San José State to Face Stanford in First Round of 2015 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After winning its first Mountain West tournament title, San José State will challenge top-seeded Stanford in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, as announced Monday by the NCAA.
The match is scheduled to take place on November 13 at 7 p.m. PT in Palo Alto, California. The winner of Friday’s contest will advance to the second round where it will face either BYU (15-2-2) or Utah Valley (14-6-1).
San José State (10-7-4) earned the Mountain West’s automatic bid after advancing past San Diego State in a penalty-kick shootout in the title match of the 2015 MW Women’s Soccer Championship on November 7. Trailing 1-0, the Spartans’ Darriell Franklin scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute to send the contest into overtime. After a pair of scoreless overtime periods, SJSU outshot the Aztecs, 4-2, on penalty kicks.
The Spartans will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a member of the Mountain West. In its lone tournament appearance, SJSU lost to Stanford, 4-1, on November 8, 2000.
Stanford (16-2-1), ranked No. 3 in the latest NSCAA Division I Women’s Soccer National Poll, won the Pac-12 title for the fifth time in the last seven years and 10th time overall. The Cardinal enter the tournament unbeaten in its last 11 matches at 10-0-1.
San José State and Stanford last met on Sept. 2, 2005 in Palo Alto, with The Cardinal winning, 5-0. SJSU is 0-4-0 all-time against Stanford.