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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.

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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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