Reno, Nev. - In a battle for tourney seeds between two teams having already guaranteed spots at next week’s 2006 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament, the University of Nevada topped San Jose State University, 3-1, at Mackay Stadium on Sunday, October 29.
The defeat drops San Jose State to 7-10-2 overall and 4-2-1 in WAC play. The WAC win total matches its highest ever, as the Spartans finish with the same league mark as a season ago. Nevada improves to 11-4-3 overall and an identical 4-2-1 in the conference.
SPARTANS OPEN WAC TOURNEY AGAINST BOISE STATE THURSDAY
The Spartans and Wolf Pack complete the regular season on equal points at 13 apiece, but Nevada earns the third seed over SJSU on the tiebreaker due to the head-to-head victory. Mackay Stadium will serve as the host of the six-team WAC Tournament beginning Thursday, November 2. With all other results going final on Sunday, the fourth-seeded Spartans will take on fifth-seeded Boise State in the opening game at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.
The host Wolf Pack scored the game’s opening goal in the first half on a Jessica Wilcox header from a Lauren Kinneman cross at 19:37.
San Jose State answered on Liz Behlen’s unassisted goal at 25:18, the 2005 WAC Freshman of the Year finding the upper left corner of the net for her first goal of 2006.
The Spartans were unable to prevent a pair of second-half Nevada scores, however. Devin Noe notched her first collegiate goal at 48:02, heading in a Terran Hadlock free kick. Kenishia Warren then made it a 3-1 game at 77:09, scoring her fourth of 2006 from in close with Blaine Dugan earning credit for an assist.
The goalkeepers were both largely untested throughout the 90 minutes, as Marissa Dayton made two saves for San Jose State and Caitlin Holmes needed to make just one stop for the Wolf Pack.
Nicole Irwin had a team-high two shots for the Spartans. Hallsie Pacheco provided a 78th-minute shot on goal in addition to Behlen’s first-half strike. Jessica Thompson took a game-high four shots off the bench for Nevada, but none were on target.
The WAC Tournament will run Thursday through Sunday, November 2-5, with Sunday’s Championship Game winner at Mackay Stadium earning the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
San Jose State blanked Boise State in the regular-season meeting between the teams, 3-0, to open the 2006 conference slate at Spartan Stadium on Friday, October 6.
San Jose State (7-10-2, 4-2-1 WAC) - 1 0 - 1
Nevada (11-4-3, 4-2-1 WAC) - 1 2 - 3
NEV - Jessica Wilcox (Lauren Kinneman), 19:37
SJSU - Liz Behlen (1) (unassisted), 25:18
NEV - Devin Noe (1) (Terran Hadlock), 48:02
NEV - Kenishia Warren (4) (Blaine Dugan), 77:09
SJSU - 6
NEV - 17
SJSU - 2 (Marissa Dayton-2)
NEV - 1 (Caitlin Holmes-1)
SJSU - 0
NEV - 6
SJSU - 13
NEV - 10