THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HEAD TO WAC TOURNAMENT
The San Jose State University women's soccer team will fly to Boise, Idaho, early on the morning of Wednesday, November 7, to compete at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex on the campus of Boise State University.
The Spartans concluded the regular season at 4-14-2 overall and 2-5 in league play on Sunday, November 4, on Senior Day at Spartan Stadium against Boise State. Eight seniors were recognized prior to the match. San Jose State began the contest already assured of a third straight WAC Tournament berth by virtue of Nevada’s 3-1 home loss to Fresno State earlier in the day.
Tied at six points apiece but holding a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over Nevada thanks to a 2-1 victory at Spartan Field back on October 14, the Spartans have the fifth seed while the Wolf Pack are seeded sixth. San Jose State will take on fourth-seeded Utah State in the first of two quarterfinal matches on Thursday, November 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.
Hawai’i locked up the regular-season title, top seed and quarterfinal bye with a 7-0 thrashing of Idaho at home late Sunday. The second seed and other Thursday bye was determined by a draw during a conference call on Monday morning. Tournament host Boise State won the draw over Fresno State. The draw was necessary because the two teams were equal on 16 points and tied in their lone meeting during the season, with all other tiebreakers also being equal. As the third seed, Fresno State will face Nevada at 2:00 p.m. Pacific on Thursday.
at 2007 WAC TOURNAMENT
BOAS SOCCER COMPLEX, BOISE, IDAHO
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
vs. NO. 4 UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (9-10, 5-2 WAC)
BOAS SOCCER COMPLEX, BOISE, IDAHO
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 12:30 P.M. MST
NO. 5 SAN JOSE STATE (4-14-2) vs. NO. 4 UTAH STATE (9-10)
(Series Even, 1-1-1)
Utah State heads into the 2007 WAC Tournament on a roll. The Aggies are winners of three straight, all at home, with 17 goals scored in those three contests. The stretch began with a 3-2 win over regular-season champion Hawai’i on October 26, the Rainbow Wahine’s lone league blemish, a 4-0 shutout of the Spartans on October 28, and a 10-1 mauling of Louisiana Tech on Senior Day last Saturday, November 3. Four different players scored against San Jose State, with two goals coming in each half. Leading scorer Lauren Hansen, a freshman, had one of them, adding a three-goal hat trick within a span of 15:10 during the first half against Louisiana Tech, to increase her season total to nine.
Seniors Dana Peart and Abby Hunt have five goals apiece, including two game-winners each. Sophomore Sydne Porter leads with five assists. Candice Clark and sophomore Lindsey Smart, the preseason WAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, have four assists apiece. Junior Ali Griffin (1.17 GAA, 65 saves, six shutouts) has seen a bulk of the minutes in the Aggie goal.
San Jose State is 1-1-1 against Utah State all-time, including the 4-0 loss in Logan, Utah, on October 28. The teams have never met in WAC Tournament play. San Jose State won 4-2 at Spartan Stadium on October 14, 2005, and played to a scoreless draw through two overtime periods in Logan, Utah, a year ago on October 13, 2006. Liz Behlen scored two of the four Spartan goals in the 2005 meeting, with Kristin Krale also notching a goal as SJSU got out to a 3-0 lead after 50 minutes and cruised. Utah State is led by fifth-year head coach Heather Cairns, now with a record of 42-45-9.
WAC TO STREAM SOCCER TOURNAMENT
The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its website partner, JumpTV Sports, has announced it will stream all of the matches of the 2007 WAC Soccer Tournament. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. All five matches can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament package for a one-time price of $9.95. The championship game will be played at 1:00 p.m. MST on Sunday, November 11. More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
Live stats for the games that San Jose State plays at the 2007 WAC Tournament will be available free of charge at sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page.
WAC TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
The 2007 Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament will be held at Boise State’s Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex for the second time in three years. The facility last hosted the league’s championship event in the fall of 2005. The top six of eight teams in the regular-season standings advanced to the tournament. At stake is the WAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. This year’s tournament will take place from November 8-11, with the championship match being played at 1:00 p.m. MST on Sunday, November 11.
2007 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Boas Soccer Complex, Boise, Idaho (All times Mountain)
Thursday, November 8
Match 1 - No. 4 Utah St. vs. No. 5 San Jose State, 12:30 p.m.
Match 2 - No. 3 Fresno State vs. No. 6 Nevada, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9
Match 3 - No. 1 Hawai’i vs. Winner of Match 1, 12:30 p.m.
Match 4 - No. 2 Boise State vs. Winner of Match 2, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 11
Match 5 - Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 1:00 p.m.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR 2007 WAC TOURNAMENT
Tickets for the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament went on sale to the public on Monday, October 1. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boise State Athletics Ticket Office at (208) 426-4737, or on-line at www.idahotickets.com. Tickets can be purchased as either an all-session pass or as single-session tickets. Prices for all-session passes are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children (5-12). Prices for single-session tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children (5-12). All seats are general admission. Parking is included.
WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Spartans are 7-6-1 in seven previous appearances at the WAC Tournament, including their lone conference title in 2000 in Fresno, Calif. They advanced to the championship game the last time the event was held in Boise, in 2005, narrowly getting edged by Fresno State, 1-0, following a first-round bye and 2-0 semifinal triumph over Nevada. Last season at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev., the Spartans advanced to the semifinal round past Boise State via a penalty-kick tiebreaker after a scoreless 110 minutes of soccer, but suffered another close 1-0 defeat to Fresno State, this time with just eight seconds left in the second overtime period.
ABOUT NO. 1 HAWAI’I (13-4-2) (UH Leads Series, 7-5-1)
Hawai’i earned its third WAC regular-season title with a 7-0 victory over Idaho in Honolulu on Sunday night. That followed a 5-0 shutout of Boise State two days before, as the Rainbow Wahine finished 11-0-1 at home this season. Two-time WAC Offensive Player of the Week Ambree Ako and Taryn Fukuroku have 12 goals apiece to lead UH. Each had a pair of strikes against Idaho, while Kelli-Anne Chang accounted for the other three goals. Kori Lu (0.99 GAA, 45 saves, 3 shutouts) and Nicole McClure (1.12 GAA, 11 saves, 2 shutouts) have each seen time in goal.
ABOUT NO. 2 BOISE STATE (9-6-3) (BSU Leads Series, 4-2-2)
Boise State is hosting its second WAC Tournament in three years. The Broncos will be coming off a 2-0 win at San Jose State on Sunday, November 4, with freshman phenom Shannon Saxton accounting for both goals in increasing her league-leading totals to 17 goals and 39 points.
ABOUT NO. 3 FRESNO STATE (11-6-1) (FS Leads Series, 10-4-1)
Fresno State has won three straight and is undefeated in its last six games. Freshman goalkeeper Kaity Revel earned her second WAC Defensive Player of the Week award in a row following her league-leading eighth shutout. Nicole Gutierrez and Amanda Reyes have 10 and nine goals, respectively.
ABOUT NO. 6 NEVADA (6-10-1) (SJSU Leads Series, 6-2-1)
Nevada lost 3-1 at Fresno State to close out the regular season last Sunday, November 4. Karen Zmirak and Cristen Drummond have five goals apiece to lead the Wolf Pack, the defending WAC Tournament champions and preseason league favorites.