UTEP sophomore forward Tess Carlin | Photo courtesy UTEP

Miner soccer hosts NM State in exhibition match Friday Night

After a long wait to open the new season, the UTEP soccer team will finally take the pitch as it will host I-10 rival NM State on Friday, January 29 in an exhibition.

The Miners and Aggies are set to kickoff at 7 p.m. at University Field. The regular-season home opener is February 11 against NM State.

Last season, UTEP posted a 10-7-3 overall record, including a 5-4-1 Conference USA mark under the guidance of then-first-year head coach Kathryn Balogun. The Miners finished above .500 in league play for the first time since 2014, while returning to the Conference USA Championships for the first time since 2016.

Sophomore forward Tessa Carlin returns after leading the team in points (17) last season. Carlin tied for the team lead in goals (five) and led the squad in assists (seven). Carlin Junior forward JoJo Ngongo also makes her return for the Orange and Blue after tallying 13 points on four goals and five assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Parrot played in all 20 matches, while allowing 1.3 goals per match. She didn’t allow a goal in seven matches during the campaign.

The Miners won their last two regular-season matches, posting a 1-0 triumph against UTSA on Nov. 1, 2019 in El Paso to advance to postseason play. Parrot posted a shutout, while Ngongo’s assist set up Carlin’s goal at the 81:11 mark. Prior to that victory, the UTEP blanked Old Dominion, 2-0, in Norfolk on Oct. 27, as Carlin and Ngongo each tallied a goal.

The 2021 Spring season will officially commence on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Arizona State (7 p.m. MT). The Miners will then take on another Pac-12 opponent, when they play at Arizona on Feb. 7 (1 p.m. MT). The home opener is against NM State on Thursday, Feb. 11 with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at University Field. Following the match versus the Aggies, the Miners will host Utah Valley on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.

Season and single-game tickets are available now online. Limited quantities will be sold to ensure that social distancing can be practiced at the venue.