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THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HEAD BACK TO RENO FOR WAC TOURNAMENT
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team heads back to Reno, Nev., for the second time in five days on Wednesday, November 1, for the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The WAC Tournament will be hosted by the University of Nevada at Mackay Stadium, Thursday through Sunday, November 2-5. The fourth-seeded Spartans take on fifth-seeded Boise State in quarterfinal action to kick off the event at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will advance to face top-seeded defending tournament champion Fresno State in the first semifinal at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Friday’s semifinal winners will take a day off and meet in the championship match at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, with the WAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship on the line.
San Jose State will be making its second straight appearance at the WAC tourney since winning its only league title in 2000, and seventh appearance overall. In 2005, SJSU blanked Nevada, 2-0, following a first-round bye, before dropping a narrow 1-0 decision to Fresno State in the title match in Boise, Idaho. The Spartans have a record of 7-5 all-time in their six trips to the WAC Tournament. They are 2-2 all-time in Reno.
San Jose State will travel to Reno by bus, departing at around 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
at 2006 WAC TOURNAMENT
MACKAY STADIUM, RENO, NEV.
vs. NO. 5 BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (7-7-3)
MACKAY STADIUM, RENO, NEV.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 3:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (7-10-2, 4-2-1 WAC) vs. BOISE STATE (7-7-3, 2-3-2)
(BSU Leads Series, 3-2-1)
Boise State is coming off a 2-1 home win over Louisiana Tech on Sunday, October 29, which clinched a WAC Tournament berth for the Broncos, who hosted the 2005 event. Boise State had managed just one goal during a four-game winless streak prior to the victory over the Lady Techsters, which included a tough 1-0 loss at home to Utah State in double overtime on Friday, October 27. The Broncos’ season schedule includes a narrow 2-1 road loss at then-13th-ranked California on September 22. Boise State is 2-5-1 away from home this season. The Broncos played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Nevada at Mackay Stadium on October 13.
Senior Brennan Lau leads the Broncos with 10 points from three goals and a team-best four assists. Annie Tom and Kristin Hall each have four goals, while Katie Keller has scored three times. Nicole Coleman has produced one goal and three assists. Randi Baker notched the game-winner against Louisiana Tech off a Lau assist in the 39th minute. Kim Parker (1.10 GAA, 57 saves) is the regular goalkeeper for Boise State.
Boise State holds a 3-2-1 advantage over San Jose State in the all-time series, with the teams having met once each season since 2001, the Broncos’ first year as a WAC member. San Jose State won last time at Spartan Stadium in San Jose to open the 2006 WAC season on October 6, 3-0, behind two goals and an assist by Nicole Irwin. Jackie Zabek scored the final goal. Marissa Dayton made two saves in the game to earn her first collegiate shutout. The Spartans have never previously played Boise State in a WAC Tournament game.
Steve Lucas is 53-64-12 in his seventh year as the Bronco head coach.
The Western Athletic Conference will be streaming live video of all five games of the 2006 WAC Tournament, for a fee, via WAC.tv and the WAC’s website at www.wacsports.com. Links to the streams will be made active prior to each game. Live stats for all five contests are available for free at www.nevadawolfpack.com. Fans can also go to www.sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page.
2006 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nev. (All times Pacific)
Thursday, November 2
Match 1 - No. 4 San Jose State vs. No. 5 Boise State, 3:00 p.m.
Match 2 - No. 3 Nevada vs. No. 6 Hawai’i, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3
Match 3 - No. 1 Fresno State vs. Winner of Match 1, 3:00 p.m.
Match 4 - No. 2 Utah State vs. Winner of Match 2, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 5
Match 5 - Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 1:00 p.m.