2005 WAC TOURNAMENT Seedings for the WAC Tournament came down to the final weekend, but the field is set. Six of the eight teams advance to this year's tournament in Boise, Idaho. Hawai'i claimed the top seed with a 5-2 record, registering 15 points. San Jose State and Nevada used the final WAC tie break which is a draw. The Spartans won the draw along with the No. 2 seed. Nevada, which is in the midst of its best season in program history will be the third seed. Fresno State and Utah State, despite earning 13 points along with San Jose State and Nevada, also needed a draw to deterimine their seeds. Utah State won the draw and will be the fourth seed, with the Bulldogs earning No. 5. Host Boise State is the six seed. Utah State and Fresno State get the tournament started, playing at 12:00 p.m., Nov. 3 in the first round. Nevada and Boise State face off at 2:30 p.m. The winner of each match takes on Hawai'i and San Jose State, respectively.
PREVIEWING THE TOURNAMENT With four teams finishing tied for second with a 4-2-1 record, the 2005 WAC Tournament promises to be exciting.
First Round - November 3
(4) Fresno State vs. (5) Utah State; 12:00 p.m.
Fresno State and Utah State played to a, 0-0, draw earlier in the season, but both finished the year on winning notes. The Bulldogs knocked off the regular season champion, Hawai'i, 1-0, in the final match of the year. The Bulldogs are led by Kortney Lewis who posted five goals and five assists for the 15 points. Goalkeeper Angie Larsen leads the WAC with a 0.67 goals against average. Utah State, in its first year in the WAC in appearing in its first ever postseason tournament. The Aggies, led by Charity Weston, posted a 4-2-1 mark in league play good for a second-place tie. Weston is fifth in the league in scoring, posting seven goals and four assists for 18 points.
First Round - November 3
(3) Nevada vs. (6) Boise State; 2:30 p.m.
Nevada, led by second-year head coach Terri Patraw is in the midst of its best season ever. The Wolf Pack's 10-6-2 record is tops in the WAC, while their four wins in the WAC this year are double what they have had in their four previous years total. Nevada is led by Freshman of the Year candidate, Miranda Montejo. Montejo is second in the WAC in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Megan Tarpenning, who is second all-time in the WAC in saves, posted five shutouts this year to rank second in the conference.
Semifinals - November 4
(1) Hawai'i; 12:00 p.m.
Hawai'i won its second WAC title, but the 2005 edition is its first out right. The Wahine tied with SMU in 2003. Led by head coach Pinsoom Tenzing, Hawai'i captured its 100th win in program history with a, 2-0, win over San Jose State. Preseason Player of the Year Natasha Kai lived up to her billing, despite missing a WAC match due to injury. In conference play, Kai broke her own WAC record of shots, firing 58 on goal this season. The senior also led the WAC in scoring with eight goals and two asssists for 18 points. The Wahine defense was anchored by the play of freshman goalkeeper Kori Lu who posted a 0.25 goals against average in WAC matches.
(2) San Jose State; 2:30 p.m.
San Jose State used the luck of the draw to grab the tournament's No. 2 seed. The Spartans, who had the league's toughest non-conference schedule, return to the WAC Tournament for the first time since it was crowned tournament champions in 2000. The Spartans are unbeaten in six of their last seven matches. Freshman Liz Behlen leads the offensive attack as she has eight goals on the season. As a team, San Jose State is second in conference play in shots with 136 and goals with 16.
HAWAI'I CLAIMS SECOND WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE A school-record 3,175 fans came to watch Hawai'i wins its second WAC regular-season title. The match was the final final home appearance for five seniors, including WAC all-time leading scorer Natasha Kai. Hawai'i posted a 5-2 mark in WAC play, earning 15 points for the crown. The title was its first since going 7-1 in 2001 and tying with SMU. It is the first outright title for the Wahine.
XBOX LIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hawai'i forward Natasha Kai and Utah State defender Liz Masson have been named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference women?™s soccer offensive and defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Kai, a senior from Kahuku, Oaho, recorded her first hat trick of the year, only the second in the WAC this year, scoring all three goals in the, 3-0, win over Nevada to clinch the regular-season title for the Wahine. Over the weekend, Kai tallied 14 shots, giving her 58 for the season, breaking her own record of 49 set last season.
Masson, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah, led Utah State to a pair of shutout victories against Boise State (4-0) and Idaho (2-0). The Aggie backline allowed just four shots against Boise State and six against Idaho. Masson was also a presence on offense, tallying her second career assist against the Broncos on Friday and her first career goal against the Vandals on Sunday. For the week, Utah State out-shot its opponents 49-10.
