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UTEP Volleyball splits first day of action

LAFAYETTE, La. – The UTEP Volleyball team (1-1) defeated Louisiana (0-2) in three sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-20), 3-0, on Friday night. The Miners fell to Tulane (2-0) in three sets (25-11, 25-18, 25-18), earlier in the day at Earl K. Long Fieldhouse.

Match One

The Orange and Blue were led by Jones, who posted team highs in kills (seven) and blocks (four). Yost also registered four blocks, while Lazda locked in four kills at a .375 clip and four service aces. Syenna Masaki was the leading setter with 14 assists and two digs.

The Green Wave jumped out to an early 4-1 lead to begin the first set. The Miners battled, but a 16-2 run in the middle of the frame closed the door for UTEP, giving Tulane a 1-0 set advantage.

The second game was highlighted by Lazda, who connected on four consecutive aces, cutting into the Green Wave lead, 13-12. However, Tulane would go on a 12-6 run to close out the second set, and go up 2-0 over the Miners.

UTEP faced an early 11-1 deficit to begin the third frame. The Miners would battle back with an 11-6 run of their own, but would fall short in the set, 25-18, dropping the match 3-0.

Wallis’s Thoughts

“Starting out with Tulane is a blessing and a curse all at the same time. They are very balanced and efficient. They are a top 60 team for a reason. They have six good arms, and you have to finish with a big swing or else they will. We struggled offensively to score against a solid defensive team, and that isn’t a huge surprise. We had moments where we sustained good volleyball, but they aren’t coming in long enough stretches yet. We know where we are deficient, and we just need time to develop some of our younger players. Our veterans have to produce more while they are learning.”

Match Two

The Miners bounced back from a loss earlier in the day to sweep Louisiana. They were led by the big swings of Irbe Lazda, Cheyenne Jones and Anamarija Mikovic who tallied eight kills each. Lazda posted an impressive .636 hitting percentage along with three blocks. Serena Patterson dominated the serving game, posting six service aces, and locking in a team-high 20 digs.

The Miners and Ragin’ Cajuns took part in an epic first set. The two squads found themselves tied on 13 different occasions. UTEP found separation when Mikovic notched a kill that put it up 20-17, forcing a Louisiana timeout. The Orange and Blue would take full advantage of the separation, and won the frame, 25-20.

The second set was much of the same between the two teams. Back-and- forth action all the way until the 20-point mark, where UTEP took control of the frame, 20-18, on an ace from Kristen Fritsche. The Miners would take full advantage of this lead, and finish off the Ragin’ Cajuns 25-21 to take the two-set cushion.

It was a different story to begin the third frame for the Miners. UTEP saw itself down by as much as five points early on. However the Orange and Blue dug it themselves out of the hole, regaining the lead, 19-18. The Miners never looked back, completing the sweep with a 25-20 victory in the third set.

Wallis’s Thoughts

“We got solid contributions from everybody. We were relentless defensively. Serena Patterson pulled out 20 digs. She was flying around making plays. What we weren’t doing well offensively, we were doing well digging and blocking it. Everyone chipped in. Cheyenne (Jones) had a really great match. She was much less predictable than she was this morning. She used the entire court. I thought she chipped in with eight really solid kills. She really sealed the line from a first team all-conference outside hitter on their team. Cheyenne really just shut her down. Darley contributed with her first collegiate match. She had a few kills and stuffed a few balls. She got some of the freshman jitters out. It was a really good collective win. We never stopped competing, and we stayed composed.”

Next up, the Miners will cap off their trip to Louisiana with a match against UIW Saturday at 9 a.m. MT.

UTEP Volleyball begins season on the road

The UTEP volleyball team will be traveling to Lafayette, La., to play three matches against Tulane, Louisiana and UIW at the I-10 Challenge Friday through Saturday.

The Miners will take on Tulane on Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. MT. Later that day UTEP will play Louisiana at 5:50 p.m. MT. the Orange and Blue will play UIW to cap off the I-10 Challenge on Saturday at 9 a.m. MT.

All matches can be followed via live stats on statbroadcast.com, and the match versus Louisiana will be live streamed on the Ragin’ Cajun stream service.

UTEP vs. Tulane Live Stats  |   UTEP at Louisiana Live Stream   |  UTEP vs. UIW Live Stats

Tulane is coming off of a 29-9 season, and is led by returning junior Lexie Douglas, who paced the squad in kills (352). Sophomore Taylor Henigsman is the returning setter with 819 assists, and Yvette Burcescu totaled 98 blocks. The Green Wave leads the all-time series 14-4 over the Miners.

