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No. 2 UCLA Men's Soccer Opens MPSF Conference Play
By: UCLA Athletics

Oct. 4, 1999

This Week - The second-ranked (Soccer America) UCLA men's soccer team (7-1, winners of five straight) will begin conference play this week when it travels up the 405 freeway to face Cal State Northridge (6-4-0) on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm. The game will take place at Northridge's North Campus Stadium. The Bruins will host UC Santa Barbara (7-3-0) on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Noon in another MPSF contest. The UCSB game is the first in a doubleheader at UCLA's North Athletic Field, preceding a Pac-10 matchup between the UCLA women and the Arizona women.

In the Rankings - The Bruins moved up to second in the Soccer America rankings and moved up two spots to third in the rankings. UCLA jumped up three spots in the NSCAA/adidas rankings, claiming the No. 6 spot. The Bruins are ranked second and UC Santa Barbara 10th in the Far West region by the NSCAA.

About the Matadors - Cal State Northridge is coached by first-year head coach Terry Davila. The Matadors, which return to the MPSF after a one-year stint as an Independent, are led by senior forwards Federico Arroyo, the 1998 NCAA Independent Player of the Year, and Michael Preis, a member of the U.S. U-23 national team. Arroyo led the NCAA last year in assists per game (16 total) while scoring 40 points. Preis played alongside five Bruins at the 1999 Pan American Games. UCLA won the last meeting 4-0 in 1997.

About the Gauchos - UC Santa Barbara has already surpassed its combined win total of the 1997 and 1998 seasons with seven this season. Last year's Gauchos went 2-17-1. UCSB is led this year by Thiago "Thiba" Martins (14 pts., 6g, 2a) and Jaime Ambriz (9 pts., 4g, 1a). Goalkeeper Stewart Sanders has totaled four shutouts and boasts a season GAA to 0.89 UCLA won the last meeting 3-2 in 1998.

Last Week - Senior forward Martin Bruno scored the golden goal in the ninth minute of overtime to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount. Sasha Victorine staked the Bruins to a 1-0 first-half lead, but the Lions tied it up in the second half before Bruno's goal ended the game. Ryan Futagaki and Pete Vagenas each had a goal called off due to offsides calls.

Three Bruins to Vie for MAC Award - Three UCLA standouts, the most among all colleges, have been selected as candidates for the Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation Player of the Year award, the official NSCAA/adidas award for Division I players. Named to the ballot are junior defender Carlos Bocanegra and senior midfielder Pete Vagenas and senior midfielder and three-time nominee Sasha Victorine. The winner will be selected in balloting by NSCAA member coaches and honored on Friday, Jan. 7. Bocanegra and Victorine are also finalists for the Hermann Trophy.

Player of the Year Updates -

Sasha Victorine: Team co-captain Victorine (Corona, CA) was selected the MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 6 after scoring a hat trick in the Bruins' season opener. He was also named the MPSF Player of the Week for Sept. 13-19 after scoring two goals and an assist against USF. Victorine, who scored a goal in UCLA's only game last week, leads the team in goals scored (6), points (15) and multiple-goal games (2).

Carlos Bocanegra: Bocanegra (Alta Loma, CA) 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 been a major factor in UCLA's three shutouts this season.

Pete Vagenas: Vagenas (Pasadena, CA), UCLA's team co-captain, ranks fourth on the team in scoring with seven points (2g, 3a). Vagenas scored the game-winning goal against Butler in overtime and assisted on the game-winner in overtime against LMU.

Tsakiris Among Nation's Assist Leaders - Junior midfielder Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, CA) ranks 12th nationally in assists per game with an average of 0.75 (six in eight games). Tsakiris leads the team in assists and has already surpassed his previous career high of five , set in 1997.

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