2013 Mountain West Women's Soccer Championship Begins Monday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship begins play this afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

The single-elimination tournament, which runs through Saturday, Nov. 9, will feature all seven matches live and for free on the Mountain West Network. Viewers can watch the tournament action at http://www.themw.com/#!watch-live.

Advancing in the tournament will be no easy feat, based on the regular season slate. Fresno State, UNLV and Wyoming all played four overtime matches in Conference play, while New Mexico (three), Boise State (two) and Nevada (two) each played multiple extra sessions as well.

San Diego State, the 2013 regular-season champion and 2012 regular-season and tournament champion, earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament. The Aztecs finished regular-season Conference play with a 9-1 record (11-6-2 overall) to capture the top spot. They had five players earn first team All-Conference accolades, including defender Haley Palmer, a four-time All-Mountain West honoree who was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Fresno State is the No. 2 seed, thanks to a 7-2-1 record in league matches. The Bulldogs (10-7-2 overall) opened MW play 0-2, but won seven of their last eight matches to finish behind the Aztecs. Senior forward Morgan Castain was named the Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Ariana Holmes earned MW Freshman of the Year, and coach Brian Zwaschka was named MW Coach of the Year. Both San Diego State and Fresno State receive byes into Thursday’s semifinal round.

Boise State will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while host New Mexico draws the No. 4 seed. Both the Broncos (6-3-1 MW, 11-6-3 overall) and Lobos (6-3-1 MW, 8-10-2 overall) earned first-round byes and will open postseason play on Tuesday, with Boise State playing in the 4 p.m. MT match and New Mexico in the 7 p.m. MT time slot.

In Monday’s opening round, No. 6 seed UNLV (5-5-0 MW, 10-8-2 overall) plays No. 7 seed Wyoming (4-4-2 MW, 7-10-3 overall) at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT. The Rebels won the regular season matchup 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 27. In the nightcap, No. 5 seed Utah State (5-3-2 MW, 9-6-4 overall) takes on No. 8 seed Nevada (3-6-1 MW, 5-10-4 overall) at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT. The Wolf Pack defeated the Aggies 2-0 in Logan, Utah, on Sept. 27. The UNLV-Wyoming winner will play Boise State in the next round, while either Utah State or Nevada takes on New Mexico.

The 2013 MW Women’s Soccer Tournament concludes on Saturday, Nov. 9 with the championship match, scheduled for a start time of 1 p.m. MT/Noon PT.

2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship

Monday, November 4 - First Round
No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 7 Wyoming, 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT
No. 5 Utah State vs. No. 8 Nevada, 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT

Tuesday, November 5 - Second Round
No. 3 Boise State vs. UNLV/Wyoming winner, 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT
No. 4 New Mexico vs. Utah State/Nevada winner, 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT

Thursday, November 7 - Semifinals
No. 2 Fresno State vs. Second Round Game #1 winner, 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT
No. 1 San Diego State vs. Second Round Game #2 winner, 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT

Saturday, November 9 - Championship
Semifinal Winner #1 vs. Semifinal Winner #2, 1 p.m. MT/Noon PT