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Carleigh Simmons Named To C-USA All-Academic Second Team

IRVING, Texas – UTEP senior defender Carleigh Simmons was voted to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic second team, the league office announced this week.

A total of 22 student-athletes were named to the C-USA All-Academic team.

Simmons was one of three seniors on the team to be a four-year starter, starting in all 19 games for the Miners. She registered two goals on the year, including a game-tying goal against Southern Miss (10/14). Simmons attributed two assists and tallied a total of six points on the season. She logged in over 1,526 minutes for the Orange and Blue.

The Texas native was also a standout in the classroom establishing a 3.94 GPA, majoring in mechanical engineering.

She is a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist (2016, 17, 18) and a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2016, 17, 18).

The defender closed out her career with over 4,900 minutes played over 77 games. She netted three goals, a whopping 12 assists and 18 total career points.

Jojo Ngongo Named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team

IRVING – UTEP freshman forward Jojo Ngongo was named to the 2018 Conference USA All-Freshman team, announced the league on Tuesday afternoon.

Ngongo is the 12th Miner to garner a spot on an all-conference freshman team. This is the second consecutive year UTEP lands a Miner on the team, Vic Bohdan was voted to the team last season.

The Canada native appeared in 16 games for the Miners, scoring three goal, notched two assists and combined for eight points on the season. She attempted nine total shots, putting four on goal to earn a 0.444 shot-on-goal percentage.

Ngongo earned 604 minutes of playing time. Her standout performance came against Charlotte (10/18), where she scored the game-winning goal.

UTEP Announces Change in Leadership With Soccer Program

UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Monday that soccer head coach Kevin Cross will not return for the 2019 season.  A national search will begin immediately to appoint his successor.

“We’d like to thank Kevin for all his hard work during 20-plus years at UTEP,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “He built a regionally competitive program.  As we look to take the next step and contend for conference championships, we felt like it was best to move in a new direction.  We wish Kevin well in his future endeavors.”

“I am disappointed to be relieved of my duties as head soccer coach at UTEP after 21 years at UTEP and 18 years as the head coach,” Cross said.  “I would like to thank Veronica O’Brien for hiring me as an assistant coach in 1997, the year after the program began, and Bob Stull for hiring me as the head coach in 2001.  I also appreciate my staff, who is like family to me in Heather Clark who has been with me for 15 years and Jessie Pettit.  I have really loved my time at UTEP and the El Paso community has treated me great.  We have had a lot of success in the UTEP Soccer program, going 15 years in a row with winning records and amassing over 200 wins, all at UTEP.  We have played in three championship games and the second round of the NCAA tournament.  On top of that, we have had great success in the classroom and every player I have coached for four years has graduated.  I am looking forward to my next challenge in life and I am very appreciative of all that UTEP Soccer has given me.  I wish nothing but the best for UTEP Soccer as it is always going to be a part of my soul.  I am leaving UTEP Soccer with a heavy heart but I have been forced to move on.  I have given every ounce of energy to UTEP Soccer for the last 21 years, which is an incredible run.”

UTEP made one NCAA Tournament appearance under Cross’ leadership (2005), and the Miners reached the Conference USA Tournament championship match three times.

The Miners finished 8-11-0 in 2017 and 7-8-4 this season.  UTEP did not qualify for the Conference USA Tournament in three of the last four years, and five of the last nine.

Cross served as the Miners’ head coach since 2001 after spending four years (1997-2000) as an assistant to Veronica O’Brien.  In 18 years as head coach, he compiled a record of 212-127-27.

UTEP Soccer Closes 2018 Season With Draw Against UTSA

San Antonio, Texas- The UTEP women’s soccer team (7-8-4, 2-5-3) wrapped up the 2018 campaign battling to a hard-fought scoreless draw against UTSA (6-9-2, 2-6-2) on Sunday night.

