LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) _ The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference declared Thursday a three-team tie for second place in the 1997 women's soccer tournament because of unsportsmanlike conduct by the former Lock Haven coach.

The PSAC decided to name Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and West Chester tri-second place finishers because former coach Trevor Warren had his team deliberately lose the final regular-season game 5-1 to West Chester on Nov. 1.

Lock Haven's loss meant that conference rival Bloomsburg was knocked out of the PSAC soccer playoffs, the PSAC said.

The conference discipline also stripped all points Lock Haven accumulated towards winning the league's Dixon Trophy, awarded for overall athletic excellence.

The PSAC's board of directors said its discipline of Lock Haven was tempered by the school's own investigation, which disclosed no evidence that students participated in Warren's conduct.

Warren resigned in December, saying he had found another soccer coaching job. He declined to say where. He also denied telling his players to lose the game.

Lock Haven trainer Dan Gales had said that several members of the team told him that Warren told them to ``throw the game.''

Dusty Rovenolt, a defensive player, had said Warren told the team at halftime in the West Chester game that ``I want you to lose.''