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Miners Crenshaw, Carlin snag honors from C-USA

DALLAS – Senior Lauren Crenshaw (All C-USA second team) and Tessa Carlin (C-USA All-Freshman Team) have been rewarded for their stellar seasons by earning accolades from Conference USA, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Crenshaw has now been recognized as an all-conference performer twice in her career (2017-third team), while the Miners have placed someone on the all-freshman team for seven straight years.

“I am glad that both Lauren and Tessa were recognized for the impact they had for not only our team but how others played our team,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Lauren provides both athleticism and technical ability that pushed our players to be better day in and day out, but it also affected how other teams choose to defend us.  As a freshman, Tessa provided our offense with consistent assists and goals. She was also one of our hardest working attacking defenders all season. It is exciting to see these players recognized for the hard work they have put in this season.”

The duo’s play helped the Miners finish the regular season at 10-6-3, their first double-digit win total in three years. UTEP also punched its ticket to the C-USA Women’s Soccer Championships for the first time since 2016.

With Crenshaw’s play in the back, UTEP has registered seven shutouts while limiting six other opponents to only one goal. She has started 18 of 19 games, earning the fourth-most minutes among Miner field players.

She has also used her unique skillset to get after it offensively. She shares the team lead with Carlin for goals (five), while leading it outright in shots (53) and shots on goal (23). Crenshaw has also been credited with two assists to give her 13 points, which ties for second on the squad.

Carlin is a dynamic player who paced the Miners in both points (16) and assists (six) while sharing for the team lead in goals (five). The six helpers tie as the fifth most by on UTEP’s single-season freshmen records. She came on particularly strong down the stretch, scoring a goal in four of the Miners’ final C-USA contests.

The Miners will open up against second-seeded and host North Texas in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Conference USA Women’s Soccer Championships at 6 p.m. MT Wednesday. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

For complete coverage of UTEP soccer, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPSoccer (Twitter),@UTEPMinersSoccer (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP’s Crenshaw again named to C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team

DALLAS – Senior Lauren Crenshaw has been voted to the 2019 C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team, the league office revealed Monday. It marks the second straight year that the Miners have been represented on the team.

Crenshaw, who sports a 3.57 cumulative GPA while pursuing a major in kinesiology, was selected to the second team.

“Congratulations to Lauren on being the first player to be recognized from our program this year,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “It is obvious to all she represents what it means to be a student-athlete.  She works tirelessly on the field. I am sure she is on anyone’s scouting report as a defender who is dangerous both defensively and offensively. However, that is not where it ends. Over her four years, she has also gotten it done in the classroom. She is a great student-athlete who will leave a positive legacy on the program.”

Crenshaw has enjoyed a stellar senior season, with her play helping the Miners qualify for the C-USA Women’s Soccer Championships for the first time in three years. She is a defender who has also shown the ability to get involved in the attack by sharing for the team lead in goals (five), while pacing it outright for shots (53) and shots on goal (23). Crenshaw has added a pair of assists to share for second place on the team with her 13 points.

Her efforts on defense have helped UTEP produce seven shutouts while keeping six other foes to just one goal. Crenshaw has started 18 of 19 games and has logged the fourth-most minutes among Miner field players.

She is a three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

Crenshaw and the rest of the Miners will be back in action when they square off against second-seeded and host North Texas in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Conference USA Women’s Soccer Championships at 6 p.m. MT Wednesday.

The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

For complete coverage of UTEP soccer, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPSoccer (Twitter),@UTEPMinersSoccer (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics online.

Versatile Crenshaw Looks To Lead Youth-Laden Squad

UTEP soccer senior Lauren Crenshaw has accomplished a lot in her three years with the Miners.

She’s been an All-Conference USA performer. She’s earned both C-USA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week Awards. But for her final act as a senior in 2019, she has aspirations that go beyond any individual accolade; she wants to be a leader for first-year head coach Kathryn Balogun’s young squad. It is an especially important task, given that nearly half of the Miners’ roster (11 of 24) will be freshmen.

“It’s definitely a big responsibility with 11 freshmen and only three seniors,” Crenshaw noted. “It definitely makes me feel like a mom almost on the team. I’m responsible for them in teaching them how things go not only with college but with life. Balancing school and soccer is really hard but I think it’s really good (that they learn).”

