Nov. 16, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's soccer team (16-2, ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA) will open the 1999 NCAA Tournament with a first round match against No. 14 San Diego (14-3, ranked No. 12 by the NSCAA) on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1:00 pm on the North Athletic Field. 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. The winner of the UCLA-San Diego game will advance to the NCAA second round to face the winner of Saturday's Saint Louis-Illinois-Chicago match. Saint Louis is the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
UCLA In the Rankings
SA - Soccer America
ST - SoccerTimes.com
Tickets - Tickets for Sunday's game are $7 for adults and $5 for students/youth. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
UCLA in the NCAA Tournament - UCLA won NCAA titles in 1997, 1990 and 1985 and have 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 41-24. Last season, the Bruins advanced to the second round before falling to Creighton 2-0.
The Series - UCLA leads the overall series against San Diego 12-2-2 and defeated the Toreros 2-0 in the last match a year ago behind goals from Shaun Tsakiris and Seth George. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando made a career-high six saves in that contest while posting the shutout. The two teams also met in 1997, with UCLA prevailing 3-0. Tom Poltl had two goals, and Martin Bruno scored the other. Pete Vagenas added an assist for the Bruins.
A Look at the Toreros - The 14-3 Toreros, who earned the West Coast Conference's automatic bid, are coached by Seamus McFadden in his 21st season. Senior forward Levi Parker (22 points) leads seven San Diego players in double-figure scoring. Senior forward Mike Marvil is close behind with 17 points. Senior keeper Matt Hall holds a 1.45 goals against average with 2.5 shutouts.
San Diego in the NCAA Tournament - San Diego has participated in six NCAA Championships and holds an all-time tournament record of 7-6. The Toreros reached the championship game in 1992, falling 2-0 to Virginia. Last season, San Diego made its first NCAA appearance in three years and advanced to the second round before losing to eventual finalist Stanford 3-1 in double overtime.
|Record vs. Ranked Teams||2-1-0||2-0-0|
|Record vs. NCAA Teams||1-1-0||1-1-0|
|Overall NCAA Wins||41||7|
Common Opponents - UCLA and San Diego have played a similar schedule. Following is a look of the results against common opponents:
|Opponent||UCLA Score||USD Score|
|Cal State Fullerton||W 2-1, ot (11/7)||W 4-2 (10/1)|
|Cal State Northridge||W 2-1, 2ot (10/8)||W 2-1, 2ot (9/7)|
|Florida International||L 0-1, 2ot (9/10)||W 3-2 (9/19)|
|Loyola Marymount||W 2-1, ot (9/29)||W 3-0 (11/2)|
|Oregon State||W 3-0 (9/26)||W 4-0 (9/10)|
|Portland||W 1-0 exh. (8/29)||L 1-2 (10/24)|
|San Francisco||W 3-1 (9/17)||W 1-0 (10/8)|
|UC Irvine||W 1-0 (10/22)||W 2-1, ot (10/3)|
|UNLV||W 6-1 (10/15)||W 3-1 (9/1)|
Familiar Faces - With the two teams having faced off each of the last two years, the teams are familiar with each other. Twelve Bruins (Adam Cooper, Ryan Lee, Carlos Bocanegra, Shaun Tsakiris, Sasha Victorine, Martin Bruno, Steve Shak and Nick Rimando started, while Ryan Futagaki, Nick Paneno, Sean Walker and Pete Vagenas came off the bench) and seven Toreros (Erin O'Connor, Eric Van Demen, Mike Piserchio, Miguel Suazo, Brian O'Connor started, Antonio Gonzales and Joel Armstrong came off the bench) played in the last contest. In 1997, Bocanegra, Vagenas, Tsakiris, Paneno, Shak, McKinley Tennyson, Bruno, Shea Travis and Lee all saw action in the Bruins' 3-0 win, as did San Diego's Mike Marvil, Levi Parker, Armstrong, Suazo, Brian O'Connor, Erin O'Connor and Paul Fisher.
Home Cooking - UCLA has won 38 of its last 40 home games, including all seven games at home this year. In first-round home matches, UCLA has won its last four games.
Last Game - UCLA's 14-game winning streak came to an end last week with a 2-1 loss to Washington in the MPSF Championship game. Playing in the driving rain, the Bruins let a 1-0 lead in the second minute slip away. The 14-game streak was the second-longest in school history.
A Look at the Bruins - Guided by first-year head coach Todd Salda?a, the 1999 UCLA Bruins enter the NCAA Tournament with a 16-2 overall record and a No. 3 final regular season national ranking. UCLA, which has won 14 of its last 15 games, has been solid on both ends of the field, averaging 2.4 goals per game while holding a team goals against average of 0.74. Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine leads six Bruins in double-figure scoring with 28 points (10g, 8a). Junior forward McKinley Tennyson is close behind with 24 points (9g, 6a) in just 13 games. 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 0.75 with 57 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 UCLA's scoring leader with a career-high 10 goals, including a team-high four game-winners, and 28 points. 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 12 games. He is having the best offensive season for a Bruin midfielder since Eddie Lewis scored 32 points in 1995. The Bruins are undefeated when Victorine scores a goal or assist and 4-2 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 14 points and tied for third with eight 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 has missed eight games with a knee injury but came back to play 25 minutes against Washington last week.
Thompson on a Roll - Freshman defender Scot Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Trabuco Hills HS) has kicked off the scoring for the Bruins in each of the last two games. Against Cal State Fullerton, he broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 68th minute, helping lead the Bruins to a win over the rival Titans. Thompson struck again against Washington, scoring just 1:04 into the contest to stake UCLA to a 1-0 lead against the Huskies. The rookie has three goals this season, tied for fourth-most on the team.
Bruin Players Lend a Helping Hand (or Foot) - UCLA leads the MPSF in assists with 57. Midfielder Shaun Tsakiris and forward Martin Bruno lead the conference with nine assists apiece. Pete Vagenas and Sasha Victorine are close behind with eight each. McKinley Tennyson, Jr. rounds out the Top 10 in 10th place with six. In last week's national rankings, Bruno ranked 13th nationally with an assists per game average of 0.56.
Bruins Healthy for Playoffs - In contrast to recent years, the Bruins enter the NCAA playoffs in good health. All-American defender Carlos Bocanegra, who missed eight games with a knee injury, returned to the lineup last week against Washington and played 25 minutes in the second half. Forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr., out for four games with an illness, returned Nov. 7 in the second half against Cal State Fullerton and played 90 minutes against Washington. Midfielder Shaun Tsakiris, who has missed the last six games with an illness, is expected to see action this week.
UCLA Loaded with Playoff Experience ... - 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. No question that UCLA has players who know what it takes to win an NCAA title.
... 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 16-2 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.
Bruin AccoladesCarlos Bocanegra
McKinley Tennyson, Jr.
UCLA Stat Leaders
UCLA's Career NCAA Stats