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HP Sports In-Depth: UTEP Soccer hits the road for pair of matches

The UTEP soccer team will hit the road for the first time in 2019 with matches at GCU (8 p.m. MT Thursday) and at UTRGV (12 p.m. MT Sunday).

“This weekend will be two good games on the road,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Up first will be GCU, which also had a tough loss on Sunday. We expect them to come out very strong Thursday in their home opener. It will be a good test of how we come back and execute our gameplan. We will then make the trip across the state to UTRGV, which always has a good team and did really well in the WAC last year. Both of these games are an opportunity for us to introduce our younger players to the travel demands present in C-USA.”

The Miners (0-1-1) will be on the road for four of the next six contests, including this week’s tilts against the Lopes (1-1-0) and the Vaqueros (1-1-0).

Keeping It Tight

UTEP trailed for a combined total of six minutes and 29 seconds (out of 200 minutes) during its opening week of action against Wyoming (T, 2-2, 8/22/19) and Abilene Christian (L, 2-1, 8/25/19). The Miners led for 62 minutes against ACU, compared to being behind for one minute and 15 seconds. In the tilt vs. Wyoming, UTEP was down for a total of five minutes and 14 seconds.

Long Time Coming

Senior Kori Lewis scored her first career goal in the match-up with ACU on Aug. 25. The tally came in her 51st career game. It marked the initial time since 2013 (Kenah Linger) that a three-year Miner letter winner produced their first goal during their senior season. Ashleigh Decker (2006) and Kat McShane (2002) are also members of the unique club at the school.

Making Plays

Freshman Tessa Carlin registered an assist against both Wyoming (8/22/19) and ACU (8/25/19). She becomes the first Miner to have at least one helper in each of the first two games of the season since Skye Schultz also did so in 2012.

Series History Vs. Grand Canyon

UTEP has won all three previous meetings with GCU, including posting a 2-1 victory (8/31/18) last season. Thursday’s contest will be the second between the programs to take place in Phoenix.

Series History Vs. UTRGV

UTEP is 1-1 against UTRGV, with both prior matches coming at University Field. The Miners won the first meeting, 1-0, in 2016 (9/18/16) but were upended at home, 3-2, last year (8/26/18).

Quick Overview On GCU

GCU is 1-1 on the year after splitting its road trip through the “Sunshine State” to start the season. The Lopes knocked off Stetson, 1-0, in their season opener (8/22/19) before being drilled by Conference USA member Florida Atlantic, 7-1 (8/25/19).

They played the final 30 minutes with 10 individuals after a red card, conceding three tallies in that time frame. GCU returned seven starters and 15 letter winners overall from last year’s team (6-13-2).

Quick Overview On UTRGV

UTRGV is off to a 1-1 start on the season, including stomping Alabama State, 6-0, last time out (8/24/19). Sarah Bonney (three) and Emily Zapata (two) have provided the bulk of the scoring.

The Vaqueros brought back eight starters and 18 letter winners overall from last year’s team (12-6-3). The 12 overall wins established a program record while UTRGV also posted its best finish in WAC (tied for second) after going 6-1-1 in league play.

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 24th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 254-176-35. The Miners (0-1-1) are under the direction of first-year head coach Kathryn Balogun. She is assisted by Stewart Givens and Kate Ward and volunteer assistant coach Michael Balogun.

UTEP has 11 true freshmen on the roster in 2019, its highest total since carrying 14 in 2000. The newcomers comprise nearly half of the squad (11 of 24). Eight of the newcomers earned playing time on the pitch in UTEP’s opening weekend, including five who earned at least one starting nod.

For the first time since 2008, UTEP is relying exclusively on a freshman goalkeeper. Newcomers Zoey Lopez (Montwood HS) and Emily Parrott (Lone Star HS) both started a match in the opening week of action, combining for 10 total saves (six by Parrott, four by Lopez).

First-year head coach Kathryn Balogun has a history of success in conference action. During her five seasons (2014-18) at the helm of Texas Southern, she compiled a record of 31-13-7 in Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) contests.