The Ragin’ Cajuns finished 15-15 in 2018. They return 2019 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team selection Hali Wisnoskie, who produced 331 kills last year.

UTEP and Louisiana are all knotted up at one victory apiece in the all-time series.

UIW posted a 10-17 mark to end last season. It returns Bethany Clapp, who registered a team-high 324 kills. She is also the returning leader in digs (190). The Miners maintain a perfect, 4-0, record against the Cardinals all-time.

The Miners went 1-2 last season at the Tulane I-10 Challenge. They served up the 2018 campaign with a victory over UIW (3-1), and then fell to Tulane (3-0) and Louisiana (3-1).

For complete coverage of UTEP Volleyball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPVB (Instagram) and @UTEP_VB (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP announces Football Friday Flash Sale – $5 Tickets Available

The UTEP football team will battle Houston Baptist on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl, and fans who haven’t gotten on board for the #OrangeRevival and the 2019 season opener can take advantage of a very special ticket offer on Friday.

For one day only, all seats in the Bronze Reserved section will be just $5 when purchased in person at the UTEP Ticket Center, located at 2901 North Mesa Street next to the Don Haskins Center.

The $5 tickets can also be purchased in person at the East Side UTEP Ticket Center store, located at 1452 N. Zaragoza Suite A-1500, or at the Union Building on the UTEP campus.

“Come out and see us play on Saturday!” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said.  “Tomorrow is another great day to buy tickets for the ball game with a special price in effect for one day only.  We’re going to play hard and we can’t wait to have you in the stands!”

UTEP Ticket Center hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and the flash sale is valid in person only during regular business hours on Friday.

Additionally, the $5 tickets will be sold at the Sun Bowl Stadium box office window during Minerpalooza on Friday night.  Minerpalooza launches the academic school year with live entertainment, carnival-style games, and delicious food.

Tickets to the football game will be sold at Minerpalooza from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets in all other sections will be regular price, $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 6 p.m.

UTEP cranks out 2-1 win at GCU

PHOENIX – UTEP received goals from Jojo Ngongo (14’) and Danielle Carreon (82’) and freshman GK Emily Parrott delivered five saves in a 2-1 win at GCU Thursday evening.

Tessa Carlin recorded her third assist in as many matches in setting up Ngongo’s first goal of the season.

The Miners (1-1-1) remain perfect in the series with the Lopes (1-2-0), picking up their fourth win in as many tries. It also marks the first victory in the Kathryn Balogun era.

“I’m really proud of the team’s second-half effort, especially the last 20 minutes,” Balogun said. “They grinded it out, won the first and second balls. They got it to the corner like we were asking them to do. It is a tough and long weekend. We need to be solid again on Sunday (at UTRGV).”

Four of Parrott’s save came in the first half. GCU’s Emma Anderson (68’) converted a penalty kick to spoil the otherwise perfect night in net for the GK.

UTEP wiped out an offensive opportunity for the home side by catching GCU offside in the 11th minute. Less than three minutes later, the Miners got on the board. Carlin crossed it into the area to Ngongo, who buried it past Garthwaite with a one-time touch.

Parrott was called upon for the first time of the tilt by turning away a shot from Camryn Larson in the 15th minute. At the other end of the pitch Carlin was denied by Garthwaite three minutes later. Parrott delivered three mores saves in the frame, including a point-blank stop on a shot from Raeanne Jones with 25 seconds to play in the period. The freshman GK also showed good form by punching away a service off a corner.

GCU had a promising look in the 54th minute, but for the second time in the match the UTEP wall blocked away a shot off a set piece. The Miners possessed as the half wore on, but a foul in the box gave the Lopes a penalty kick. Anderson converted the golden opportunity, sneaking it into upper 90’s territory past Parrott.

Carreon looked to put UTEP back ahead but her shot whistled high in the 71st minute. Crenshaw fired inches with in the 78th minute. On a counter attack Parrott robbed Jaycee Iranshad by pushing a shot just wide.

The Orange and Blue went back on the offensive, this time finding pay dirt. A shot from Adrianna Jimmerson was initially saved by Garthwaite but Carreon hustled down the loose change and put it away. It marked her second goal of the campaign, and it proved to be the match winner.

UTEP will look to make it a perfect road swing when it plays at UTRGV at 12 p.m. MT Sunday.

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 UTEPMiners.com.

