UCLA Men's Soccer Team Begins NCAA Tournament Play
Nov. 15, 2000
This Week -- Head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a's UCLA men's soccer team (12-6-0, ranked No. 18 by Soccer America) reached the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive year. The Bruins will travel for their first round game and will face No. 4 seed San Diego (15-1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5:00 pm at Torero Stadium.
Tickets -- Tickets for Saturday's game go on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion ticket office, and beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 15, tickets will be available at both the Jenny Craig Pavilion ticket office, and the University Center ticket office on the main campus. Tickets will be $8 for general admission adults, and $5 for children, students with proper I.D., and senior citizens. For ticket information, call 619/260-7550.
A Look At The Toreros -- San Diego has played just one tournament team this season, defeating sixth-seeded SMU in the first game of the year, 2-1. Sophomore forward Ryan Coiner leads the team in scoring with 17 goals and 42 points. Junior goalkeeper Justin Neerhoff holds a 0.63 GAA.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field -- The Bruins hold a 2-4 record in 2000 versus the tournament field. The two victories were against No. 1 teams at the time - a 2-1 win at Indiana Sept. 2 and a 1-0 double-overtime win Nov. 10 against third-seeded Stanford.
UCLA's Tournament History -- UCLA has participated in the NCAA Tournament 28 times now, winning national championships in 1985, 1990 and 1997. The Bruins' all-time NCAA record is 45-25.
The Series With San Diego -- UCLA holds a 13-2-2 series advantage over San Diego with three consecutive wins. The two teams have played frequently in the NCAA Tournament. In tournament play, the teams are tied at 2-2 with UCLA winning a second-round game, 2-1 in overtime in 1990 and in the first round in 1999, 4-1. San Diego won in the second round in 1992, 2-1 and in the first round in 1993, 4-2 in overtime.
Tournament Deja Vu -- UCLA's draw in the tournament looks eerily similar to last season's draw. Last year, UCLA and San Diego met in the first round, with UCLA winning 4-1 at home. UCLA then traveled to the Midwest for the second round before facing Virginia on the road in the third round. This year's bracket also has UCLA facing San Diego, albeit on the road, and the Bruins have a potential third round matchup with Virginia for the second consecutive year.
Tennyson Breaks 100-Point Barrier -- Senior forward McKinley Tennyson Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) further enhanced his Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year consideration with a key two-goal, one assist performance this week. In double overtime against top-ranked Stanford Nov. 10, Tennyson drew a foul in the penalty area and scored on the ensuing penalty kick to give UCLA a 1-0 upset victory. Against Cal Nov. 12, Tennyson recorded his 100th career point with an assist on the game-winning goal and then later scored a goal himself to move into a tie for 10th place on the UCLA all-time list with 40 career goals. He also ranks ninth in career points with 102. Tennyson leads the team and the Pac-10 Conference with 15 goals and 34 points, both career highs.
The Dynamic Duo -- Seniors McKinley Tennyson Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, CA) have been UCLA's dynamic duo all season. The two rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the team in scoring with 34 points from Tennyson and a career-high 27 from Tsakiris. If Tsakiris collects three more points this season, he and Tennyson would become UCLA's second consecutive 30-point scoring pair, following in the footsteps of Tennyson (31 points) and Sasha Victorine (33 points) last year.
McKinley Records First Multiple Goal Game -- Freshman forward Cliff McKinley (Fountain Valley, CA) recorded his first career multiple-goal game, scoring UCLA's first two goals to lead a come-from-behind effort against Cal. In that one game, McKinley moved up to third on the team in goals scored with four.
Yi Named Pac-10 Freshman Of the Year -- Midfielder/defender Alex Yi (Easton, MD) was named the first-ever Pac-10 Men's Soccer Freshman of the Year. Yi is one of just three Bruins to start all 18 games this season, and he has played a major role for a UCLA defense that posts a 1.02 goals against average (2nd in the Pac-10) and has recorded six shutouts. Earlier this season, he was named one of five 'Players To Watch' by the Missouri Athletic Club. Yi also earned second-team all-conference honors.
Nine Bruins Earn All-Conference Nods -- Nine UCLA players earned all-conference honors, including three who garnered first-team acclaim. UCLA's first-team picks were seniors Ryan Lee (Alta Loma, CA), McKinley Tennyson Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris. Each had previously earned all-conference acclaim a year ago in the MPSF. Freshmen Alex Yi and DJ Countess (Fair Oaks, CA) collected second team honors, while freshmen Nelson Akwari (Houston, TX) and Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, CA), sophomore Scot Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) and senior Caleb Westbay (Simi Valley, CA) were honorable mention selections.
UCLA Injury Report -- Sophomore defender Scot Thompson will miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot. He suffered the injury Oct. 28 against Portland. Also out for the season is junior midfielder Ryan Futagaki (knee), who has not played since Sept. 2. Freshman forward Adolfo Gregorio, who has been out since Oct. 22 with an ankle sprain, is doubtful.
Dear Diary -- Senior defender Ryan Lee (Alta Loma, CA) has been sharing his thoughts throughout the 2000 season in a weekly diary on UCLA's official website, www.uclabruins.com. In his latest entry, Lee discusses senior day and being on the bubble for a tournament bid.
Head Coach Todd Saldaï¿½a -- In his second year as head coach, Todd Saldaï¿½a has taken a young UCLA team to an 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Saldaï¿½a has posted a 31-9 record in two years with the program, and last season he took his Bruins all the way to the College Cup Semifinals, earning NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year honors in the process. Saldaï¿½a previously coached the UCLA women's soccer team in 1998 and was the head men's coach at Loyola Marymount in 1997.