November 8-9, 11, 2007
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Boas Soccer Complex
Nov. 8: #6 Nevada vs. #3 Fresno State, 3 p.m. MT
Nov. 9: #6 Nevada/#3 Fresno State vs. #2 Boise State, 3 p.m. MT
Nov. 11: Championship Match, 1 p.m. MT
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2007 WAC Tournament Bracket
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The University of Nevada soccer team qualified for its third consecutive WAC Tournament appearance over the weekend, claiming the sixth seed in this season’s tournament. Nevada, who won the 2006 WAC Tournament title in Reno, posting a 4-2 shootout victory over Fresno State, will face third-seeded Fresno State on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals. This season’s tournament is hosted by Boise State and will be held at the Boas Soccer Complex November 8-9, 11. Over the last two years, the winner of the WAC Tournament has not received a first-round bye and has played three games to win the title. Fresno State played three games and won the title in Boise, Idaho in 2005 while Nevada played three games and won its first WAC Tournament title in Reno in 2006.
NEVADA ALL-TIME IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT
Nevada did not qualify for the WAC Tournament from 2000-2004, but the Pack has qualified for the last three WAC Tournaments and has never recorded lower than a semifinal finish. Nevada earned a #3 seed in both 2005 and 2006 when the Pack recorded its first-ever tournament title. In 2005, Nevada defeated #6 and host Boise State 3-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to #2 San Jose State 2-0 in the semifinals. Last season, Nevada beat #6 Hawai`i 3-0 in the quarterfinals, downed #2 Utah State in the semifinals, 2-0, and beat #1 Fresno State 4-2 in penalty kicks to win the title. In its two WAC Tournament appearances, Nevada has outscored it opponents 8-2, posted four shutouts and has a .700 (3-1-1) winning percentage.
NEWS AND NOTES
Three players have started every game for Nevada this season, Blaine Dugan, Jessica Thompson and Patrice Godwin...midfielder Jessica Thompson has a current four game streak where she has recorded at least one point per game...Nevada, who has played in five WAC Tournament games in two years, has never faced the same team twice in the WAC Tournament...the Pack has outscored its opponents 28-27 this season.
Junior Jessica Thompson recorded her fifth assist of the season, which equals her career high in a season. She recorded five assists as a freshman in 2005 and recorded five as a sophomore in 2006. After recording just one assist through the first 11 games of the season, Jessica Thompson has recorded four in the last six games. She became Nevada's all-time leader in assists on Oct. 14 with her assist in Nevada's 2-1 loss at San Jose State. The assist against SJSU was the 12th of Thompson's career. Thompson passed Lauren Kinneman (2003-06) who recorded 11 career assists. Thompson tied the all-time record against San Francisco on Sept. 16, added her 13th career assist versus La Tech, recorded her 14th career assist against Idaho and set up Karen Zmirak’s goal versus Fresno State on Nov. 4. This season Thompson also broke into the career top-10 in goals (7) and she moved into sixth all-time in points (29). This season Thompson is tied with Karen Zmirak for most assists on the team.
Karen Zmirak, who scored her fifth goal of the season on Nov. 4 versus Fresno State, leads the team in points with 15. She is also tied for the team lead in goals (5) and assists (5). Zmirak led the team in both points and goals in 2006, recording Nevada single-season records in both goals (11) and points (26). She is second in the career record book in points (41) and is third in goals (16).
MARJANOVIC MAKES A MARK
Earlier this season interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic became the winningest first-year head coach in program history in both overall and conference games. She is the only first-year head coach to record at least one WAC win in her first season. She is also the first head coach to qualify for the WAC Tournament in her first season as a head coach.
The Pack continued its trend of converting on set pieces, scoring its goal against Fresno State on a corner kick, as Karen Zmirak headed in Jessica Thompson’s corner kick. Three of Nevada’s goals at Idaho and Boise State, two at Idaho and one at Boise State, were scored off set pieces. Randee Robinson scored off a corner kick and Miranda Montejo scored on a penalty kick against Idaho, while Jill Erickson headed in Zmirak’s free kick versus Boise State. Two of Nevada’s four goals in the Pack’s 4-1 win over La Tech were scored on set pieces. Erickson scored on a header off Thompson’s corner kick, while Vanessa Mann scored on a direct free kick. To date, 11 of Nevada’s 28 goals this season have either been scored on headers or set pieces. Earlier this season, Cristen Drummond (Sac State), Blaine Dugan (UC Davis) and Zmirak (Sac State) each scored on a header while Montejo (Portland State) and Zmirak (Iowa State) each scored on a set piece.
SENIOR TRIBUTES -- Dugan, Warren, Wilcox
Sunday’s match versus Fresno State marked the last home game for Nevada’s three seniors, Blaine Dugan, Kenishia Warren and Jessica Wilcox. Dugan, a midfielder from Tempe, Ariz., is a two-time team captain (06 and 07) and has recorded 15 career points (5G, 5A), including three goals and one assist this season. She is eighth in the career record book in shots (86) and is 11th in assists (5). Warren, a forward from Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia, transferred to Nevada in 2006. She has recorded 15 career points (5G and 5A) including 1 goal and two assists this season. Wilcox, a defender from Phoenix, Ariz., is a 2007 team captain. She was named the 2007 WAC Preseason Co-Defender of the Year and to the Preseason All-WAC Team. Wilcox, a two-time All-WAC honoree (2nd team in 2005, 1st team in 2006), played in three matches this season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. She has recorded 10 career points (3G, 4A).
SCOUTING THE #3 FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
All-Time Series: Fresno State leads the all-time series 7-1-1.