GECU inks exclusive partnership with UTEP Athletics

On Thursday, officials with UTEP Athletics announced that GECU reached an agreement with Van Wagner to serve as the exclusive credit union for UTEP Athletics.

The sponsorship package is the largest in the history of the UTEP athletic program.

“We are delighted to have GECU as our official credit union,” said Jim Senter, UTEP Director of Athletics.  “We are most appreciative of their collaboration and support.  They have made a huge impact in El Paso and we feel like our two organizations will continue to forge a win/win relationship that benefits UTEP and this community for years to come.”

Under the new agreement, the PickAxe Rewards credit card will continue to be available to GECU members.

“GECU is proud to announce that we are the official credit union of UTEP Athletics! This is an outstanding opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with UTEP and we are thrilled to bring innovative ideas to create an unforgettable experience for our community. Our collaboration with UTEP has been ongoing for many years and we are passionate about the future of UTEP athletics,” said Crystal Long, President and CEO of GECU.

GECU will also continue to be a pillar partner for all Miner Athletics meaning their support of the program puts them amongst the most significant in all of UTEP.

“GECU has been an unbelievable sponsor of UTEP over the years,” said Ben Burke, Vice President for Van Wagner.  “The entire team at Van Wagner is thrilled that we got to be a part of growing this relationship to new heights.  Crystal Long and her team have been outstanding and we look forward to many years with our new Official Credit Union.”

In April of 2018, GECU collaborated with UTEP Athletics on a vision for the future of the Sun Bowl Stadium.  Construction is currently underway, with the GECU Terrace scheduled to open its doors in time for the 2020 football season.

Located directly beneath the press box, the GECU Terrace will feature club seats, loge boxes and outdoor cantinas.

GECU Terrace will be a collaborative place for families to gather year-round to support UTEP, and will also impact the lives of community members through GECU’s financial education and free tax preparation initiatives.

HP Sports In Depth: UTEP Volleyball embraces El Paso

Ben Wallis, in his first year leading UTEP volleyball, has already instilled a culture that is bringing the Sun City and Wallis’s squad together. The Miners have accumulated 132 hours of community service, which leads all teams at UTEP.

The team and coaching staff understand the importance of building these relationships in the community.

“It is near the top of the list in things, other than winning, that we have to do this year,” Wallis said. “The more the people know us, the more they have a personal relationship with our players, the more they are going to want to come out and cheer us on.”

After the Miners’ intra squad scrimmage last week, coach Wallis and the team had the opportunity to see first hand what those relationships can yield.

“We had a young lady on social media that showed the ball she got from Alex Torres, and posted that she is forever a Miner fan because of it. Literally Alex changed that kid’s life just by throwing her a ball, and she was stoked about it.”

Wallis wants moments like Torres and the little girl to become a regular occurrence for his team.

“Hopefully that becomes something that is engrained in our culture and engrained in our program from here on out.”

The Miners have lofty goals of amassing over 600 hours of community service by year’s end. They are looking to accomplish this in a multitude of ways. One of which is getting more involved at the children’s hospital. This mission holds personal significance for Wallis.

“There is a young boy that his parents and I are close,” Wallis recounted. “He comes down every other week to the children’s hospital because he has leukemia. I have told them on a number of occasions that I want to know when he’s coming down next, because I want to take our team over there.”

Another aspect will be getting involved with GameChangers Clinics, which helps provide underprivileged youth with athletic training.

“It is a great avenue for people that don’t have money,” Wallis explained. “It is for those who can’t play club volleyball, to be able to come out to some of the clinics. We want to get the young people in our city excited about volleyball and learn, whether its boys or girls it doesn’t matter. It is important to me to get involved with the youth in the community.”

Although there are 10 new players and a first-year coaching staff, this team is taking to the El Paso community with ease.

“Some of the veterans that have been here are starting to understand the need to reach out more,” Wallis said. “The young people have been great. They understand, and everyone is starting to get on the same page.”

The Sun City has already seen UTEP Volleyball impact the lives of its youth. The Wallis era promises to continue to foster a culture that builds relationships and builds the sport of volleyball in El Paso.

Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics

Brandon Michael Collins – UTEP

Miner Walk, Chrome Pick highlight new UTEP Football Gameday elements

When fans arrive at the Sun Bowl for the UTEP football team’s 2019 season opener versus Houston Baptist on Saturday, they’ll be treated to some exciting new gameday elements.

 Beginning this fall, team buses will drop off the Miners at the GR2 parking lot off of Glory Road.  With the UTEP band, cheerleaders and spirit teams leading the way, the student-athletes will walk to their locker room in the Larry K. Durham Sports Center. 

