MWC Tournament Opens Against Falcons

The four-time defending MWC Champion BYU women's soccer team opens the 2003 Tournament against Air Force on Wednesday.

PROVO -- The BYU women's soccer team is set to battle for its fifth-straight Mountain West Conference Championship as the team heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the MWC Tournament being held at Ute Field on the campus of the University of Utah.

The Cougars open up play in the tournament as the No. 2 seed and are slated to face the No. 7 seed, Air Force, in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday morning.

Earlier this season on Oct. 11, BYU (12-5-2, 4-2-0) defeated the Falcons (7-10-1, 1-5-0) 4-0 in Provo. The Cougars own a 6-0 all-time record against the Falcons, including an 8-1 win back in 2000, the last time the two teams met on a neutral field.

Since the beginning of the MWC Tournament, the Cougars have compiled a 9-0 record and claimed all four Tournament Championships.

To make it back to the championship game and repeat for a fifth-straight year, the Cougars must defeat the Falcons and then win on Thursday against the winner of the Wyoming and New Mexico game.

After squeaking past the Cougars 1-0 in overtime, the Utes receive the first-round bye in the tournament, Wyoming gets the No. 3 seed, San Diego State is No. 4, UNLV comes in at No. 5 and New Mexico is the No. 6 seed,

Kickoff for BYU and Air Force in the MWC Tournament is set for 9:00 a.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Ute Field.