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Fourth-Ranked UCLA Men's Soccer Team Faces Oregon State In Home Opener
By: UCLA Athletics

Sept. 20, 1999

This Week - The fourth-ranked (Soccer America) UCLA men's soccer team (5-1, winners of three straight) will play its first home game of the season when it hosts Oregon State (2-3) on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the North Athletic Field at 2:00 pm. The Bruins have won 31 of their last 33 home games. Tickets for the game are $6 for adults, $4 for youth. The game is designated as "Scout Day" - all scouts in uniform will receive free admission for themselves and one adult.

Next Week - UCLA will travel to Loyola Marymount Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 3:00 pm. The Lions are coached by former Bruin star Paul Krumpe, who is assisted by another former Bruin, Brian Irvin. UCLA has never lost in 17 games against LMU. UCLA's previously scheduled game Oct. 3 against Cal State Los Angeles was cancelled and will not be replayed.

In the Rankings - UCLA jumped up five notches from No. 16 to No. 11 in the NSCAA poll, moved up one to fifth in the Soccer America poll and remains seventh in the SoccerTimes rankings. Oregon State is unranked.

About the Beavers - Oregon State is coached by first-year coach Dana Taylor, who last season was an assistant at Creighton. The Beavers have lost three consecutive games after winning their first two. Two of those losses, however have come to ranked teams - No. 13 San Diego and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton. Senior Greg Howes leads the squad with seven points (3g, 1a). UCLA leads the overall series against OSU 4-0 and won the last meeting 1-0 in 1998.

Last Week - Sasha Victorine and Shaun Tsakiris combined on all three goals as the Bruins defeated San Francisco 3-1. Victorine had two goals and one assist, while Tsakiris recorded the game-winning goal and two assists. Against San Jose State, goalkeeper Nick Rimando made four saves en route to his second shutout of the season, as the Bruins won 1-0. Senior forward Shea Travis scored the game-winning goal in the 48th minute.

Victorine Selected MPSF Player of the Week - UCLA's Sasha Victorine was selected the MPSF Player of the Week (Sept. 13-19) after leading the Bruins to the aforementioned 3-1 victory at San Francisco which snapped USF's four-game winning streak. Victorine ignited UCLA's effort with his first goal at 1:26 of the opening half. He assisted on the game-winner later in the half and scored an insurance goal early in the second half.

Hermann Trophy Finalists Update - Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine (5g, 2a) and junior defender Carlos Bocanegra (1g, 1a) were named finalists for the Hermann Trophy. This is Victorine's second consecutive nomination and Bocanegra's first. Already this season both players, who were selected pre-season All-Americans, have impressed. 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. This week he was named the MPSF Player of the Week after scoring two goals and an assist against USF. Victorine leads the team in goals scored (5), points (12) and multiple-goal games (2). 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.

All Goals Go Through Tsakiris - With a career-high six assists already this season, junior midfielder Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, CA) is emerging as one of the Bruins' top offensive players. Last weekend at USF, Tsakiris had a hand in all three goals, recording two assists and scoring the game-winning goal. Tsakiris leads the Bruins in assists and is tied for second on the squad with 10 points.

U.S. National Team Experience - UCLA's 1999 roster is loaded with players who participated in international tournaments with various U.S. youth national teams during the off-season. Four Bruins (Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Rimando and Tsakiris) were part of the U.S. U-20 squad that advanced to the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championships last April in Nigeria. Tennyson also participated in the qualifying tournament for the Championships. This summer, Bocanegra, Futagaki, Steve Shak, Vagenas and Victorine earned bronze medals with the U.S. U-23 Team at the Pan Am Games. Ryan Lee has also seen time with the U-23 National Team as a member of the U-23 pool.

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