Men's Soccer Closes Regular Season With 3-1 Win Over Cal

Nov. 12, 2000

Los Angeles, CA - The 18th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team came from behind to defeat California, 3-1, in the regular season finale at Frank W. Marshall Field.

Freshman forward Cliff McKinley (Fountain Valley, CA/Fountain Valley HS) recorded his first career multiple goal game, scoring two goals to lead the Bruins, and senior forward McKinley Tennyson Jr. (Indianapolis, IN/North Central HS) had the other goal, plus one assist in his final regular season home game. Tennyson's points increased his career point total to 102, which ranks ninth in UCLA school history. He also moved into tenth place for career goals with 40.

Chris Roner put California on the board first at 31:26. After UCLA goalkeeper DJ Countess punched out a Leo Krupnik shot on goal, Roner fired in the rebound for his fourth goal of the year.

The Bruins answered back quickly, as McKinley fired in a 15-yard shot just two minutes later. McKinley scored what proved to be the game-winning goal less than two minutes into the second period on assists from Tennyson and senior midfielder Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, CA/Bellarmine Prep).

Tennyson fought hard for the game's final goal at 76:32. After receiving a pass from Tony Lawson (Palmdale, CA/Quartz Hill HS), he shook off a defender and fired the ball into the goal area. Cal goalkeeper Marco Palmieri tried to smother it, but the ball came loose just far enough for Tennyson to make the second effort and shoot it into the empty net from three yards out.

UCLA outshot Cal, 22-13. Palmieri made nine saves for the Golden Bears, while Countess had four.

The Bruins' final regular season record improves to 12-6, 3-5 in the Pac-10, while Cal ends its season at 6-13-1, 2-5-1 in the conference.

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