Boise, Idaho - The San Jose State University women's soccer team (5-11-3) will meet the University of Nevada (11-6-2) for the second time in six days in a Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal on Friday, November 4, at 1:30 p.m. PST at the Boas Soccer Complex.
The tournament, hosted by Boise State University, began on Thursday, November 3, with a pair of first-round games. Fifth-seeded Fresno State edged No. 4 seed Utah State, 2-1, in the opener on a late goal, while the Wolf Pack of Nevada posted a comfortable 3-0 shutout over the host Broncos in the nightcap, to earn the right to face the second-seeded Spartans in Friday's late semfinal. Fresno State will meet top seed and regular-season WAC champion Hawai'i to start things off at 11:00 a.m. PST.
Friday's semifinal winners will battle it out in the championship match on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. PST, with the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament on the line.
San Jose State closed the 2005 regular season last Sunday, October 30, against Nevada, taking leads of 3-0 and 4-3 before settling for a 4-4 double-overtime tie inside Spartan Stadium on Senior Day. Liz Behlen, named the WAC "Freshman of the Year" on Wednesday, scored two of the four SJSU goals. The Spartans lead the all-time series with Nevada 4-1-1. The Wolf Pack's first-round win over Boise State came in their first-ever postseason appearance.
"I feel like we have some unfinished business with them (Nevada), after tying them 4-4 on Senior Day," remarked San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. "In a sense, this will be a continuation of that game, and has a little more meaning. The girls are excited to play, and we are glad to be facing Nevada."
2005 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Boas Soccer Complex, Boise, Idaho
Thursday, November 3
Match 1 (4) Utah State 1, (5) Fresno State 2
Match 2 (3) Nevada 3, (6) Boise State 0
Friday, November 4
Match 3 (1) Hawai’i vs. (5) Fresno State, 12:00 p.m. MST
Match 4 (2) San Jose State vs. (3) Nevada, 2:30 p.m. MST
Saturday, November 5
Championship Match, 11:00 a.m. MST