UCLA Men's Soccer Team Faces West Coast Rivals Cal State Fullerton, Portland
Oct. 23, 2000
This Week -- Head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a's UCLA men's soccer team (9-4-0, 1-4-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 17 by SoccerTimes.com) will face a pair of West Coast foes with a Thursday, Oct. 26 matchup against arch-rival Cal State Fullerton (11-4-1, ranked No. 24 by SoccerTimes.com) and a Saturday, Oct. 28 meeting with Portland (8-4-2) in the Pacific Soccer Challenge. Thursday's game against the Titans will take place at Titan Stadium on the Cal State Fullerton campus at 7:00 pm. The Portland game will be held at UCLA's Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium at 2:00 pm.
UCLA In The Rankings -- After two losses last weekend, the Bruins took a slight dip in the rankings, falling to ninth in the media poll and to 17th in the SoccerTimes.com poll. UCLA dropped out of the NSCAA poll.
A Look At the Titans -- Cal State Fullerton is unbeaten in its last six matches and has won four consecutive. Duncan Oughton leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 27 points. Three others are in double-figure scoring - Art Ramirez (16 points), David Dischner (13) and Ricky Melendez (11). The Titans are 6-0 at home in 2000 and have defeated UCLA in three consecutive contests at Titan Stadium. The Bruins won last year's contest at home, 2-1 in overtime and lead the overall series, 24-6-2.
A Look At The Pilots -- Portland has lost three consecutive leading into Saturday's game, including two consecutive on the road. The Pilots are guided by U.S. Olympic men's soccer coach Clive Charles and Olympic team starting forward Conor Casey. In just six games since rejoining the team after the Olympics, Casey has totaled 11 points on four goals and three assists. Last season, he led the NCAA in scoring with 53 points. Nate Jaqua leads the 2000 Pilots with 22 points (8g, 6a). UCLA leads the overall series 6-1-1 and have won the last four meetings.
Pacific Soccer Challenge -- UCLA's long-running annual tournament has taken a new look this season, taking shape this year only as a two-team 'Pacific Soccer Challenge' between West Coast powers UCLA and Portland. UCLA has won its Pacific Soccer Classic four consecutive years in the four-team format.
Bruins In Unfamiliar Territory -- UCLA is in quite unfamiliar territory with its three-game losing streak. The streak is UCLA's longest since dropping three straight going into the NCAA tournament in the 1994 season. However, the streak could be a good omen, UCLA advanced all the way to the NCAA semifinals that year.
Tennyson Up For M.A.C. Award, Hermann Trophy -- Forward McKinley Tennyson Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) has been 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 (2.17, 17th place) and goals per game (1.0, tied for sixth place). He has totaled 12 goals and 26 points in just 12 games played.
Tsakiris Moves Up Assists Chart -- Playmaker Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, CA) 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 (eight, including three game-winners) and points (22).
Davis Achieves Career Firsts -- Redshirt sophomore forward Chadd Davis (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) not only earned his first start of his career Oct. 22 at Oregon State, but he scored his first career goal in the sixth minute to tie the game at 1-1. Davis had played in just three games in two years entering the contest. Also earning their first starts of 2000 at Oregon State were redshirt sophomore forward Tim Pierce and junior midfielder Brandon Kay.