It is a role Crenshaw is certainly prepared for. She has been a staple in the lineup after arriving in the Sun City in 2016, starting 56 of 57 games played. The Gilbert, Arizona, native has displayed a versatile skillset that has allowed her to compile 29 points (11 goals, seven assists) while playing both as a defender and midfielder.

In years past, Crenshaw has chosen to lead by example. Yet she understands that with a new coaching staff in place and a young squad overall, a more intentional leadership approach is required this fall.

“I’ve now taken more of the role of leading more with my words,” Crenshaw said. “(I’m) encouraging people and telling them the right from the wrong. It’s really important to me because UTEP soccer is part of a family. If I don’t take care of my family and do what I need to do on the field and be on a leader, then I take it personally.”

As far as getting ready for the season, though, it was business as usual for the three-year starter.

“I’ve always prepared myself pretty well,” Crenshaw stated. “I know I need to be fit. I know I need to come back strong and healthy. This summer, I don’t think I’ve done anything different than I’ve done in the past.”

Aside from setting an example for her younger teammates, Crenshaw will also play a vital role in the team acclimating to a new style of play under Balogun.

“The style of play is a lot different, which I think will be good in developing us,” Crenshaw said. “We are going to be a lot more defensively organized. I think our goal mainly is not to give up a lot of goals, like we did last year. Offensively, we want to be possessing a lot more and hopefully controlling the game.”

As far as the way she has played, Crenshaw knows that it will be a different approach for her in 2019. At the same time, though, she believes that it will be beneficial for her.

“I’m definitely more of a runner,” Crenshaw said. “I like to run at people a lot more and like to high pressure people a lot more, but I think this is good for me as well to learn how to play different styles and with different people.”

Changing coaches, let alone styles, prior to a senior year is not an easy situation. But Crenshaw has not let it diminish her demeanor, as evidenced by her efforts in the season-opening draw against Wyoming on Aug. 22. She started the match at outside back, and used her unique skillset to provide the game-tying goal in the 76th minute.

“I’m super excited,” Crenshaw said. “The three years I’ve had here so far have been really good. It’s gone by really quick. I’m excited. Hopefully I can make a lasting impression on the soccer program, and not only that but the girls as well.”

Above all, though, she wants to give everything she has for the betterment of her teammates and the program as a whole during her final go around.

“My goal individually is to leave on a good impression,” Crenshaw said. “I told myself that whether we go 0-20 or 20-0, I just want to know that I gave everything I had to this program and left it all out there.”

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Lauren Crenshaw Named C-USA Offensive Player Of The Week

UTEP soccer junior Lauren Crenshaw was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for her performance over the weekend against Grand Canyon and Northern Illinois.

Crenshaw had one of the best performances of the week netting two goals and an assist over the weekend.

Against Grand Canyon, Crenshaw displayed her dribbling skills getting past a Lope defender and was taken down in the penalty box. She stepped up to take the kick and buried the ball in the back of the net.

The Arizona native registered her first assist of the season off of a throw in, which was controlled by Anna Jimmerson and scored the game winning goal.

The junior displayed her leadership skills with a brilliant performance against a tough Northern Illinois squad.

Early in second overtime, the Miners were awarded its third penalty of the season as Crenshaw once again stepped up to the spot and scored the golden goal.

Crenshaw is the first Miner in program history to score from the penalty spot three times in a single season. She is three-for-three on penalty kicks for her career. Crenshaw is tied for second in the league with three goals through five games in C-USA behind Miah Zuazua (Southern Miss, six).

The Orange and Blue will travel to New Mexico on Friday (7 p.m. MT) and Weber State on Sunday (1 p.m.).

UTEP Soccer’s Davis & Crenshaw Secure All-Region Honors

UTEP soccer senior Aleah Davis (second team) and freshman Lauren Crenshaw (third team) have secured NSCAA All-Central Region honors, it was revealed by the organization Tuesday afternoon.

It is a historic accomplishment for Davis, who concludes her career as the only Miner to garner both All-Conference and All-Region accolades for all for years.

