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Men's Soccer Regains No. 1 Ranking
By: UCLA Athletics

November 2, 1998

Bruins Back on Top of Polls: Defending NCAA Men's Soccer champion UCLA (13-2, 5-0 in the conference) returned to the top of the Soccer America polls this week, moving from third to first after defeating last week's No. 1 Indiana, 2-1. UCLA is back at No. 1 for the first time since the pre-season rankings. Soccer News and Times have the Bruins ranked second, while the NSCAA has UCLA checking in at No. 4.

UCLA vs. UCSB: UCLA will resume Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play Friday, Nov. 6 at UC Santa Barbara (2-15, 0-6 in the MPSF). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos started 1998 by losing their first eight games then snapped out of their funk with a big 13-0 win over Menlo College. But their fortunes turned again in their next game, falling 9-0 to Washington. Senior forward Aron Wellman leads UCSB with five goals and 10 points. The Bruins lead the overall series 25-2 and have won the last 11 matches. Last year's contest was a 6-1 win punctuated by four second-half goals from Martin Bruno which tied a school record for most goals scored in a game.

UCLA vs. Cal Poly SLO: The Bruins will be seeking their eighth consecutive win over the Mustangs (9-5-2, 4-2 in the MPSF) Sunday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 pm at Cal Poly's Mustang Stadium. Junior Brian Lange (6g, 1a), senior Martin Haunes (5g, 1a) and freshman John Cummins (4g, 3a) lead Cal Poly in scoring. The Mustangs posted their biggest win of the year two weeks ago when they knocked off fifth-ranked Stanford 1-0. A key for winning for the Bruins would be to score first. Not only is UCLA 10-0 when it scores first, but all of Cal Poly's losses have come when its opponents have been first to light up the scoreboard. UCLA has a secret weapon in Bruin midfielder/defender Brandon Kay (Simi Valley, Calif.), who transferred from Cal Poly this season.

Bruins Win 10th Pacific Soccer Classic Title: Sporting a 2-0 record with wins over Saint Mary's (2-0) and previously top-ranked Indiana (2-1), UCLA won its 10th overall and third consecutive Pacific Soccer Classic title. Last year, the Bruins used the tournament as a stepping stone to the NCAA Championship, defeating sixth-ranked Duke 4-3 in the second day of the Classic. In 1998, the No. 3 Bruins defeated No. 1 Indiana 2-1 in the second day.

George Named Classic Offensive MVP, MPSF Player of the Week: After scoring the game-winning goal against Indiana, senior forward Seth George (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned Offensive MVP honors at the Pacific Soccer Classic for the second consecutive year and MPSF Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. George becomes the first player ever to win Pacific Soccer Classic Offensive MVP honors twice and the first player to win MPSF Player of the Week honors twice this season. George also scored a goal in UCLA's 2-0 win over Saint Mary's in Day One of the Classic.

Bocanegra Named Classic Defensive Co-MVP: Sophomore defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma, Calif.) shared Defensive MVP honors at the Classic with Indiana's Nick Garcia. Bocanegra's selection marked the eighth consecutive year a Bruin had been named Defensive MVP.

Tennyson Plays Hoosier Killer Again: Sophomore forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr. (Indianapolis, Ind.) has Indiana's number. For the second consecutive year, Tennyson's heroics sent his home-state team back to Indiana with a loss. At last year's NCAA Semifinals, Tennyson's golden goal in the 132nd minute ended Indiana's hopes of an undefeated season and sent the Bruins to the championship game. Against the Hoosiers at the 1998 Pacific Soccer Classic, Tennyson scored the game's first goal and assisted on Seth George's game-winner to give UCLA the 2-1 upset. After nursing various injuries, Tennyson was playing for the first time since totaling 37 minutes against UC Irvine Oct. 16. Tennyson earned Pacific Soccer Classic All-Tournament honors for the second consecutive year.

