Boise, Idaho - Jackie Zabek of the San Jose State University women’s soccer team was recognized on Wednesday, November 7, as an All-Western Athletic Conference honoree.
Zabek, a senior midfielder out of Laguna Niguel, Calif., was selected by the league's eight head coaches to the 11-player All-WAC second team.
The All-WAC first and second teams were revealed at a banquet at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel on the eve of the start to the 2007 WAC Tournament, to be held at the Boas Tennis & Soccer Complex on the campus of Boise State University.
It is the first all-conference honor for Zabek, who made the WAC All-Tournament Team in 2005, the last time the event was held in Boise, leading the Spartans to the championship game.
“It’s nice, but we have other players on this team that were also deserving,” said Zabek. “I’ve just been trying as hard as I can to help us get to the WAC Tournament and then the NCAA Championship beyond that, because I haven’t been (to an NCAA Championship) in my career.”
Added Zabek about the stability and consistency she has provided the program since she came to San Jose State in 2004, having not missed a single game, “I’ve wanted to be there for my teammates and give everything I could give to my team.”
Zabek scored in each of the first two games of the 2007 season, and is tied for second on the team with five total points from the two goals and one assist, and also second on the team in shots with 38. She has made 81 appearances in a Spartan uniform, tying her for third all-time in career games played at the school with senior teammate and fellow team tri-captain Kristin Krale, along with two others. She has started 66 of those games, including the last 37 in a row.
“Finally, Jackie has been recognized by the league,” said her coach, Dave Siracusa. “She has been on every (opponent’s) scouting report for four years. She wins every ball in the air. She is as clean a technical player as we have on our team, with the ball on the ground. She played in every game of her career, and I’m really happy for her.
“She is the kind of player that would rather win (a game) than win an award, and that means a lot to her team. I’m glad that she’s been recognized.”
The 27-person San Jose State travel party, including 22 players and three coaches, arrived in Boise at around 11:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday afternoon to sunny skies and a warmer-than-expected temperature. Following lunch and the one-hour practice time allotted to each participant on the competition field, the team rested at its hotel leading up to the evening banquet.
The fifth-seeded Spartans (4-14-2) will take on the fourth-seeded Aggies of Utah State University (9-10) in the tournament’s opening game beginning at 12:30 p.m. MST (11:30 a.m. PST) on Thursday, November 8, at the Boas Soccer Complex. Live streaming video will be available for a five-game tournament one-time fee of $9.95, through WAC.tv. Live stats will also be available free of charge through both SJSUSpartans.com and broncosports.com.