FRESNO, Calif. (November 2) - For the fourth time in five years, the San Jose State University women's soccer team won their first game at the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
The Spartans scored twice in the first half and made it stand in a 2-0 victory over UTEP Thursday night at Fresno State's Bulldog Stadium.
"The bottom line was our seniors did not want this to be their last game," said SJSU interim head coach Tamie Grimes. "All-around we played well as a team. We could've scored more goals. We had a lot of scoring chances."
San Jose State, now 8-12-1 overall, will meet #1 seed SMU Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the semifinals. The winner of Friday's contest advances to the championship game, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Fresno State, which defeated TCU 3-1 in the other first-round game, plays #2 seed Tulsa in the other Friday semifinal.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead just 4:02 into the first half on a goal by Jackie Ostdiek. Ostdiek scored on a header following a corner kick Brandy Apodaca. Apodaca passed the ball to Kristina Jacob, who dribbled the ball about 10 yards before crossing the ball to the far post, where Ostdiek was positioned for the header. The goal was Ostdiek's second of the season, while Jacob was credited with her second assist of the year.
Apodaca gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead at the 34:04 mark. After gaining possession of the ball, Apodaca beat a UTEP player to the inside. Her shot from about 15 yards out found the upper right corner of the net.
Spartan goalkeeper Eryn Meyer recorded her second solo shutout of the season. Meyer had five saves in the game. San Jose State outshot the Miners 18-8.
UTEP 0 0 -- 0 SJSU 2 0 -- 2 SJSU - Jackie Ostdiek (Kristina Jacob), 4:02. SJSU - Brandy Apodaca (Jolene Keel), 34:04. Shots - UTEP 8, SJSU 18. Saves - UTEP 10 (Kathryn Gilmore 10), SJSU 5 (Eryn Meyer 5). Fouls - UTEP 14, SJSU 15. Attendance - 60 (est.).