Other offensive nominees included: Kristin Hall, Boise State; Samantha Miller, Nevada; Nicole Irwin, San Jose State and Abby Hunt, Utah State.
Other defensive nominees included: Kim Parker, Boise State; Angie Larsen, Fresno State and Jackie Cruz, San Jose State.
POINTING TO BOISE The WAC Tournament field is based on points this season, with the top six teams advancing to Boas Soccer Complex and Boise, Idaho. Each team received three points for a win and one point for a tie. The following are the final point totals for 2005.
^Fresno State, 13
^San Jose State, 13
^Utah State, 13
^Boise State, 12
Louisiana Tech, 0
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WAC-SEASON RECORDS IN 2005 Hawai'i forward Natasha Kai continues to fill the WAC record books with her name. In just six matches, Kai posted 58 shots to better her record of 49 last season. The senior also set a WAC single-match record in shots with 16 against Louisiana Tech. She topped Sherry Dick's 1996 mark of 13. Louisiana Tech's Chrissy Haisler nearly topped the saves mark, stopping 62 shots, three shy of the WAC-play record.
HAWAI'I, TENZING REACH 100 WINS Hawai'i head coach Pinsoom Tenzing and the Hawai'i soccer progam, reached their 100th career win with a, 2-0, win over San Jose State. Tenzing, who is in his 12th year at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine, owns a career record of 101-108-18 (.485). He is the only coach in program history.
NEVADA CONTINUES RECORD FOR WINS In just its second season under head coach Terri Patraw, Nevada has set a new single-season record for wins. The Wolf Pack has tallied 10 wins, topping the mark of four set three previous times. Nevada also tallied four WAC wins, setting a new season record. It had only posted two WAC wins total coming into 2005. Nevada has reached the WAC Tournament for its first time in school history.
KAI RUNNING AWAY WITH WAC?™S CAREER SHOTS Hawai'i senior forward Natasha Kai, became the new WAC career leader for shots, with six against Robert Morris on Sept. 25, giving her 369. She passed BYU?™s Shauna Rohbuck who posted 368 from 1995-98. Kai continues her pace, firing 110 this season, moving her career total to 438. Against Louisiana Tech, Kai had 16 shots, setting a new WAC-match record. She passes TCU's Sherry Dick.
TARPENNING MOVING UP SAVES LISTS Nevada senior goalkeeper Megan Tarpenning has posted 57 saves in 18 matches this year, moving her into third on the WAC's all-time list with 400. She is six short of second, held by Jennifer Johnstone of Fresno State.
KAI MOVING UP RECORD LISTS Kai has posted 14 goals this season, moving her career total to 71 which is good for second and is 24 behind Shauna Rohbuck of SMU for first. At 160 career points, Kai passes SMU's Kim Harvey who was second with 156.
TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE To determine championship seeding in the event of ties between two teams or ties among multiple teams, the following criteria are applied:
In the event of a two-way tie:
1. Head-to-head competition
2. Compare the teams?™ records to that of the next highest finishing team (if tie for first). If tie is for position other than first, comparisn will begin at the top of the standings.
3. In the unlikely event that teams are still tied, the conference conducts a draw.
For a three or more-way tie:
1. Head-to-head competition among the teams involved in the tie. The team(s) with the best record against the other teams receives the higher seed or advances to the next tie-breaker.
2. Same procedures as above.
NCAA OPPONENTS Of the 95 non-conference matchups, 17 are against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last year and six are at WAC home sites. Seven teams in the WAC play at least one non-conference opponent that competed in the NCAA Tournament last year while Boise State, Fresno State, San Jose State and Utah State are playing a WAC-high three NCAA opponents. Hawai'i and Idaho are playing two, while Nevada is playing one.
UNLV def. Nevada, 5-0
Utah def. Boise State, 3-0
Pepperdine def. Hawai'i, 2-0
UNLV def. Utah State, 2-1
Utah def. Idaho, 4-1
Stanford def. San Jose State, 5-0
Bowling Green def. Boise State, 1-0
Cal Poly def. San Jose State, 4-1
Hawai'i tied Weber State, 0-0 (2OT)
Cal Poly def. Fresno State, 3-0
Weber State def. Idaho, 2-1
Fresno State def. UNLV, 1-0
Utah def. Utah State, 3-0
Santa Clara def. San Jose State, 2-1
Texas A&M def. Boise State, 2-0
Weber State def. Utah State, 1-0
Santa Clara def. Fresno State, 2-0
COLLEGE CUP The 24th Annual Women's College Cup will be held December 2-4 at the Aggie Soccer Complex in College Station, Texas. Last season, the WAC had two teams compete in postseason play, with Rice and SMU both falling in the first round. Visit ncaasports.com/soccer/womens/schedules/divi for more information.
