Victorine and USA team captain Pete Vagenas. In addition, Bocanegra and Futagaki played in the U-20 FIFA World Youth Championships last April along with Nick Rimando and Shaun Tsakiris. Junior defender Ryan Lee has also seen time with the U-23 team.

UCLA Head Coach Todd Salda?a - First-year head coach Todd Salda?a has led his Bruins to an impressive 17-2 record and a perfect 7-0 mark in the MPSF Pacific Division. Salda?a is in his third coaching job at UCLA. Prior to assuming the duties of UCLA men's head coach, he was the head coach for the UCLA women in 1998, and from 1989-95 he was an assistant coach under Sigi Schmid for the UCLA men. Salda?a also assumed duties of interim head coach for the UCLA men from December 1993-August 1994 while Schmid was an assistant coach for the U.S. World Cup Team.

UCLA Stat Leaders

Player              G  A Pts.
Sasha Victorine    10  8  28
McKinley Tennyson  11  6  28
Martin Bruno        5  9  19
Pete Vagenas        3 10  16
Shaun Tsakiris      2 11  15
Shea Travis         3  4  10

Player G/GS GA GAA Nick Rimando 19/19 15 0.77

UCLA In the Rankings

Date   SA NSCAA ST
Pre-S.  3   9    3
  9/6   1   1    1
 9/13   5  16    7 
 9/20   4  11    7
 9/27   3   9    5 
 10/4   2   6    3 
10/11   2   6    5 
10/18   2   4    4
10/25   2   3    3
 11/1   1   2    2
 11/8   1   2    2
11/15   4   3    3 

SA - Soccer America
ST - SoccerTimes.com

Bruin Accolades

Carlos Bocanegra

  • Hermann Trophy finalist
  • Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year finalist
  • Soccer America, College Soccer Online Pre-Season All-American
  • Defensive MVP - CS Fullerton FILA Classic

    Ryan Lee

  • Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct. 18-24)
  • Pacific Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team

    Nick Rimando

  • Pacific Soccer Classic Defensive MVP
  • MPSF Player of the Week (Oct. 25-31)
  • Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct. 25-31)

    Steve Shak

  • Pacific Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team

    McKinley Tennyson, Jr.

  • MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week (Oct. 10-17, Nov. 15-21)

    Pete Vagenas

  • Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year finalist
  • Soccer America, College Soccer Online Pre-Season All-American

    Sasha Victorine

  • Hermann Trophy finalist
  • Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year finalist
  • Soccer America, College Soccer Online Pre-Season All-American
  • MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week (Aug. 30-Sept. 6)
  • MPSF Player of the Week (Sept. 13-19)
  • SoccerTimes.com Player of the Week (Sept. 13-19)
  • Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 13-19, Oct. 4-10, Nov. 1-7)
  • Pacific Soccer Classic Offensive MVP
  • UCLA/Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers Student-Athlete of the Month (Sept.-Oct.)

    UCLA's Career NCAA Stats

    Name               GP GS G A Pts
    McKinley Tennyson   8  7 3 1   7
    Pete Vagenas        6  6 2 3   7
    Carlos Bocanegra    8  8 1 1   3
    Martin Bruno        9  3 1 1   3
    Nick Paneno         9  9 1 1   3
    Ryan Futagaki       3  3 1 0   2
    Shaun Tsakiris      8  1 0 2   2
    Sasha Victorine     4  3 1 0   2
    Adam Cooper         4  1 0 1   1
    Ryan Lee            8  5 0 1   1
    Brandon Kay         3  2 0 0   0
    Tim Pierce          1  0 0 0   0
    Steve Shak          8  8 0 0   0
    Scot Thompson       1  0 0 0   0
    Shea Travis         8  2 0 0   0
    Sean Walker         3  0 0 0   0
    

    Goalkeepers GP GS GA Sv GAA Nick Rimando 3 3 4 11 1.41 Kevin Perrault 1 0 0 1 0.00


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