San Diego State to Host 2012 MW Women's Soccer Championships
Oct. 30, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2012 Mountain West Women's Soccer Championship will be held October 31-November 4, at the SDSU Sports Deck on the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, Calif. Quarterfinal action takes place Wednesday, October 31, followed by the semifinals on Friday, November 2. The championship game is slated for Sunday, November 4, and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network beginning at 1 p.m. PT.
Regular-season champion San Diego State (17-1-1, 7-0-0) enters the 2012 MW Women's Soccer Championship as the No. 1 seed for the second time in the league's 14-year history. The No. 6/9 Aztecs earned the top seed after finishing regular-season play with an unblemished 7-0 record vs. MW opponents.
New Mexico (10-6-2, 4-2-1) and Boise State (9-8-2, 4-2-1) tied for second in the standings, with the Lobos winning the tiebreaker by virtue of their regular-season victory over the Broncos to earn the No. 2 seed. UNLV (11-3-4, 3-1-3) finished fourth to capture the No. 4 seed. Fresno State (4-10-5, 2-3-2) and Nevada (6-9-3, 2-3-2) tied for sixth place in the standings, with the Bulldogs winning the tiebreaker to claim the No. 5 seed. The two squads tied in their regular-season meeting, which led to a comparison of goal differential within Conference matches (Fresno State +1, Nevada -3).
Both of Wednesday's quarterfinal contests will feature re-matches of teams that met in last weekend's regular-season finales.
At 4 p.m. PT, No. 3 Boise State will square off against No. 6 Nevada. The Broncos posted a 1-0 victory over the Wolf Pack last Friday and hold an 11-1-1 advantage in the series overall. Wednesday's outing will be the first meeting between the two teams in MW tournament action. The Boise State offense is led by sophomore midfielder Shannon Schueren (15 points, six goals), while sophomore goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt has 66 saves and a 1.66 goals-against average on the season. Sophomore midfielder Chrisalyn Fonte heads up the Wolf Pack offense with 13 points and five goals in 2012, while senior goalkeeper Dana Moreno has collected 91 saves and a 1.12 GAA.
Wednesday's second contest will pit No. 4 UNLV against No. 5 Fresno State in a 7 p.m. PT match. The Rebels prevailed, 1-0, on the pitch against the Bulldogs last Saturday. The match will be the fifth meeting between the two squads (UNLV leads 2-1-1), and the first in MW tournament play. Junior forward Jenn Wolfe heads up the UNLV offense with 24 points and 11 goals in 2012. Junior goalkeeper Kylie Wassell has 64 saves and a 0.84 GAA, and enters MW tournament action with nine shutouts on the season, one shy of the school record. Fresno State is paced by senior forward Callie Hancock (18 points and eight goals), while Katie DeVault has a 1.62 GAA and a league-high 116 saves on the season in goal.
Top-seeded San Diego State and No. 2 seed New Mexico each earned a bye into Friday's semifinal round. The Lobos will play the winner of the Boise State-Nevada contest at 4 p.m. PT, while the Aztecs will face the winner of the UNLV-Fresno State contest at 7 p.m. PT.
The Aztecs are led by 2012 MW Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year Megan Jurado and Haley Palmer, respectively. Jurado, a senior forward/midfielder, tops the Conference with 34 points (13 goals and eight assists), while Palmer, a junior defender, heads up a defensive unit that has recorded eight shutouts and a 0.57 GAA this season. The Lobos' offense is led by Rachel Montoya (14 points and five goals). Senior Kelli Cornell has logged all 1671:38 of UNM's minutes in goal this season, tallying 46 saves and a 0.86 GAA.
The winner of Sunday's championship match will earn the Mountain West's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.
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