Nov. 20, 2000
UCLA's Season Ends in NCAA First Round -- The UCLA men's soccer team ended the 2000 season with a 1-0 overtime loss to San Diego in the NCAA first round. San Diego's Miguel Suazo scored the game-winning goal in the 101st minute to break a scoreless tie. The Bruins finished with a 12-7 record and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive year and the 28th year overall. UCLA's all-time NCAA record now stands at 45-26.
Torero Terrors -- San Diego has certainly been a thorn in the Bruins' side during the NCAA playoffs. UCLA's loss this year marked the third time the Bruins had lost to the Toreros in their opening round match. San Diego also knocked out the Bruins in 1992, 2-1, and in 1993, 4-2 in overtime. All three of UCLA's losses in the all-time series with San Diego have come in the playoffs.
Looking Ahead To 2001 -- UCLA and head coach Todd Salda?a will lose the services of starters Ryan Lee, McKinley Tennyson Jr., Shaun Tsakiris and Caleb Westbay, as well as reserve midfielder Brian Foote. However, six players (five of whom are freshmen) who started 10 or more games return. Eight other players, including four freshmen, had at least four starts this season. In addition, UCLA will welcome back former U.S. U-20 midfielder Ryan Futagaki, who played in just two games this year due to an injured knee.
Tennyson Ends Career Ranked Ninth on All-Time Scoring List -- Senior forward McKinley Tennyson Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) finished his illustrious career ranked No. 9 on UCLA's all-time career points list with 102. His 40 career goals rank tied for tenth on the school list, his 10 career game-winning goals rank fifth, and his eight career multiple goal games rank second. Tennyson, a first-team all-conference selection and a candidate for both the Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. Award, led the team and the Pac-10 with 15 goals, five game-winning goals and 34 points, both career highs. Earlier in the year, he became the first player in UCLA history to record back-to-back hat tricks when he scored three goals against San Diego State Sept. 6 and against San Francisco Sept. 17.
Tsakiris Amongst Top 5 Assist Men -- Seniors midfielder Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, CA) ends his Bruin career ranked fifth on UCLA's all-time career assists list with 31. Tsakiris had a breakthrough offensive season, tallying a career-best nine goals (including four game-winners) and 25 points. The first-team All-Pac-10 selection tied a school record earlier this year by recording assists in five consecutive games.
Yi Named Pac-10 Freshman Of the Year -- Midfielder/defender Alex Yi (Easton, MD) was named the first-ever Pac-10 Men's Soccer Freshman of the Year. Yi was one of just three Bruins to start all 19 games this season, and he played a major role for a UCLA defense that posted a 1.01 goals against average (2nd in the Pac-10) and recorded six shutouts. Earlier this season, he was named one of five "Players To Watch" by the Missouri Athletic Club. Yi also earned second-team all-conference honors.
Nine Bruins Earn All-Conference Nods -- Nine UCLA players earned all-conference honors, including three who garnered first-team acclaim. UCLA's first-team picks were seniors Ryan Lee (Alta Loma, CA), McKinley Tennyson Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris. Each had previously earned all-conference acclaim a year ago in the MPSF. Freshmen Alex Yi and DJ Countess (Fair Oaks, CA) collected second team honors, while freshmen Nelson Akwari (Houston, TX) and Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, CA), sophomore Scot Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) and senior Caleb Westbay (Simi Valley, CA) were honorable mention selections.