Utah State Soccer Faces Fifth-Seeded San Jose State On Thursday In the WAC Tournament
Nov. 5, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's soccer team enters the Western Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will play the opening day match against the No. 5 seed San Jose State on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at the BSU soccer complex in Boise, Idaho. Also playng on Thursday at 3 p.m. is the third-seeded Fresno State facing the sixth-seeded Nevada.
The No. 1 seed Hawai'i will match up with the winner of the Utah State vs. San Jose State match at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, while the No. 2 seed Boise State will face off between the winner of Fresno State vs. Nevada at 3 p.m. on Friday.
USU is 1-1-1 all-time against the Spartans, which includes a 4-0 win in Logan earlier this year. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams in tournament play.
This is the third year in a row that Utah State has played in the postseason, falling 2-0 to Nevada in the semifinals of last year's WAC Tournament, as Nevada went on to win the WAC Championship, earning the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. It was the second year in a row that Utah State had been eliminated by the eventual tournament champion. In 2005, the Aggies fell to Fresno State who went on to claim the title.
The Aggies take a 9-10 record and a 5-2 conference mark into the WAC Tournament, after defeating Louisiana Tech, 10-1, on Saturday afternoon.
Offensively, the Aggies rank third in the WAC statistics in goals (36, 1.89 per game), third in points (101, 5.32 pg) and fourth in assists (29 1.53 pg). Defensively, Utah State is third in both goals allowed (25, 1.32 pg) and goals against average (1.30), as well as tied for third in shutouts (6) and fifth in saves (72, 3.79 pg).
Freshman forward Lauren Hansen leads Utah State and is tied for fifth in the WAC with nine goals. With 18 points, Hansen leads the Aggies and ranks sixth in the league. Hansen tied the record for most goals scored in a match as she had a hat trick against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Senior forward Dana Peart is second on the team with 13 points as she has five goals and three assists. Peart ranks seventh in the WAC in shots (46) and is tied for 10th in the league in points.
Between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Ali Griffin has tallied 65 saves on the year, including a season-high eight in the loss against Oregon. Griffin has a 1.17 goals against average and a .765 save percentage along with six shutouts. Griffin is tied for second in the WAC in shutouts. She is also third in the league in goals against average and save percentage and fourth in the league in saves.
San Jose State concluded the regular season at 4-14-2 overall and 2-5 in league play on Sunday, November 4 after falling to Boise State 2-0.
Offensively, the Spartans are tied for sixth in the WAC statistics in goals (15, 0.75 per game), sixth in assists (13 0.65 pg) and sixth in points (43, 2.15 pg). Defensively San Jose State is first in saves (124, 6.20 pg), and fourth in goals against average (1.40) as well as fifth in goals allowed (29, 1.45 pg) and is tied for sixth in shutouts (3).
Junior forward Jessica Scott leads San Jose State with six goals and one assist for 13 points on the season. Scott was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 8 after scoring two goals within three minutes to give SJSU the win against UC Irvine. Scott leads the league with 62 shots and is tied for eighth in the conference in goals.