Sept. 13, 1999
This Week - The No. 5-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (3-1) will travel to Northern California to face San Francisco (3-2) Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm and San Jose State (3-0-1) on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 5:00 pm.
In the Rankings - UCLA fell from the top perch in the rankings to No. 5 in the Soccer America poll, No. 7 in the SoccerTimes poll and No. 16 in the NSCAA poll. San Jose State is ranked No. 22 by the NSCAA, which also ranked the Bruins fourth and the Spartans sixth in the Far West Region. San Francisco is unranked.
About The Dons - Four-time NCAA Champion San Francisco is coached by the legendary Stephen Negoesco, who will coach his 750th game at USF this Wednesday before meeting the Bruins. The Dons have won three consecutive games after losing their first two. Last weekend, USF won both games in its diadora Classic (2-1 over Cal State Northridge, 1-0 over Loyola, Chicago). Gerald Hyelkema leads the squad with six points (2g, 2a).
About The Spartans - San Jose State had a successful 1998 campaign, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 22 years. The Spartans have continued their success in the 1999 season, with a scoreless tie against pre-season No. 5 Stanford as the only blemish on their record. Aman Kebreab (three goals, two of them game-winners) and Chad Harper (2g, 2a) lead the Spartans with six points apiece.
Last Week - UCLA took a hit just days after being named the No. 1 team in the nation, falling 1-0 to host Florida International in double overtime. An apparent goal by Sasha Victorine in the first period of overtime was disallowed due to an offsides call, then FIU freshman Russell Vreeland scored the game-winner in the 119th minute to end the game. The Bruins rebounded two days later with a 4-3 double overtime win against Butler. Pete Vagenas scored the game-winner in the 108th minute to give UCLA the win.
Tennyson Continues Feast on Indiana Schools - Junior forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr., an Indianapolis, IN native, once again played a dominating game against an Indiana school, scoring two goals and an assist against Butler last weekend. In the three games he has played against a school from his home state, he has scored four goals and recorded two assists. Against the Indiana Hoosiers in the 1997 NCAA Semifinals, Tennyson scored the game's only goal in triple overtime. He again helped the Bruins defeat the then-top-ranked Hoosiers in the championship match of the 1998 Pacific Soccer Classic, scoring the game's first goal and then assisting on the game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory. Tennyson leads the 1999 Bruins with 10 points (4g, 2a) in just three games played.
Hermann Trophy Finalists - Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine (3g, 1a) 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 have impressed. Victorine 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. Bocanegra was named the Defensive MVP at the Cal State Fullerton FILA Classic and recorded a goal and an assist in the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win over Butler.
Bruins Sharing the Wealth - In just four games this season, six UCLA players have found the back of the net. McKinley Tennyson, Jr. leads the team with four goals, followed closely by Sasha Victorine with three goals and Pete Vagenas with two. Forward Martin Bruno, midfielder Shaun Tsakiris and defender Carlos Bocanegra have one apiece. Tsakiris leads the team with four assists.
Four Bruins Selected Pre-Season All-American - Bocanegra, Vagenas and Victorine were selected by Soccer America and College Soccer Online as pre-season first-team All-Americans. Junior goalkeeper Nick Rimando was chosen by College Soccer Online to the second-team.
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 National Team squad that advanced to the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championships this past 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 National Team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. Junior defender Ryan Lee has also seen time with the U-23 National Team as a member of the U-23 pool.