Fans are invited to the dropoff point at 4 p.m. to cheer on the team as it starts the “Miner Walk.”

Also new in 2019 is a spectacular chrome pick that will be on display in the North concourse of the Sun Bowl Stadium, adjacent to the Durham Center.  Fans can take pictures with the pick as a new UTEP gameday tradition is forged.

Keeping in tune with the “Orange Revival” theme for the 2019 season, Sodexo will be selling orange kettle corn and orange cotton candy in the Sun Bowl Stadium. 

Gourmet hot dogs are also being introduced this fall, one featuring macaroni & cheese and bacon, and the other with chili, onions and cheddar cheese. 

Orange margaritas will be sold in the all-new Party Patio, located in the North end zone.  Season passes to the Party Patio are just $99 (plus a game ticket) and are available by calling (915) 747-6150, visiting UTEP online ticket site or emailing seasontickets@utep.edu.

Fans can purchase all their orange gameday gear from the UTEP Bookstore, located at 2201 Sun Bowl Drive or online.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 6 p.m.  Fans will want to arrive early to pick up their #ElPasoStrong t-shirt while supplies last.  The t-shirts are compliments of the gameday sponsor Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare.

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels for the 2019 season.  The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center). 

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased online, or by calling (915) 747-6150.

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 UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP adds Hall-of-Famer Camilla Carrera, Kaitlin Fifield to Softball Coaching Staff

UTEP Softball Head Coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the additions of UTEP Athletics Hall of Famer, Camilla Carrera, and former player Kaitlin Fifield as assistant coaches on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m excited to add both Kaitlin (Fifield) and Cami (Carrera) to our staff.” Echo-Hawk said. “They bleed orange, and it is always special when you can have alumni on staff. I am excited to see how they help elevate our team on the field.”

Fifield and Carrera are the first two alumni to return to the Miners in a full-time coaching capacity.

Carrera played for the Miners from 2008-2012. During that time she became UTEP’s all-time leader in batting average (.401), on-base percentage (.508), games started (219), hits (260), home runs (61) and RBIs (197). Her historic 2012 season produced an NCAA record 0.60 home runs per game, leading the nation in homers (32) and slugging percentage (1.199).

Carrera became the first All-American in UTEP softball history, was a two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, and was inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Carrera hopes to bring that same level of excellence to her new role as assistant coach under Echo-Hawk. She previously served as a graduate assistant for NM State during the 2019 season. The UTEP Hall-of-Famer brings four additional years of coaching experience at Omaha (2017-2018) and Alvin CC (2014-1017) to the staff.

“I am beyond excited to be back at UTEP and back in El Paso.” Carrera said. “I am lucky to be working with such a great staff and athletes. This program has a bright future, and I am proud to say that I am a part of it.”

Kaitlin Fifield pitched for the Orange and Blue from 2014-2017. She threw the fifth no-hitter in UTEP history against Texas A&M CC Feb. 27, 2016, where she registered nine strikeouts with only one walk in 7.0 innings pitched. Fifield is also tied for third in all-time wins (24), and complete games (34) for UTEP pitchers.

The El Paso native, who played her high school ball at Chapin high school, was previously a graduate assistant on the 2019 UTEP squad. She is also the first El Pasoan to be a coach for the Miner softball program.

“I am so excited and thankful to be an assistant at UTEP.” Fifield noted. “To be able to continue to help this program succeed is such an amazing opportunity, and I cant wait to get started. Picks up and go Miners.”

UTEP Football Team to honor Luke Laufenberg at Saturday’s season opener

The UTEP football team will pay tribute to the late Luke Laufenberg at Saturday’s season opener versus Houston Baptist in the Sun Bowl.

Laufenberg passed away at the age of 21 on Thursday, August 22 after battling cancer for two years.

“Luke Laufenberg touched our hearts and souls forever,” UTEP head coach Dana Dimel said. “His spirit and fight are reminders of what it means to play and coach the game of football. He was a fighter, a champion and a wonderful person. He was a very talented young man who left a huge mark on everyone he came in contact with. He was a wonderful individual and will not be forgotten on our football team. Our student-athletes learned from how he prepared himself and the way he handled adversity. I know Luke loved playing football for UTEP and he will forever be a Miner!”

A tight end from Argyle, Texas, Laufenberg joined the Miners for 2019 spring ball after playing at Mesa Community College in 2017.

