Match-ups with rivals New Mexico and NM State in addition to playing 11 home games highlight the 2018 UTEP soccer schedule, as announced by head coach Kevin Cross Tuesday.
It is the second consecutive year that the Miners will battle both the Lobos and Aggies in the same season, something that prior to last season had never occurred. Additionally for the second time in as many seasons UTEP will turn up for the campaign by locking up with Pacific 12 program Arizona (Aug. 11) in an exhibition game, but this time it will be on the road.
“UTEP Soccer is very excited about the 2018 season,” Cross said. “We have been working very hard this spring with our young team, and look forward to showcasing how good we are in the season. We want to be in Old Dominion for the Conference USA Championship in November so that we can make a run at winning a championship. UTEP Soccer is known as having the best fans in Conference USA, and we appreciate the great support!”
UTEP kicks off the season in earnest by playing host to division II program Lubbock Christian (8/17). Following a road match-up at ACU (Aug. 19), the Orange and Blue will be home for four straight contests in the form of Idaho State (Aug. 24), UTRGV (Aug. 26), Grand Canyon (Aug. 31) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 2). The Miners then hit the road to play at I-25 foe New Mexico state (Sept. 7) and at Texas State (Sept. 9).
For the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the past seven seasons, the Miners will open up C-USA action on the road with a tilt at FIU (Sept. 16). The other league road matches will be at WKU (Oct. 7), at LA Tech (Oct. 11), at Southern Miss (Oct. 14) and at UTSA (Oct. 26).
UTEP’s home league opener comes against Marshall (Sept. 20). The Miners will pause C-USA play when they welcome I-10 rival NM State (Sept. 23) to town before stepping back in for home tilts against UAB (Sept. 27) and Middle Tennessee (Sept. 30). The other C-USA contests on the docket for University Field are Charlotte (Oct. 18) and Old Dominion (Oct. 21).
Old Dominion will play host to the 2018 C-USA Championships (Oct. 31-Nov. 4). The top-eight finishers in C-USA play will qualify for the league’s pinnacle event, with the winner staking C-USA’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championships.