Crenshaw’s feat is also impressive, as she was one of only two freshmen in the region to be so distinguished. Additionally she is the fifth player in school history to secure All-Region recognition as a freshman.

UTEP has now placed at least one student-athlete on the All-Region team for a school-record sixth straight season.

“I am so proud of Aleah and Lauren to be recognized as two of the top players in the central region,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “This is a huge honor as our region is made of up so many strong soccer programs including the Big 12 teams. Aleah moved up to second team, and Lauren is one of only two freshman on this entire list. I am very thankful and appreciative of Aleah’s senior leadership, and Lauren coming in as a freshman and making such an immediate impact. Both of them trained at a high level from day one in training camp. I know that Aleah and Lauren recognize that individual honors are the result of the entire team’s effort, and that there teammates are a huge reason why they received this prestigious award.”

The duo helped the Miners post their most wins (13) since 2009, equal the program single-season standard for shutouts (11) and advance to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championships.

Aleah Davis | Photo Courtesy UTEP
Aleah Davis | Photo Courtesy UTEP

Davis started all 22 matches on the year, piling up six goals and eight assists for 20 points. She had a flair for the dramatic with five game-winning tallies, and amazingly her six goals came on a total of only 17 shots on target.

Lauren Crenshaw | Photo Courtesy UTEP

The Hewitt, Texas, native helped control tempo with her play and was a weapon with her long throw-ins. That was never more prominent in 2016 than when she set up Jeanna Mullen’s game-winning goal in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championships to lift UTEP past No. 2 seed Rice, 1-0. Davis also made an impact on defense with her ability to win balls in the air, which helped UTEP post a school-record tying 11 shutouts on the season.

Crenshaw played with a maturity beyond her years as a freshman. She was one of five Miners-and the only freshman on the team- to start all 22 contests. The defender logged the third-most minutes (1851) on the team and played with tremendous grit and determination.

She also showed off an innate ability to jump into the offensive attack at the perfect time, which resulted in one goal and a trio of assists.

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UTEP Soccer’s Crenshaw And Palacios Garner C-USA Player Of Week Honors

IRVING, Texas – The UTEP soccer team has claimed two of three weekly C-USA Player of the Week awards, with sophomore Alyssa Palacios (Goalkeeper of the Week) and freshman defender Lauren Crenshaw (Defensive Player of the Week) being honored as announced by the league office Tuesday.

The duo helped the Miners (4-0-2) post consecutive shutout victories against Wyoming (W, 2-0, Sept. 2) and Texas State (W, 1-0, Sept. 4), squads which entered the weekend with a combined record of 4-2-2.

“This is a tremendous honor for both Alyssa and Lauren,” head coach Kevin Cross said. “Alyssa has made so many huge saves for us all season long. She seems to get to everything. Lauren has been excellent every minute of every game. She rarely makes a mistake and never has an off day. We are very fortunate to have these two players anchoring our back line.”

Crenshaw started and played all 180 minutes on a defense that has now posted five shutouts in six games. She also used her athleticism, speed and decisiveness to help spark the offense. Crenshaw assisted on two of the Miners’ three goals on the weekend, both of which came on match-winning strikes.

One minute into the second half in a scoreless game against Wyoming, Crenshaw sent a cross that was redirected by Kennadie Chaudhary to Aleah Davis, whose shot snuck in under the crossbar in the upper left corner of the goal. In the 72nd minute against Texas State Crenshaw played a good thru ball to Natalie Valentine, who immediately sent a cross to Davis that was headed home.

Palacios turned away a season-high tying eight shots against Wyoming while collecting five stops vs. Texas State. She was particularly busy in the second half vs. the Cowgirls, making six saves over the final 45 minutes. The best stop in the match came in the 60th minute when she was forced to make a diving save to her left on a header by Tristan Tyrrell.

Palacios kept UTEP in position to win the game vs. Texas State by making all five of her saves before the home side got on the board in the 72nd minute. Overall for the weekend three of her saves led to corner kicks.

Crenshaw, Palacios and the rest of the Miners will wrap up the road portion of their non-conference slate by playing at Incarnate Word (6 p.m. MDT, Friday) and at Stephen F. Austin (12 p.m. MDT, Sept. 11).

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