The tribute to Laufenberg will take place between the first and second quarters at Saturday’s game. A framed jersey will be presented to the Laufenberg family. UTEP players will wear black “Luke” stickers on their helmets throughout the 2019 season.

Laufenberg played his senior season at Argyle Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas, where he was named 2016 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention All-District. He initially walked on at Texas A&M before continuing his football career at Mesa Community College, where he appeared in six games prior to being diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 6 p.m.

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 UTEPMiners.com.

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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Miners battle to 2-2 draw against Wyoming

Seniors Danielle Carreon (24’) and Lauren Crenshaw (76’) each found the back of the net to help the UTEP soccer team battle to a 2-2 draw against Wyoming in the season opener for both teams at University Field Thursday evening.

“There’s a lot to build on from tonight,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “We just came back and found the back of the net twice. I can’t be more proud of those types of things. They responded really well.”

The Cowgirls (0-0-1) jumped out to respective leads of 1-0 and 2-1 behind goals from Jami Tatum (23’) and Indianna Asimus (76’) but both times the Miners (0-0-1) countered. Freshman Emily Parrott registered four saves, including two in double overtime, to secure a quality result in her collegiate debut.

The match was delayed more than an hour due to lightning in the area, but once it got going the youth-laden Orange and Blue played stride for stride with a Wyoming squad that earned a share of the Mountain West regular-season crown a year ago.

Parrott was called upon for the first time of her career in the 11th minute, turning away a soft header from Asimus. Crenshaw got a great look in the 16th minute, unleashing a blast that whistled just wide of the frame.

The visitors took advantage of a miscommunication on a pass along the back line, leading to Tatum smacking the shot past Parrott in the 23rd minute. The Miners regrouped immediately, finding the equalizer 80 seconds later. Tessa Carlin played the ball to the back post to a cutting Carreon, who hammered home the header.

Carreon was in search for her second goal of the game early in the second stanza, but she was turned away on a blast from outside the box by Hannah Lee. The Miners’ defense came up big with a blocked shot by Emerson Kidd on a rocket from Tori Parker in the 69th minute.

Carreon was knocking on the door again in the 75th minute, eliciting a diving stop by Lee. The Cowgirls then raced up the pitch, earning a free kick from just outside the box. Asimus snuck the ball around the wall and past Parrott to put the Cowgirls back ahead, 2-1. But just like the first half, UTEP countered. This time it was Crenshaw doing the damage. She found some space to work with from the top of the box, rifling it home past a diving Lee.

Parrott came up with a stop early in the OT period, gobbling up the shot from Asimus in the 93rd minute.

UTEP generated its own pressure in the 99th minute. Kam Fisher’s shot was blocked by the defense. The Orange and Blue kept possession, allowing Crenshaw a chance to be the hero. She deftly bent a shot toward upper 90’s country only to have Lee make a leaping save.

Parrott recorded a pair of saves in the second OT stanza while Lee came up with one stop.

UTEP will return to the pitch against Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. Sunday. The #ElPasoStrong initiative will continue. There will also be the “Youth Day” promotion for Sunday’s contest, with a post-game autograph session on the docket. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

Ice Miners announce 2019-20 regular season schedule

Thursday morning, the UTEP Hockey Club announced their 2019-20 season schedule, with 14 home games and 14 away games with eight non-conference opponents and 20 conference games.

New this season in hopes of starting a new tradition, the Miners have added 10:30 p.m. Friday night games.

The Miners open the season at home Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. MT, against TCHC opponent Texas State with game two slated for Sunday, Sept. 22 at 10:00 a.m. MT.

The Miners will then hit the road for their first road trip of the season at the University of Texas. The Miners and Longhorns will face off Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:50 p.m. MT and Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. MT.

UTEP will then continue on the road the following weekend against Texas A&M, Friday, Oct. 4 at 6:00 p.m. MT and Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m. MT. After a week off, the Miners will return home to host Texas Christian University, Friday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 p.m. MT and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. MT.

UTEP will close out October on the road at Dallas Baptist, Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. MT and game two will be played Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m. The Miners will host Grand Canyon University Friday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 p.m. MT and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. MT, their first non-conference opponent of the season.

The Miners will next head west to Arizona for their first of two four-game road trips starting Thursday, Nov. 14 against Arizona State at 7:30 p.m. MT. The Arizona road trip will also include one game against Northern Arizona Friday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m. MT and two games against Grand Canyon Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MT and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. MT.

Closing out the first semester, UTEP will host North Texas thanksgiving weekend Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30. Both games will be played at 10:30 p.m. MT.

