Women's Soccer: Spartans Return To Action Tuesday, Oct. 31

The San Jose State University women's soccer team is off until Tuesday, Oct. 31, when the Spartans end the regular season with a 7:30 p.m. game at Santa Clara University. San Jose State then travels to Fresno, Calif. for the Western Athletic Conference Championships, scheduled for Nov. 2-5 at Fresno State University.

Records: San Jose State is 7-11-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the WAC. The Spartans are in fourth place in the conference standings.

Spartans qualify for WAC Championships: San Jose State earned its fifth straight trip to the Western Athletic Conference Championships last week by defeating Fresno State by a score of 2-1 on Friday at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans have qualified for the WAC Championships every year since joining the conference in women's soccer in 1996.

WAC Championships info: The Western Athletic Conference Championships will be held at Nov. 2-5 at Fresno State. San Jose State has clinched the fourth seed and will play #5 seed UTEP at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 2. The winner will play #1 seed SMU at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.

The complete tournament bracket is as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 2
Game 1 -- #4 San Jose State vs. #5 UTEP, 5:00 p.m.
Game 2 -- #3 TCU vs. #6 Fresno State, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3
Game 3 - Winner Game 1 vs. #1 SMU, 5:00 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Tulsa, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 10:00 a.m. (championship)

The winner of the tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Spartans vs. Santa Clara: Santa Clara has won all four of the previous meetings between the two teams. The Broncos won last year's game at Spartan Stadium, 4-0.

Spartans in the WAC Championships: San Jose State is 3-4 all-time in the WAC Championships. Last year in Dallas, Texas, the Spartans dropped a 1-0 decision to Fresno State in the semifinals. The previous three years San Jose State won its quarterfinal game before losing in the semifinals.

Spartan record book: With her start in last Friday's game against Fresno State, Jackie Ostdiek became the all-time SJSU career leader in games played. In her four year career, Ostdiek has played in 80 games. She is now tied for the career lead in games started, with 74.

Conference statistical notes: In this week's conference statistics:

Jennifer Mescher is tied for seventh in assists, with four.

Goalkeepers Eryn Meyer and Trisha Forni are tied for eighth in shutouts. Both have one solo and one combined shutout this season. Meyer is sixth in saves, with 68, and is ninth in saves per game (4.25) and goals against average (1.58). Forni is ninth in shutouts per game, with a 0.16 average.

Interim Head Coach Tamie Grimes: Tamie Grimes is in her first year as interim head coach at San Jose State. She was a Spartan assistant coach the past two years, including one year as a graduate assistant.