Her squad produced winning marks in SWAC action and advanced to the league tournament in all five seasons.

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 at

Abilene Christian Slips Past UTEP 2-1

Senior Kori Lewis tallied her first career goal (9′) but visiting Abilene Christian received a pair of second-half strikes from Natalie Jones (71′ and 89′) to sneak past UTEP, 2-1, at University Field Sunday afternoon.

Tessa Carlin and Haley Vaughan were credited with assists on Lewis’s goal. Zoey Lopez (four) and Emily Parrott (two) combined to register six saves for the Miners (0-1-1). Erin Smith delivered five saves for the Wildcats (2-0-0).

“There’s a lot of good things we can take from today but there was obviously some frustration at the end,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Our response needs to be a little bit better. We have to get better at closing out games. When we have the situation in hand, we have got to keep it that way.”

UTEP got on the board in the ninth minute. The Miners strung together passes from Carlin and Vaughan to set up Lewis in the box. She took one dribble to compose herself before slicing a shot into the lower, left corner past Smith.

The Wildcats earned their first corner kick in the 12th minute, but UTEP fought it off. Midway through the stanza a foul on UTEP gave ACU a look on a set piece but Lopez left her line to take care of the service with a quality punch.

The Miners earned a pair of corners in the frame, but couldn’t take advantage. ACU had another opportunity in the 41st minute, but Jackie Miller cleared the service away with a header.

Lopez asserted herself well in the opening minute of the second half, using picture-perfect technique in a one vs. one sliding save to snuff out the opportunity for Samantha Vestal. UTEP looked to push its advantage to 2-0 in the 52nd minute but Jojo Ngongo’s shot was secured by Smith. Lauren Crenshaw then created a scoring chance only to have her shot blocked by the ACU defense. UTEP couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing corner kick.

Lopez delivered another save in the 58th minute, stoning Emily Heidman on a point-blank opportunity.

There was back-and-forth action in the 67th minute, with both keepers delivering quality saves to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the home side. Lopez pushed a chance by Brooke Lenz high and off the crossbar.

Following the hydration break, ACU’s Jones found some space to work with and floated a shot past the outstretched hands of Parrott. Jones provided her second goal of the game in the waning minutes of the contest, intercepting a pass and taking it alone to bury a shot past Parrott.

UTEP will be back in action when it hits the road for the first time of the season with matches at GCU (8 p.m. MT Thursday) and UTRGV (12 p.m. MT Sept. 1).

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 at

Gallery+Story: Arizona Edges UTEP 2-1 In Exhibition Soccer Match

Lauren Crenshaw (88’) converted a penalty kick while Alyssa Palacios recorded six saves to highlight the action for the UTEP soccer team in an entertaining 2-1 setback in an exhibition game loss vs. Pacific 12 power Arizona at a steamy University Field Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats received goals from Amanda Porter (31’) and Cali Crisler (79’) in order to get just enough offense to get past the Miners.

“Well we learned a lot,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We have a real young team. We played one of the top teams in the country. We learned a lot from the game, got some real good experience. That will help prepare us for Friday (NM State) when it really counts. We got better as the game went on and got a lot of experience from young players who hadn’t played at this level. The defense was fairly good too.”

Shots (19-3) and corner kicks (4-1) favored the visitors but the Miners had much better possession in the second half. Plus over the 45 minutes the Orange and Blue accounted for the lone corner kick of the period and shots on goal stood 2-1 in favor of UA.

Cross did a good job of getting lots of playing time across the board, with 19 Miners earning time on the pitch.

UTEP will begin the season in earnest by venturing to Las Cruces to lock up with NM State (Aug. 18) in the First Light Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10. It is the first time since 2012 that UTEP will christen the campaign on the road.

UTEP’s home opener comes against Abilene Christian (Aug. 20) at 1 p.m. It will be the “Camper Reunion” game, with Miner soccer academy members getting in free. There will also be posters given away, prize packs, autographed gear and mini soccer balls.

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