Ruston, La.---- San Jose State's 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year, Kayla Santacruz, scored her team-leading tenth goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Boise State in the Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament semi-final match. The top-seeded San Jose State women's soccer team moved into the championship match with the win on Friday, November 5.
"The win was a stepping stone and important, but we are here for Sunday," stated head coach Jeff Leightman. "We need to temper our expectations and now our goal is to beat Fresno and win the other trophy. That is the most important thing for us."
San Jose State, the regular-season WAC champion, moves on to face sixth-seeded Fresno State (9-8-4, 3-3-2 WAC) in the championship match on Sunday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. CT. Fresno State increased its unbeaten streak to seven games after beating Idaho, 3-0, in the first round of the tournament and Utah State, 1-0, in the semifinals.In its 11th WAC Tournament appearance, and sixth in a row, San Jose State will appear in its third championship match since the program joined the WAC in 1996. The Spartans 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.
San Jose State outshot Boise State 17-10, with 11 shots coming from the first half.
Both Spartan goals came in the first half of play. Freshman midfielder Kayla Santacruz gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead by taking a pass from freshman Megan Molina and winning a one-on-one situation with a Bronco defender near the box, putting the ball through in 23rd minute.
Before the half, senior Stephanie Righetti took a cross from the center and punched it past goalkeeper Liz Ruiz in the 41st minute for her second-career goal. Junior Stephanie Bales was credited with the assist.
Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald tallied her second-straight shutout against the Broncos. Her first shutout (3-0) against the Broncos came last week on October 31, at Spartan Stadium.
"This match was a tough battle," noted coach Leightman. "We set a good tempo in the game in the first half. We had two great goals and really buckled down after that. We came together as a group and everyone contributed. I’m so proud of them. They really are like a family. We couldn’t be where we are today without everyone’s contributions."
The WAC Championship match on Sunday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. CT, can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament live-video stream. More information and how to subscribe can be found at www.WAC.tv.
Score by Periods:
Boise State (7-10-3, 4-3-2 WC) 0 0 0
San Jose State (12-7-1, 6-2-1 WAC) 2 0 2
San Jose State: Kayla Santacruz (Megan Molina), 22:41
San Jose State: Stephanie Righetti (Stephanie Bales), 41:26
San Jose State: 17
Boise State: 10
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU): 5
Liz Ruiz (BSU): 7
San Jose State: 1
Boise State: 5
San Jose State: 13
Boise State: 13