Following the holiday break, the Miners will begin a four-game homestand the longest homestand of the season) Monday, Jan. 6 vs. Texas A&M at 10:30 p.m. MT with game two scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7 vs. Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. MT. UTEP concludes the homestand Thursday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 10 vs the University of Texas. 11:00 a.m. MT.

Both games will be played at 11:00 a.m. MT.

UTEP will next travel to Shreveport, LA for the first time in club history to visit the East Texas Baptist Tigers Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16. Both games will be played at 6:00 p.m. MT.

Before heading back to El Paso, the Miners will complete the road trip with two games against Texas State, Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. MT and Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6:45 p.m. MT.

The Miners will host the Texas Tech Red Raiders for their final homestand of the 2019-20 season Friday, Jan. 31 at 11:00 a.m. MT and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m. MT.

Science on Ice returns for a third season, all dates scheduled for the second semester. Game dates currently scheduled as  Jan. 9, Jan. 10 and Jan. 31.

The Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs will take place February 6-8 in Dallas, Texas at the Children’s Health Center StarCenter in Mansfield, TX.

The on-sale date and pricing for UTEP Hockey regular season tickets will be announced in the near future.

Date Opponent Time (MT) Location
Sep 21, 2019 Texas State 3:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Sep 22, 2019 Texas State 10:00 a.m. El Paso County Events Center
Sep 27, 2019 University of Texas 7:50 p.m. Chaparral Ice
Sep 28, 2019 University of Texas 6:30 p.m. Chaparral Ice
Oct 4, 2019 Texas A&M 6:00 p.m. Spirit Ice Arena
Oct 5, 2019 Texas A&M 6:00 p.m. Spirit Ice Arena
Oct 18, 2019 Texas Christian 10:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Oct 19, 2019 Texas Christian 3:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Oct 25, 2019 Dallas Baptist 7:30 p.m. StarCenter
Oct 26, 2019 Dallas Baptist 1:00 p.m. Allen Event Center
Nov 1, 2019 Grand Canyon 10:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Nov 2, 2019 Grand Canyon 3:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Nov 14, 2019 Arizona State 7:30 p.m. Oceanside Ice Arena
Nov 15, 2019 Northern Arizona 8:30 p.m. Jay Lively Activity Center
Nov 16, 2019 Grand Canyon 6:30 p.m. AZ Ice Peoria
Nov 17, 2019 Grand Canyon 11:30 a.m. AZ Ice Peoria
Nov 29, 2019 North Texas 10:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Nov 30, 2019 North Texas 10:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Jan 6, 2020 Texas A&M 10:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Jan 7, 2020 Texas A&M 10:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center
Jan 9, 2020 University of Texas 11:00 a.m. El Paso County Events Center
Jan 10, 2020 University of Texas 11:00 a.m. El Paso County Events Center
Jan 15, 2020 East Texas Baptist 6:00 p.m. Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
Jan 16, 2020 East Texas Baptist 6:00 p.m Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
Jan 17, 2020 Texas State 7:30 p.m. Chaparral Ice
Jan 18, 2020 Texas State 6:45 p.m. Chaparral Ice
Jan 31, 2020 Texas Tech 11:00 a.m. El Paso County Events Center
Feb 1, 2020 Texas Tech 3:30 p.m. El Paso County Events Center

UTEP Women’s Cross Country picked First in C-USA Preseason Polls

2018 Conference USA Women’s Cross Country Champion UTEP was named the preseason favorite in this year’s C-USA Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

“This is great of our UTEP Cross Country program,” Ereng said. “The Miners ladies won their first ever title last year and it is fantastic all the coaches in the league have faith they will repeat again. I know our ladies are hardworking and are prepared to take the challenge of flying the Miners’ colors high again.”

Last season, the Miners won their first conference title in program history, taking four of the top seven spots in the women’s 5K.

Five runners from the champion squad – 2018 individual champion Linda Cheruiyot, Carolyne Chepkosgei, Winny Koech, Karoline Daland and Andrea Lucero – return this season led by reigning Coach of the Year Paul Ereng.

The Miners open the 2019 season at the Lobo Invitational Aug. 31 in Albuquerque, N.M. UTEP will then host the Lori Fitzgerald at Chamizal Memorial National Park Sept. 13.

The men (6.4K) will start at 6 p.m., while the women (4.7K) will begin their race at 6:45 p.m. Following the home meet, the Miners will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Joe Piane Norte Dame Invitational Oct. 4.

The C-USA Championships will be hosted by WKU in Bowling Green, Ky., November 2.

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