Oct. 9, 2000
This Week -- Head coach Todd Salda?a's UCLA men's soccer team (8-1-0, 0-1-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 2 by SoccerTimes.com) will team up with the UCLA women's soccer team (9-1-1, 0-0-1 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 5 by Soccer America and SoccerTimes.com) for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend. The first twin bill will see both teams battle Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 13 on Spaulding Field. The Bruin men will play first at 5:30 pm against the Beaver men (5-5-1, 0-1-1 in the Pac-10), followed by the UCLA women versus the Oregon State women (6-7-1, 0-0-1) at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Bruin women will kick off play on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium against Oregon (4-9-0, 1-1-0) at 11:00 am, followed by the UCLA men against Washington (8-3-0, 2-0-0, ranked No. 7 by Soccer America) at 2:00 pm.
UCLA Soccer Is Nation's Top Combined Program In 2000 -- With an overall record of 17-2-1, the UCLA men's and women's soccer programs combined rank No. 1 nationally in winning percentage. The UCLA men, who were the top-ranked team in the country for five consecutive weeks, currently stand at No. 2 (SoccerTimes.com) nationally. The Bruin women have been ranked fifth in the country for the last three weeks.
UCLA In The Rankings -- After being the consensus No. 1 for several weeks, the Bruins dropped slightly to No. 2 in the SoccerTimes.com poll, No. 3 in the media poll, No. 5 in the Soccer America poll and No. 6 in the NSCAA poll.
A Look At The Beavers -- Oregon State has lost twice and tied once in their last three games but defeated then 10th-ranked Portland 2-1 on Sept. 19. The Beavers are led by senior forward Matt Olsen, whose four goals, two assists and 10 points lead the team. Sophomore defender Gavin Shak, who has one assist in eight games, is the younger brother of former UCLA star and 2000 MLS No. 1 draft pick Steve Shak. UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 5-0, and enjoyed a 3-0 win a year ago. In that game last season, Scot Thompson and Ryan Futagaki scored their first career goals.
A Look At the Huskies -- Washington has been a thorn in UCLA's side in recent years, having won the last two games and three of the last four. UCLA, which still leads the series, 6-4-2, last won in 1997 in a 1-0 victory in the NCAA second round. This year's Huskies are coming off a 2-1 overtime upset over No. 4 Stanford and a 7-0 drubbing of California and have won five consecutive matches. Three players lead the team in scoring with nine points - Greg Foisie, Bryn Ritchie and Ben Somoza. Goalkeeper Chad Olsen holds a 1.00 GAA with 3.5 shutouts.
Tennyson Up For M.A.C. Award, Hermann Trophy -- Senior forward McKinley Tennyson Jr. was selected as one of 15 nominees for the Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Player of the Year Award and for the Hermann Trophy. Tennyson remains one of the nation's leaders in scoring with nine goals and 18 points in just eight games played.
Countess Ties School Record With 11 Saves -- True freshman goalkeeper DJ Countess tied the school record for single-game saves when he stopped 11 shots against Stanford in a 1-0 loss Oct. 8. Countess, the U.S. U-20 National Team goalkeeper, ranks among the nation's leaders with a 0.60 goals against average and has made 32 saves in nine games.
Tsakiris Enjoying Best Offensive Season -- In just eight games played, senior playmaker Shaun Tsakiris has already reached new career-highs in goals scored (five, including three game-winners) and points scored (15). With 27 career assists, Tsakiris is nearing UCLA's all-time Top 10 list and needs one more to tie Robbie LaBelle and Eddie Lewis for ninth place.
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 discusses the Stanford road trip.