Sept. 25, 2000
This Week -- Head coach Todd Salda?a's No. 1-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (6-0-0) will face fellow 1999 NCAA College Cup participant Santa Clara (5-2-0) on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:00 pm. The Bruins will return home for a Sunday, Oct. 1 matchup with Saint Mary's College (2-5-0) at Frank W. Marshall Field at 2:00 pm.
A Look at Santa Clara -- Last season, the Broncos earned a spot in the NCAA College Cup, advancing all the way to the championship match. Four starters return from that team, including goalkeeper Rusty Johnson, who ranked fifth in last week's national rankings with a 0.25 goals against average. His GAA is currently 0.68, and he has shut out four of six opponents. Offensively, Jamil Walker leads the team with four goals and 10 points.
A Look at Saint Mary's -- The Gaels have struggled offensively in 2000, being outscored by their opponents, 5-13. Freshman Alex Monsalve has scored three of the team's five goals.
The Series -- UCLA leads the series against Santa Clara, 12-6-4, and has won the last two games. In the last meeting in the first round of the 1997 NCAAs, UCLA won 3-0 en route to the national championship. Against Saint Mary's, the Bruins are undefeated in five games, with the last win coming in a 2-0 victory in 1998.
Bruins Survive OT at UCI, Shut Out UCSB -- UCLA survived an overtime scare at UC Irvine Sept. 21 but pulled out a 2-1 victory after freshman forward Adolfo Gregorio netted the game-winner less than two minutes into the sudden-death period. On Sept. 24, the Bruins overcame a slow start in the first half and went on to defeat UC Santa Barbara 2-0 on goals by McKinley Tennyson Jr. and Cliff McKinley.
McKinley Field? -- The Bruins are playing their home games on the new Frank W. Marshall Field this season, but it may as well be renamed McKinley Field since McKinley Tennyson Jr. and Cliff McKinley are the only players to score a goal on that field. In two games on Frank W. Marshall Field, Tennyson has four goals, and McKinley scored his first goal last Sunday.
Tennyson Hat Trick Streak Snapped -- After recording back-to-back hat tricks Sept. 6 and 17, McKinley Tennyson Jr. was held scoreless for the first time this season Sept. 21. However, he regained his scoring touch the following game against UCSB, netting the game-winner 19 seconds into the second half. Tennyson's back-to-back hat tricks are believed to be the first in an NCAA men's game since UNLV's Doug Borgel accomplished this feat in 1989.
The Fountain Of Youth -- UCLA's youth movement has made quite an impression thus far in 2000. The nation's top-ranked team starts no less than six true freshmen regularly and has started seven freshmen twice. Starting all six games this year have been goalkeeper DJ Countess, defenders Nelson Akwari and Alex Yi, and forwards Adolfo Gregorio and Matt Taylor. Midfielder Leonard Griffin has five starts, midfielder Ty Maurin has two, and forward Cliff McKinley has one.
Injury Report -- Midfielder Shaun Tsakiris is day-to-day after suffering a back injury during the UC Irvine game. Midfielder Ryan Futagaki, who has missed the last four games with a bone bruise to the knee, has resumed training and could return to the lineup this week.
Former Bruins Reach Olympic Semifinals -- Just one year removed from starring for the UCLA team, former Bruins Pete Vagenas and Sasha Victorine have led the U.S. to the Olympic semifinals. In the quarters against Japan, Vagenas scored the tying goal in the 90th minute on a penalty kick, and Victorine's goal in the penalty kick shootout won the game for the United States. The duo, along with fellow former Bruins Brad Friedel and Frankie Hejduk and the rest of their Olympic teammates, are assured of playing for a medal.
Dear Diary -- Senior defender and team captain Ryan Lee will share his thoughts during the season with a weekly diary on UCLA's official athletic website, www.uclabruins.com. In his latest entry, Lee talks about the responsibilites of being a team captain.