UCLA Men's Soccer Team Closes Regular Season Against Bay Area Schools
Nov. 7, 2000
This Week -- Head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a's UCLA men's soccer team (10-6-0, 1-5-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 18 by Soccer America) will close the regular season with a pair of home games against Stanford (15-1-1, 5-1-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 1 by Soccer America) and California (6-11-1, 2-3-1 in the Pac-10). The Stanford match will take place Friday, Nov. 10, while the Cal game will be held Sunday, Nov. 12. Both games will be played on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium at 2:00 pm.
Seniors To Be Honored Sunday -- UCLA's five seniors - Brian Foote, Ryan Lee, McKinley Tennyson Jr., Shaun Tsakiris and Caleb Westbay - will be honored in pre-game ceremonies on the last regular season home game of their careers on Sunday against Cal.
*Foote, a midfielder from Del Mar, CA, saw his first action as a Bruin this past weekend at Washington. He had been sidelined the past year and a half with an abdominal injury since transferring from Penn, where he played in 1996 and 1997. A model student-athlete, Foote was a member of the Director's Honor Roll.
*Lee, a defender from Alta Loma, CA and UCLA's team co-captain, earned all-tournament honors at the Indiana Classic this season. In 1999, he was a second-team all-conference selection and was named to the All-Tournament team at the UCLA Pacific Soccer Classic. As a freshman, he was a starter on UCLA's national championship team.
*Tennyson, a forward from Indianapolis, IN, is UCLA's leading scorer this season with 13 goals and 29 points. A nominee for both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award, he is nearing UCLA's all-time Top 10 list for both career points (97) and career goals (38). As a freshman, he helped lead UCLA to the NCAA title with the game-winner in the semifinals and an assist in the championship game.
*Tsakiris, a midfielder from Saratoga, CA and UCLA's team co-captain, ranks in the Top 5 in UCLA's career assist list (30) and currently has a career-best nine goals and 26 points. Last season, he was a first-team all-conference selection and was also a member of UCLA's 1997 NCAA championship team.
*Westbay, a midfielder from Simi Valley, CA, has seen his first significant action this season, starting 15 of the Bruins' 16 games. He was also a member of UCLA's NCAA championship team in 1997.
A Look At The Cardinal -- Pac-10 co-leader Stanford is coming off a 1-0 overtime victory over defending NCAA champion Indiana in a battle of No. 1 teams (Stanford was No. 1 in the Soccer America poll, while Indiana was No. 1 in the media poll) and has won seven consecutive games. The Cardinal is led offensively by Scott Leber (12g, 4a) and defensively by goalkeeper Adam Zapala (0.24 GAA). In the last meeting up in Palo Alto, Stanford won 1-0 on a Johanes Maliza goal.
A Look At The Golden Bears -- California is also coming off a victory over Indiana, defeating the Hoosiers 2-1 a day after falling to NSCAA No. 1 San Jose State, 3-2. Kendall Simmons leads the team with six goals and 13 points. In the last meeting at Berkeley earlier this year, Cal's Austin Ripmaster scored the game's only goal with five minutes to play.
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