UCLA Men's Soccer Team Travels To Cal, OSU
Oct. 16, 2000
This Week -- Head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a's UCLA men's soccer team (9-2-0, 1-2-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 7 by Soccer America) hits the road for a pair of Pac-10 Conference matches. The Bruins will first face California at Edwards Stadium on Friday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 pm then will meet Oregon State at Lorenz Field on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 pm.
UCLA In The Rankings -- The Bruins fell in the polls for the second consecutive week, slipping slightly from fifth to seventh in the Soccer America poll, third to fourth in the media poll, second to ninth in the SoccerTimes.com poll and from sixth to 17th in the NSCAA poll.
A Look At the Golden Bears -- Cal (2-9-1, 0-2-1 in the Pac-10) has struggled this season after losing eight starters from last year's team that was ranked in the Top 25 most of the season and finished with a 12-5-3 record. In their last seven games, the Bears are 0-6-1 and have scored just two goals. Kendall Simmonds leads the team with seven points (3g, 1a). The Bruins lead the overall series with Cal, 21-5-3 and have won the last two.
A Look At The Beavers -- The Bruins face Oregon State (6-6-1, 0-2-1 in the Pac-10) for the second time in nine days. UCLA won the Oct. 13 matchup, 4-1 at home, increasing its lead in the all-time series, 6-0. After that loss, Oregon State went on to defeat San Francisco, 1-0 at home on Oct. 15 for its first victory since Sept. 23. Senior forward Matt Olsen continues to lead the team with four goals, two assists and 10 points.
Last Week -- UCLA split a pair of conference games, defeating Oregon State, 4-1, and losing a heartbreaker to Washington, 2-3. McKinley Tennyson Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris accounted for all four goals against the Beavers, with each totaling two goals and one assist. The duo had a goal apiece against the Huskies, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead, but Washington scored three unanswered goals to take the 3-2 victory. Ben Somoza scored the game-winner for Washington with 19 seconds left on the clock.
Tennyson Up For M.A.C. Award, Hermann Trophy -- 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 points per game (2.5, seventh place) and goals per game (1.2, third place). He has totaled 12 goals and 25 points in just 10 games played.
Tsakiris Moves Up Assists Chart -- Playmaker Shaun Tsakiris has moved into UCLA's Top 10 list for career assists, tying Robbie LaBelle and Eddie Lewis for ninth place with 28. His milestone assist came on McKinley Tennyson Jr.'s game-winning goal against Oregon State Oct. 13. Tsakiris' next target on the Top 10 assist list is eighth-place Ante Razov, who totaled 29 career assists from 1992-95. Tsakiris has had his finest offensive season in 2000, reaching new career-highs in goals scored (eight, including three game-winners) and points scored (22). He ranks in the Top 20 nationally in points per game (2.20) and assists per game (0.60).
Bruins Boast Nation's Top 1-2 Punch -- UCLA's senior duo of Tennyson and Tsakiris have made a strong case for earning the distinction as the nation's most dangerous 1-2 punch. The Bruin duo are currently the only pair from one school ranked in the Top 20 nationally in points per game. Tennyson (career-high tying 12 goals) and Tsakiris (career-high eight goals) have combined for 69% of UCLA's goals and 59% of the team's point totals this season.
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.