Following a 4-4, double-overtime home tie against the University of Nevada on Senior Day on Sunday, October 30, inside Spartan Stadium, the Spartans and Wolf Pack had come up on equal points for second place in the conference standings with Utah State, a 2-0 home winner over Idaho earlier Sunday. With a surprise 1-0 victory later in the day by Fresno State at a Hawai’i team which had already locked up the top seed and at least a share of the regular-season league title, the number of teams with 4-2-1 WAC records and 13 points, grew to four.
With San Jose State and Nevada each having beaten both Utah State and Fresno State, the Spartans and Wolf Pack were isolated in the tiebreaker. The two teams tied each other, lost to Hawai’i and Boise State, and beat Utah State, Fresno State, Idaho and Louisiana Tech, so the tiebreaker went to the final notch, the draw which San Jose State won.
San Jose State will face Thursday’s winner between third seed Nevada and sixth-seeded host Boise State, at 2:30 p.m. MST on Friday, November 4. Friday’s winners will meet in the championship match on Saturday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. MST with the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth on the line.
The Spartans will be making their first appearance at the WAC Tournament since 2000, when they won three games in four days in Fresno, Calif., to earn their only league title, and their sixth appearance overall. Of Friday’s potential semifinal opponents, San Jose State tied Nevada at home, 4-4, and lost a tough, 2-1 decision at Boise State, so far this season.\
“I’m really pleased for the girls,” said second-year Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa. “They deserve it just like anybody else. They’ve worked really hard and turned around a season. You like to have something positive happen when you are unbeaten in six of your last seven games.”
Utah State won the draw for the fourth seed with Fresno State, and will play the Bulldogs to open the tournament at 12:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, November 3.
2005 WAC Tournament Schedule
Boas Soccer Complex, Boise, Idaho
Thursday, November 3
Match 1 4 Utah State vs. 5 Fresno State, 12:00 p.m.
Match 2 3 Nevada vs. 6 Boise State, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, November 4
Match 3 1 Hawai’i vs. 4/5, 12:00 p.m.
Match 4 2 San Jose State vs. 3/6, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5
Championship Match, 11:00 a.m.
*All times local, and may change due to the host school preference.