Top-Ranked UCLA Men's Soccer Team To Face San Diego St. In Home Opener

Sept. 4, 2000

This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (2-0), newly crowned No. 1 in the NSCAA poll and in the NCAA Men's Soccer Media Poll, will face San Diego State (1-0) Wednesday, Sept. 6 in UCLA's home opener. The game will be played on Spaulding Field at 7:30 pm.

A Look at San Diego State -- The Aztecs are led by first-year head coach Lev Kirshner, a Rutgers teammate of UCLA assistant coach Steve Rammel. Last season, the Aztecs recorded a 4-15 record. Senior midfielder Milton Economy was SDSU's leading scorer in 1999 with four goals and 10 points. Five different players scored as the Aztecs won their season opener, 5-0, against Christian Heritage College Friday.

The Series -- UCLA leads the series against San Diego State, 22-3-5, and has won the last seven games. SDSU's last win came in 1989, 3-2 in overtime. The Bruins won last year's contest 2-0 at home. Ryan Lee scored a goal, and Jimmy Frazelle and Ryan Futagaki added assists.

Bruins Host Free Clinic -- The UCLA men's soccer team will host a free clinic on Sunday, Sept. 10 at the North Athletic Field. The clinic, which is open to boys and girls of all ages, starts at 2:00 pm, with check-in beginning at 1:45 pm. Following the clinic, at approximately 3:15 pm, the UCLA team will sign autographs for those in attendance. People wishing to attend the clinic must RSVP with their name, address, phone number and age to Jill Johnson (phone: 310/825-2343, fax: 310/267-2334, e-mail: by Wednesday, Sept. 6.

UCLA In the Rankings -- The Bruins began the season as the pre-season No. 3 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls and as the pre-season No. 4 in the Soccer America poll. After defeating top-ranked Indiana, UCLA has moved up to the No. 1 spot in the NSCAA rankings and in the new NCAA Men's Soccer Media Poll.

UCLA Upsets No. 1 Indiana -- The Bruins gained a little bit of redemption after last year's NCAA semifinal loss to Indiana by upsetting the top-ranked Hoosiers, 2-1 in Bloomington. The win gave UCLA a 7-6 series lead and also dropped Indiana to 0-2 on the season. Hoosier killer and Hermann Trophy nominee McKinley Tennyson Jr. scored his third career goal against his home-state team, and Scot Thompson recorded his second goal of the season.

Countess Named Defensive MVP -- Freshman goalkeeper DJ Countess was phenomenal against Indiana in just his second collegiate game. Countess faced 16 shots and came away with eight saves, including one on a penalty kick in the second half. His heroics earned him Tournament Defensive MVP honors. Countess, along with redshirt freshman Zach Wells, shut out Butler in the first game, 5-0. The U.S. U-20 National Team keeper now holds a 0.54 GAA with nine saves.

Tsakiris Starts Strong -- Senior midfielder Shaun Tsakiris has started his campaign early for All-America honors, netting two goals and two assists and earning all-tournament honors at the IU Classic. Tsakiris, who was named a pre-season All-American by College Soccer Online, scored the game-winner in the victory over Butler and added another goal and an assist. Against Indiana, he assisted on the game-winner to give him six points after two games. With 24 career assists, Tsakiris is just four assists away from moving into the Top 10 on UCLA's all-time list.

Westbay, Lee Earn All-Tournament Honors -- Seniors Caleb Westbay and Ryan Lee had strong performances over the weekend to earn all-tournament honors at the IU Classic. Westbay, a midfielder who had just 10 prior appearances in his three years as a Bruin, made his first career start against Butler and also started against Indiana. Lee, a defender and returning all-conference performer, helped limit Butler to just three shots in the game.

Briefly ... -- Shaun Tsakiris leads UCLA with two goals and two assists (6 points) ... Sophomore defender Scot Thompson has scored five goals in his last eight games and holds a scoring streak of three consecutive games with a goal. He is currently tied for the team lead in goals scored with two ... Freshmen Adolfo Gregorio and Matt Taylor scored their first career points in the Butler game. Gregorio netted his first career goal, and Taylor tallied his first career assist ... Also scoring his first goal was sophomore Jimmy Frazelle, who successfully converted a penalty kick against Butler.

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