WAC Champions Have Bye Into Conference Semifinal

November 3, 2010

Women's Soccer Preview:
San Jose State (11-7-1, 5-2-1 WAC) earned the top seed and a subsequent first-round bye in the 2010 Western Athletic Soccer Tournament in Ruston, La. Number-one seeded San Jose State will play the winner of #4 Louisiana Tech vs. #5 Boise State, on Friday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m CT.

Live Coverage:
The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream all of the matches of the 2010 WAC Soccer Tournament. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

The soccer tournament will be held in Ruston, Louisiana, November 4-5, and 7, and will feature the top six teams in the WAC. Two first-round matches will be played on Thursday, November 4 with the winners moving on to face the top two seeds in the semifinals the next day. The championship will be played at 1:00 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, November 7.

All five matches can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament package for a one-time price of $10.95. More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.

#1 San Jose State vs. #5 Boise State:  (BSU Leads Series, 7-3-2)
Boise State Broncos (7-9-3, 4-2-2 WAC) went 0-1-1 last week.  The team tied Fresno State at home, 2-2, in double overtime on Thursday, October 28.  The Broncos then dropped a 3-0 decision at San Jose State on Sunday, October 31, to conclude regular season play.  Shannon Saxton and Kati Lucas each scored in the final seven minutes of regulation to help Boise State earn a 2-2 draw with Fresno State.  Boise State, the reigning WAC tournament champion, will have the fifth seed and will take on tournament-host Louisiana Tech in Match 2 on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

#1 San Jose State vs. #4 Louisiana Tech: (SJSU Leads Series, 4-1-1)
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (15-5-0, 5-3-0 WAC) went 1-0 on the week with a 2-0 win at New Mexico State on Friday, October 29.  The win was Tech's 15th of the season and fifth in the WAC, both school records.  The goals were scored by Rachel King, her 13th and Kiva Gresham, her 12th.  Fourth seeded Lady Techsters, face #5 Boise State on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT in Match 2.

Last Week's Results:
San Jose State went 1-1 last week with a 2-1 loss at Idaho and a 3-0 victory at home to Boise State.  On Thursday, October 28, the Spartans surrendered a late penalty-kick goal in the second half falling 2-1 at Idaho.  Senior Stephanie Righetti scored the lone goal for the Spartans and her first-career goal.  On Sunday, October 31, Katie Knopp, Stephanie Righetti, Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, and Kim Johnston were honored on Senior Day, as the Spartans shut-out Boise State 3-0 at home.  Goals from Sara Fraser and Katie Knopp, along with an own-goal, propelled San Jose State to win the regular-season Western Athletic Conference title. 

Words From Head Coach:
"There are going to be six great teams in Louisiana that can win this tournament, but it's great to be the number one seed," stated head coach Jeff Leightman.  "We get a bye, and not having to play three games in four days is big.  We have to win Friday in order to play on Sunday.  We realize this was one of our goals, the more important goal is on Sunday, and winning the conference tournament trophy."

Back-To-Back Regular Season WAC Titles:
Head coach Jeff Leightman, in just his third year in charge at San Jose State, has led an incredible turnaround, clinching the program's second regular-season conference title, in back-to-back seasons. San Jose State joined the WAC in 1996.

Conference Rankings:
San Jose State's offense was ranked among the top in the Western Athletic Conference-only matches, in the week ending November 1.  SJSU, for the third consecutive week, leads the conference in assists per game (3.00).  In back-to-back weeks the Spartans lead in total assists (24), points (66), goals (21) and goals per game (2.62). 

Individual Statistics:
In WAC-only matches ending November 1, forward Kelsey Lord led the conference in assists (8) and assists per game (1.00).   Midfielder Kayla Santacruz also ranked among the top in the WAC individual statistics, placing first in points (19), points per game (2.38), goals (8) and goals per game (1.00).  Lord grabbed second best only to Santacruz in points per game (2.00) and forward Katie Knopp followed Lord, placing second in assists (5) and assists per game (0.71).  Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald led the conference with 43 total saves.

2010 Tournament Bracket Set:
The 2010 WAC Soccer Tournament bracket has been finalized. San Jose State and Utah State received first round byes with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively.  Idaho earned the No. 3 seed, followed by Louisiana Tech with the No. 4 seed. Boise State holds the fifth seed and Fresno State the sixth seed.

WAC Tournament History:
San Jose State is making its 11th Western Athletic Conference Tournament appearance, and sixth in a row. Its lone tournament title came in the 2000 season, when the team topped UTEP (2-0), SMU (4-2) and Tulsa (3-1) in Fresno, Calif., to earn its first and only NCAA Championship berth. The Spartans are 7-9-1 all-time at the conference event, with 19 goals scored and 21 against. Their last win came when they had earned a first-round bye, as the No. 2 seed against fifth-seeded Nevada, 2-0, in a 2005 semifinal in Boise, Idaho. San Jose State has since gone 0-5-1 in WAC tourneys. Of this year's participants, the Spartans are 3-2 in regular season play, beating Fresno State, Boise State and Utah State, and losing to Idaho and Louisiana Tech.  Fifth-seeded Boise State is the defending WAC Tournament champion.