Player of the Year Candidate Updates

Seth George, Forward: Senior Seth George (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) leads UCLA with 12 goals, seven assists, six game-winning goals and 31 points. He has scored a goal or assist in 13 of UCLA's 15 games. George, a second-team All-American in 1997, ranks fifth (tied) on UCLA's all-time lists for career goals (46) and career points (118) and this past weekend broke the school record with 18 career game-winning goals. He also set a school record earlier in the month with his eighth career multiple goal game.

Sasha Victorine, Midfielder: Junior Sasha Victorine (Corona, Calif./Rio Americano HS), UCLA's field general, is tied for the team lead and is tied for second in the MPSF in assists with seven. Team captain Victorine, who missed most of 1997 with an ACL tear, has guided UCLA to a 13-2 record. His presence in the midfield has led UCLA to score 41 goals and allow just seven goals. Bruin head coach Sigi Schmid called the Victorine-led Bruin midfield the key to UCLA's 2-1 upset of Indiana.

Steve Shak, Defender: Junior Steve Shak (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr HS) anchors a UCLA defense which has shut out 10 of 15 opponents and allowed just seven goals. The central defender is a former walk-on to the Bruin team who went from not playing a single minute to being UCLA's starting sweeper and a player of the year nominee.

Kay Makes First Career Start: Redshirt freshman Brandon Kay's first career start was a memorable one. The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo transfer started in the central midfield against last week's No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers. Kay helped the Bruin midfield control the game and the Hoosiers, whom UCLA defeated 2-1. Kay has long ties to UCLA coach Sigi Schmid; Kay's grandfather, the late George "Scotty" Kay, coached Schmid on AYSO's first-ever team.

Travis Equals Career High in Goals: Junior Shea Travis (Detroit, Mich.) has equalled his career high in goals scored with four in 1998. Travis has totaled four goals and one assist and is tied for sixth in scoring with nine points despite playing in just nine games. The Bruin midfielder scored the winning goal against Saint Mary's and had an assist against Indiana.

UCLA Head Coach Sigi Schmid: Nineteen-ninety-seven NSCAA Coach of the Year Sigi Schmid has compiled a 318-61-33 record in his 19 years at UCLA. Schmid, a 1996 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, has guided his Bruins to three NCAA titles - 1985, 1990 and 1997. He ranks second amongst active coaches in winning percentage (now .812) behind only Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley (.826). Schmid is also the coach of the U.S. Under-20 National Team, of which five Bruins are members (Carlos Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Nick Rimando, McKinley Tennyson, Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris).

UCLA Stat Leaders

Player             G    A    Pts.
Seth George       12    7    31
Martin Bruno       6    3    15
McKinley Tennyson  5    2    12
Pete Vagenas       4    3    11
Shaun Tsakiris     3    4    10
Shea Travis        4    1     9
Sasha Victorine    1    7     9

Player G/GS GA GAA Nick Rimando 14/14 7 0.53 Kevin Perrault 4/1 0 0.00

Bruin Accolades

Carlos Bocanegra
Soccer America Pre-Season All-American
Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct. 5-11 and Oct. 25-Nov. 1)
Pacific Soccer Classic Defensive Co-MVP

Seth George
Soccer America Pre-Season All-American
MPSF Player of the Week (Sept. 13)
Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 7-13 and Sept. 28-Oct. 4)
Pacific Soccer Classic Offensive MVP

Nick Rimando
Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 21-27)

Steve Shak
Hermann Trophy nominee

McKinley Tennyson, Jr.
Pacific Soccer Classic All-Tournament

Pete Vagenas
Soccer America Pre-Season All-American (second team)
Pacific Soccer Classic All-Tournament

Sasha Victorine
Hermann Trophy nominee
Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year nominee
Soccer America Pre-Season All-American

UCLA In the Rankings

Date    SA    NSCAA    SN    ST
Pre-S.   1      1       1     -       
9/7      5     12       -     -   
9/14     5     10       3     5
9/21     3     10       3     2
9/28     2     10       5     3
10/5     2      9       5     3
10/12    2      6       4     3
10/19    5      9       5    5T
10/26    3      8       5     3
11/2     1      4       2     2

SA - Soccer America SN - Soccer News ST -

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