Nov. 1, 1998
Los Angeles - The UCLA men's soccer team won its Pacific Soccer Classic for the 10th time in the tournament's 14 years by defeating top-ranked Indiana 2-1 in front of 3,155 fans. McKinley Tennyson, Jr. and Offensive MVP Seth George scored the goals for UCLA.
Tennyson, Jr., a sophomore forward from Indianapolis, Ind. who scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime against Indiana in the 1997 NCAA Semifinals, struck first in the 37th minute, just six minutes after entering the game. Tennyson, playing for the first time in two weeks due to injuries, took a pass from Pete Vagenas near the goal and touched it past Indiana keeper T.J. Hannig.
Indiana came back and scored less than two minutes later when Dema Kovalenko fooled UCLA keeper Nick Rimando with a decoy to Gino DiGuardi. Kovalenko instead took the shot from 35 yards out which bounced past Rimando, hit the post and went in. Four minutes after halftime, Tennyson, Jr. connected with George, who streaked down the field and had just Hannig to beat one-on-one. George won the battle and scored the game-winner.
Indiana had two good chances to equalize in the 56th minute when Aleksey Korol fired a point-blank shot that Rimando blocked. The rebound went to DiGuardi, whose shot was cleared by Carlos Bocanegra.
The Bruins, who have now won three straight against the Hoosiers, improve to 13-2 overall. Indiana drops to 16-2.
In the first game of the day, Saint Mary's (6-10) downed Loyola Marymount (4-10-1) 3-1 behind two goals from Leo Cuellar and a goal and assist from Eric Reed.
Game Summary (Game Three) - Loyola Marymount vs. Saint Marys 1st 2nd F Saint Marys (6-10) 3 0 0 LMU (4-10-1) 1 0 1
Scoring Summary Team Goal by Assist Time SMC Eric Reed Nick Marcum 5:03 SMC Leo Cuellar Eric Reed 11:47 SMC Leo Cuellar unassisted 24:54 LMU Andre Childers unassisted 28:36
Game Summary (Game Four) - UCLA vs. Indiana 1st 2nd F Indiana (16-2-0) 1 0 1 UCLA (13-2-0) 1 1 2
Scoring Summary Team Goal by Assist Time UCLA McKinley Tennyson, Jr. Pete Vagenas, Shea Travis 36:34 Indiana Dema Kovalenko unassisted 38:05 UCLA Seth George McKinley Tennyson, Jr. 49:18
1998 Pacific Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team
Offensive MVP: Seth George (UCLA) Defensive MVP: Carlos Bocanegra (UCLA), Nick Garcia (IU) All-Tournament Team: Patrick Choate and Andre Childers (LMU); Leo Cuellar and Ali-John Utush (SMC); Dema Kovalenko and Yuri Lavrinenko (IU); McKinley Tennyson, Jr. and Pete Vagenas (UCLA)
UCLA Forward McKinley Tennyson Jr.
"This was a really big game for me coming off all of my injuries. I'm not 100% yet. I was just trying to make the most of the time I was given. Indiana is a respectable program, and UCLA is too. Every time we meet it's going to be a great game."
UCLA Midfielder Sasha Victorine
"Beating Indiana is a definite confidence boost. Now we know that on any given day we can be the best team."
UCLA Head Coach Sigi Schmid
"They're a good team. It's never easy against Indiana. Yeagley is a great coach and IU is a great program. To beat them three times in a row is a testament to our program."
"After our loss to Fullerton, we decided that we needed to establish ourselves in our tournament. Its kind of just like last season when we lost to Fullerton and then beat Duke in the tournament. We feel were at a very comparable state to last year."
"I think the game was won and lost in the midfield, and I think ours was a little better today."
UCLA Goalkeeper Nick Rimando
(On having IUs number): "Im not sure. Hopefully we do. We beat them in the Final Four last year so I guess so. They're No. 1 in the nation, and I know they're going to want us again in the playoffs. Hopefully we'll meet in the Final Four and not sooner."
Indiana midfielder Dema Kovalenko
(on his goal): "I was just trying to play it back into the box. I got lucky."
Indiana Head Coach Jerry Yeagley
"The Indianapolis player (Tennyson) made a difference for them again. He loves to play against Indiana."
"We missed our chances again. It's been our problem all season and we had it again today, but we at least created chances in the second half after we fell behind 2-1."
(On the chances of a rematch in the NCAA Tournament): "I would love to play them again."