The San José State women’s soccer team was knocked out of the MW Tournament, but the season did not come to an end. The Spartans have gone from Las Vegas to Starkville, Miss., where they will take on Mississippi State on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (CT).
The Bulldogs and Spartans both had to cancel one match during the regular season, allowing them to schedule Saturday's contest.
Mississippi State enters the match with an RPI of 42 according to the Nov. 2 release by the NCAA. San José State stands at 59. The two teams will battle with hope that a win will be enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, comprised of the country’s top-64 teams.
There will not be any video streaming of Saturday’s match. However, fans can follow along with live statistics via hailstate.com.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) member Mississippi State has never reached the NCAA Tournament in its 22-year program history. The Bulldogs finished the regular season 8-5-4 overall and 1-3-1 in the final five matches of the regular season. Unlike the Mountain West, the SEC does not have a conference tournament at the end of the regular season.
Despite the heartbreak of Thursday’s result in penalty kicks, San José State enters Saturday’s match on an eight-match unbeaten streak. The Spartans are 6-0-2 during that stretch.