Women's Soccer Team Still Hoping for a Conference Tournament Berth

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:

*SJSU @ Hawai’i, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 1:00 p.m.
*SJSU @ Sacramento State, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, 1:00 p.m.

THE SPARTANS:
San Jose State, 5-11-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, lost two close games last week. The Spartans honored their seniors at the team’s last home game against Fresno State on Oct. 19, but lost the match, 2-1, on a late Bulldog goal. The team then lost to the WAC newcomer Boise State, 2-1, in Boise on Oct. 28.

THIS WEEK:
The Spartans begin the week in seventh place in the WAC standings with only one conference game remaining. The Spartans begin the week at Hawai’I in a must-win situation. If the team loses, they will be eliminated from the post-season. The team wraps up its season at Sacramento State, in a rescheduled match originally slated for Sept. 16.

THE OPPONENTS:
Hawai’i:
Hawai’I, 6-9-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the WAC, split the team’s two road matches last week. On Sunday, Hawaii junior attacking midfielder Tiffany Makue set a new school record with three assists as the Wahine rallied to scored three second half goals to defeat Nevada, 4-1 at Mackay Stadium in Reno. Earlier in the week the Wahine were outshot, 17-to-10, and surrendered an own goal in dropping their WAC match at Boise State, 3-0, at the Simplot Sports Complex in Boise.

Sacramento State:
Forward Heather Steel’s goal in the 95th minute gave the Idaho State Bengals a 1-0 overtime win over the Sacramento State women’s soccer team during a Big Sky Conference match, Sunday afternoon at Hornet Soccer Field. The Hornets fell to 5-9-1 overall and 3-3 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State is now 0-3-1 in overtime contests this season. Sacramento State will host two more contests at Hornet Soccer Field against Oregon State at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, and San Jose State on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Both contests were rescheduled from an earlier date due to the events in New York and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SJSU vs. Hawai’i:
The Spartans hold a 4-1-1 advantage in the all-time series against Hawai’i. The Spartans won the first four games of this series dating back to 1996. In 1999 the Wahine were able to record their first win against the Spartans in a 2-1 win at Spartan Stadium. Last season the teams ended their only meeting in a 1-1 tie after double overtime. The Spartans are
2-0-1 at Hawai’i.

SJSU vs. Sacramento State:
The Spartans hold a 4-2 record against the Hornets. The last time the teams faced off, the Hornets were able to defeat the Spartans, 2-0, win in San Jose. The Spartans’ last win against Sacramento State came in 1999 when the team won 1-0 at Sacramento. The Spartans are 2-1-0 at Sacramento.


RECENT SAN JOSE STATE GAMES:
The Spartans hope of returning to the WAC Tournament faded a bit with losses to Fresno State and Boise State last week. Against Fresno State the Spartans scored first, but were unable to capture a win against the visiting team in their last home game of the season on Thursday, Oct. 25. The Bulldogs’ Erin Sayegusa scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation to win, 2-1, at Spartans Stadium. Jeane Sunseri scored the first goal of the game at the 81:58 mark to break a scoreless tie. The Bulldogs countered just over a minute later when Aimee Thompson beat out Spartan goalkeeper Eryn Meyer. Thompson would later feed the ball to Erin Sayegusa who scored the eventual game winner at 86:32.

Boise State's Kaziah Hill scored 12 seconds into the match as the Broncos defeated San Jose State, 2-1, in a Western Athletic Confererence match on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Boise. Hill's goal is tied for the seventh quickest goal in NCAA Division I history. The Broncos broke out early as Hill stole a pass from the San Jose State defense on the opening possession, raced around one defender then beat the Spartan keeper to the left with 12 seconds gone in the first half for a 1-0 Boise State advantage. Boise State got their second goal in the 39th minute from Abbe Roche when she volleyed a corner kick into the net from five yards out to put Boise State up 2-0 at the half.San Jose State dominated the second half pulling to within one goal in the 53rd minute on a goal from Kristina Jacob.

KRISTINA JACOB STILL SMOKIN’:
Senior midfielder Kristina Jacob is a big reason the Spartans have been able to stay in the playoff hunt. Jacob, the defending WAC Tournament MVP, has four goals and four assists so far this season and has scored all four of her goals and three of her assists in coference matches.


SORTING OUT THE CONFERENCE STANDINGS:
The Spartans have one game left to try and improve their chances of getting into the WAC tournament. With a loss, the Spartans will be eliminated. With a win, and some help from other teams, the Spartans have a shot of returning to the tournament for the sixth year in a row. A win at Hawai’I would give the Spartans a 4-4 conference record. There are five other teams that could potentially end up with a 4-4 record, which would mean the WAC tie-breaking principles would come into account. The seeding is determined directly on head-to-head competition and if there is a tie, the records of the teams in a tie will be compared. The team or teams with the best record against the other tied teams receives the higher seed. Then the team with the next best record against the remaining tied teams receives the next highest seed until all six positions have been determined.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE REMAINING SCHEDULES:

Boise State—at Rice and at Tulsa
Fresno State—vs Hawai’I
Hawai’I—vs San Jose State and vs Fresno State
Nevada—at Tulsa and at Rice
Rice—vs Boise State and vs Nevada
SMU—at UTEP
UTEP—vs SMU
Tulsa—vs Nevada and at Boise State


WAC Games All Games
W L T Pct. Home Away W L T Pct. Home Away
SMU 7 0 0 1.000 4-0-0 3-0-0 12 3 0 .800 6-0-0 6-3-0
Fresno State 4 3 0 .571 2-2-0 2-1-0 6 8 0 .467 4-2-0 3-6-0
Boise State 4 2 0 .667 2-2-0 2-0-0 9 5 1 .633 7-2-0 2-3-1
Tulsa 3 3 0 .500 1-0-0 2-3-0 8 7 2 .529 3-3-1 5-4-1
Hawai`I 3 3 0 .500 1-1-0 2-2-0 6 9 0 .400 2-2-0 4-7-0
Rice 3 3 0 .500 2-0-0 1-3-0 5 8 0 .385 3-3-0 2-5-0
SJSU 3 4 0 .429 2-2-0 1-2-0 5 11 0 .294 4-7-0 1-4-0
UTEP 1 5 1 .214 0-3-0 1-2-1 3 10 2 .267 1-5-0 2-5-2
Nevada 0 5 1 .083 0-3-1 0-2-0 0 15 1 .031 0-6-1 0-9-0

SCHEDULE NOTE:
The game between San Jose State and Sacramento State originally scheduled for Sept. 16 will be played at Sacramento State on Sunday, November 4 with a 1:00 p.m. start time.


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