Last Meeting: Fresno State posted a 3-1 win over Nevada in Reno on Nov. 4, 2007. The Pack and Bulldogs have met once in the WAC Tournament. Nevada and Fresno State recorded a 0-0 2OT tie before the Pack beat the Bulldogs 4-2 in penalty kicks to win the 2006 WAC Tournament Championship in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 5, 2006.
A Look at Fresno State: The Bulldogs (11-6-1, 5-1-1 WAC) earned the #3 seed in the tournament after losing a coin toss to Boise State. Fresno State beat Nevada 3-1 in the Bulldogs final regular-season game on Nov. 3. Offensively, the Dogs are led by Nicole Gutierrez who has recorded 25 points (10G, 5A) and Amanda Reyes (20 points - 9G, 2A). Keeper Kaity Revel has played in 18 matches (1513:01minutes), has a 0.83 GAA and has recorded eight shutouts.
SCOUTING THE #2 BOISE STATE BRONCOS (possible semifinal opponent)
All-Time Series: Boise State leads the all-time series 6-1-1.
Last Meeting: The Broncos posted a 3-2 victory over Nevada in Boise, Idaho on Oct. 28. Nevada and Boise State have met once in the WAC Tournament, with Nevada posting a 3-0 win in the 2005 WAC Tournament.
A Look at Boise State: The Broncos (9-6-3, 5-1-1 WAC) earned the #2 seed in this season’s tournament after winning a coin toss against Fresno State. Boise State is led offensively by Shannon Saxton who leads the team with 35 points (15 G, 5A). Keeper Jennifer Burns has started 12 games this season (1082:20 minutes) and has recorded three shutouts. She has a 1.33 GAA.
SCOUTING THE #4 UTAH STATE AGGIES (possible final opponent)
All-Time Series: The Aggies lead the all-time series 5-3.
Last Meeting: Utah State posted a 2-0 win over Nevada in Reno on Oct. 19. The Pack and Aggies have met once in the WAC Tournament, with Nevada posting a 2-0 win over Utah State in the 2006 WAC Tournament.
A Look at Utah State: The Aggies (9-10, 5-2 WAC) earned the #4 seed and will face #5 San Jose State in the first round. Lauren Hansen (18 points - 9G) and Dana Peart (13 points -5G, 3A) lead the team offensively. Goalkeeper Ali Griffin has played in 18 games (1537:54 minutes), has recorded six shutouts and has a 1.17 GAA.
SCOUTING THE #5 SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (possible final opponent)
All-Time Series: San Jose State leads the all-time series 6-2-1.
Last Meeting: The Spartans beat the Pack 2-1 in San Jose, Calif. on Oct. 14. Nevada and San Jose State have met once in the WAC Tournament with San Jose State beating Nevada 2-0 in the 2005 WAC Tournament.
A Look at San Jose State: The Spartans (4-14-2, 2-5 WAC) earned the #5 seed in this season’s tournament and will face Utah State in the first round. The Spartans are led by Jessica Scott (13 points - 6G, 1A), Jackie Zabek (5 points - 2G, 1A) and Kristin Krale (5 points - 2G, 1A). Keeper Nina Butera has played in 17 matches (1548:23 minutes), has recorded two shutouts and has a 1.22 GAA.
SCOUTING THE #1 HAWAI`I RAINBOW WAHINE (possible final opponent)
All-Time Series: Hawai’i leads the all-time series 7-2.
Last Meeting: The Rainbows beat the Pack 3-0 in Honolulu on Oct. 12. Nevada and Hawai`i have met once during the WAC Tournament, with Nevada posting a 3-0 win in the 2006 WAC Tournament.
A Look at Hawai`i: The Rainbows (13-4-2, 6-1 WAC) won the 2007 WAC regular season title and earned the top seed and a first round bye in this week’s WAC Tournament. Ambree Ako (32 points - 12 G, 8A) and Taryn Fukuorku (31 points - 12G, 7A) lead the team offensively. Keeper Kori Lu has played in 17 matches (1270:00 minutes), has recorded three shutouts and has a 0.99 GAA.
NEVADA IN THE WAC STATS
Karen Zmirak is ninth in shots (40) and eighth in points (15)...Cristen Drummond is tied for 10th in points (13)...Zmirak and Jessica Thompson are tied for sixth in assists (5 each)...Marie Cove is sixth in goals against average (1.51), tied for seventh in saves (48) and tied for fifth in shutouts (3).
*WAC Games Only
Karen Zmirak and Cristen Drummond are tied for 10th in shots (14 each)...Jessica Thompson is tied for eighth in points (8) and is tied for third in assists (4)...Thompson and Jill Erickson are tied for 10th in goals (2 each)...Marie Cove is sixth in goals against average (2.10) and is seventh in saves.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS (0-1)
*Sunday vs. Fresno State
Despite out shooting Fresno State 11-9 in the match, the University of Nevada soccer team fell to the visiting Bulldogs 3-1 Sunday afternoon. Fresno State took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute on a goal by Amanda Reyes. In the 47th minute, Karen Zmirak took a free kick from the left side that Blaine Dugan just missed connecting on with a header. The Dogs increased their lead to 2-0 in the 70th minute on Salvador’s goal. Fresno State scored its third goal of the match on a penalty kick in the 71st minute. Zmirak scored for the Pack in the 88th minute as she headed in her fifth goal of the season off Jessica Thompson's corner kick.
The winner of the WAC Tournament will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament which starts on Nov. 16 and 18 with the First and Second Rounds on campus sites to be determined. The 64-field team, including at large bids, will be announced on Monday, November 12, between 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNews.