San Jose state magical soccer season has been interrupted and now threatened by COVID-19 – Santa Cruz Sentinel
The biggest game in the state of San Jose in decades did not take place. And it won’t happen.
Hours before the kick-off on Saturday, the highly anticipated showdown of the Spartans against the eternal Boise State – a battle of the undefeated in the mountain west – was canceled due to positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing as part of the Boise State program.
The game has been declared a no contest and there are no plans to reschedule it.
It was just the beginning of a very bad day for coach Brent Brennan and the Spartans, a day that threatens the completely unexpected magical season they have produced so far.
While the team was in the air, traveling home from Boise, Santa Clara County’s health officials announced a ban on contact sports in the county through December 21 in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.
This means that the Spartans’ next two games at home against Hawaii (2-3) and at home against Nevada (5-0) in the season finale will have to be played outside of Santa Clara County and not at home. Also, the Spartans must find a place to practice this week.
The game against Hawaii next Saturday will be the first in three weeks when it is played. Boise State’s cancellation on Saturday came immediately after the Spartans game on November 21 in Fresno State, which was canceled due to contract pursuit in Fresno State’s program.
One was a disappointment. The second crushed.
“We arrived in Boise on Friday and heard the news on Saturday morning,” said Marie Tuite, director of state athletics in San Jose, in a statement. “Our players and coaches were looking forward to this game with great anticipation. It is a huge disappointment to everyone that we cannot play this game. ”
In a statement, Boise State interim athletic director Bob Carney explained the timing that added offense to San Jose State’s injury.
“Due to a delay in the lab, our results from Thursday’s testing didn’t come back until late (Friday), which meant our staff was doing contact tracing late into the night,” Carney said in the statement.
“Under these circumstances, and with a limited number within certain position groups, our coaches, administration and medical staff met this morning and found that it was not in the best interests of the safety and wellbeing of our student athletes to play. I am disappointed with the student athletes, coaches and fans in both Boise and San Jose states and I hope the Broncos can get back on the field next week against UNLV. ”
The state of San Jose has never beaten the state of Boise in 14 tries, but for the Spartans this was a season of first. They are 4-0 for the first time since 1955 and their chance of winning 5-0 for the first time since 1939 – they finished the game 13-0 – played out on the biggest stage SJSU has ever seen .
The showdown against Boise State was slated to air on FOX, the first “over-the-air” network game for SJSU since 2006 when it appeared on a regional program on ABC. This was supposed to be a national television show, a coast-to-coast game that was seen as yet another “Spartan 2020 premiere”.
The winner would have won the insider track for the Mountain West championship game, where the two teams set the best records in conference games. The game is played by the team with the best record. But that won’t be San Jose State, even if the Spartans never lose.
The championship game at Mountain West is scheduled for December 19, two days before Santa Clara County’s contact sports ban can be lifted.