ESPNNEWS TO ANNOUNCE COLLGE CUP BRACKET The 64-team Women's College Cup bracket will be announced on ESPNews on Monday, Nov. 7 between 5-5:30 p.m. (ET). ESPNews can be found on DirecTV at channel 207, Dish Network at channel 142, or check your local cable listings. In addition, some cable systems carry the ESPNews signal. The bracket will be available at www.ncaasports.com and wacsports.com.
Boise State Broncos (9-6-2, 4-3 WAC)
Boise State is in its first WAC Tournament since its first year in the league in 2001 ... with a 4-3 conference mark, the Broncos are the tournament's sixth seed .... the Broncos suffered a, 7-0, loss to Hawai'i in its only tournament match ... Boise State has been in six overtime matches this season, including three in WAC play ... the Broncos face off with three-seed Nevada, a team they knocked off in double-overtime earlier in the year ... the Boise State offense is led by Nicole Coleman who has 15 points on five goals and five assists.
Fresno State Bulldogs (7-9-2, 4-2-1 WAC)
Fresno State used a draw conducted by the conference office to break a four-way tie for second place ... when it was all said and done, Fresno State had been assigned the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed Utah State when the WAC Tournament quarterfinal play begins Thursday ... Fresno State, which has qualified for the WAC Tournament 11-straight seasons, holds a 6-10 mark in conference postseason play ... the Bulldogs have never claimed the championship in their brief 11-year history and have never won more than one game in the tournament ... last year, No. 6 seed Fresno State suffered a, 3-2, overtime loss to No. 3 seed UTEP in Honolulu.
Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (9-8-2, 5-2 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine seek their first WAC Tournament title and the automatic NCAA bid when they travel to Boise, Idaho ... the Rainbow Wahine, who captured their second WAC regular-season championship and first outright title, receive a first-round bye as the top seed and will play against the winner of Fresno State-Utah State ... this is the fifth- straight year Hawai'i has qualified for the WAC Tournament and the first time it has been the top seed ... the Rainbow Wahine have made an early exit from the tournament in each of the last three seasons...after winning two matches and advancing to the 2001 WAC Finals, UH has been eliminated after its first match three straight years.
Idaho Vandals (3-16, 1-6 WAC)
Idaho split on its final weekend of WAC play, finishing seventh in its first year in the WAC ... goalkeeper Lindsay Smith registered 33 and finished second in the WAC play with 4.71 saves per match ... first-year head coach Peter Showler used the offensive leadership of Jenny Springer who had four goals for eight points to lead the Vandals.
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (7-10, 0-7 WAC)
Louisiana Tech was winless its first season in the WAC ... goalkeeper Chrissy Haisler was the saves short of a WAC record, stopping 62 balls this year ... after a good start, winning seven of nine to enter conference play, the Lady Techsters found out how tough WAC soccer can be ... the Techsters, a team which was among the top offesnes in the country, sported only three non-freshman on their roster ... with its talent on the horizon, Louisiana Tech looks to a better 2006.
Nevada Wolf Pack (10-6-2, 4-2-1 WAC)
Nevada will take on Boise State in the first round of the WAC Tournament ... after finishing in a tie for second in the regular-season WAC standings, Nevada received the third seed in the tournament after losing a draw by conference administrators ... Nevada will take on sixth-seeded tournament host Boise State ... it will mark the first ever WAC Tournament appearance for the Wolf Pack, who are under the direction of second-year head coach Terri Patraw ... with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 4-2-1 WAC mark, Nevada has already turned in the finest season in school history, setting team records for wins and conference victories.
San Jose State Spartans (5-11-3, 4-2-1 WAC)
San Jose State will be making its first appearance at the WAC Tournament since 2000, when it won three games in four days in Fresno, Calif., to earn its only league title, and their sixth appearance overall ... of the potential semifinal opponents, San Jose State tied Nevada at home, 4-4, and lost a tough, 2-1 decision at Boise State, so far this season ... the Spartans?™ four WAC wins are the most in school history ... led by head coach Dave Siracusa, San Jose State used a tough pre-season schedule to prepare for conference play.
Utah State State Aggies (6-9-4, 4-2-1 WAC)
Utah State, in its first year in the WAC, is playing in its first-ever postseason tournament ... led by junior Charity Weston, the Aggies finished tied for second, but by virture of a draw, are the tournament?™s four seed ... in first-round action, Utah State takes on Fresno State ... the two teams tied earlier in the year, 0-0 ... the second-place finish is the highest in conference play for the Aggies.