“UTEP soccer battled very hard tonight against a spirited UTSA squad,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “To end the season undefeated in the last four games shows how much we have grown as a team. I am very appreciative of our team’s effort to close out the season. We will carry over this momentum into the 2019 campaign. I am also very thankful for our five seniors’ outstanding career. Payton Ross who set our career minutes played record tonight, Alyssa Palacios who set the career shutouts in goal, Carleigh Simmons our captain and four year starter, and Jodie and Sheridan Smith who have shown great character to comeback from major injuries to contribute to our team’s success this year.”

The Miners registered a total of five shots and four corner kicks on the night. Six players, Cayla Payne, Payton Ross, Kori Lewis, Nicole Pugsley, April Pate and Caley Leask managed to play all 110 minutes of the match.

Leask made her fifth start of the season, registering three saves on 17 shots faced.

The Roadrunners applied early pressure earning two shots along with a corner kick in the opening five minutes. Marianna Hernandez took a shot right in front of the goal but it was saved by Leask.

In the 17th minute Kam Fisher took a shot from 20 yards out forcing UTSA’s Michelle Cole to make her first save of the game. Fisher led the Miners with two shots, both forcing saves from Cole.

Natalie Valentine opened the second half putting a powerful shot on goal only to see UTSA’s goalkeeper make the save. The Miners defense held strong and blocked two consecutive shots from the Roadrunners in the closing minutes. Ross deflected a shot from UTSA’s Jordyn Lacy in the 80th minute.

Lewis had the best chance for the Miners to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute, controlling the ball on a counter attack and putting her shot just over the crossbar.

The Miners defense didn’t give up any easy shots in the overtime period, holding the Roadrunners to only five shots.

UTEP women’s soccer concluded the season in Conference USA with 10 points.

Miners Battle To A 2-2 Draw Against ODU

UTEP’s Anna Jimmerson (26’) and Lauren Crenshaw (44’) etched their names on the score sheet in a 2-2 draw against ODU on Sunday night.

ODU’s Natalie Johnson (5’) and Emily Roberts (79’) both netted a goal to keep the team’s hope of a playoff appearance alive.

“We came out and played aggressive against a very talented Old Dominion,” said UTEP soccer head coach Kevin Cross. “They [ODU] haven’t given up a goal in more than 500 minutes, so to get two against them really builds our confidence. Heading into next week is a tough game at UTSA, and we really want to end the season with win.”

The Miners (7-8-3, 2-5-2) registered 13 total shots, forcing ODU’s Jasmine Crawley to make six saves. UTEP added four corner kicks to its attacking efforts and drew eight fouls against the Monarchs (7-6-4, 4-3-2).

Sophomore Caley Leask made her fourth consecutive start for the Miners in front of the goal. She posted eight saves on the nights.

The Monarchs jumped out to the early lead with a ball headed past Leask by Johnson in the opening five minutes of the game. ODU tallied 25 shots, adding six corner kicks. The Monarchs didn’t let up on the pressure, getting three consecutive shots following the goal but the Miners’ defense held true.

The Monarchs nearly doubled their lead with a shot from Iris Achterhof that was saved off of the line by midfielder April Pate in the 22nd minute.

Jimmerson knotted things up with a spectacular header on goal. She scored her fourth of the season off of a 20-yard pass from Cayla Payne into the box. UTEP kept the pressure up with four more shot attempts at goal before finding the breakthrough in the 44th minute. Crenshaw earned a free kick just outside of the penalty area and with a precise kick, netted her seventh goal on the year.

ODU applied high pressure to the Miners defense, having most of its shot attempts (14) come in the second half. The Monarchs leveled the score at two with a goal from Roberts on a pass played in from Achterhof.

Both teams battled through overtime, both getting three attempts at goal. UTEP had its best opportunity to finish the game when Crenshaw opened up the field on a counter attack but pushed the ball just wide of the net in the 108th minute.

The Orange and Blue will wrap up the 2018 season with a road trip to UTSA on Friday, Oct. 26 slated for 6 p.m. MT.

Miners Triumph Over Charlotte 1-0; Senior Night Set for Sunday

Freshman Jojo Ngongo scored the game-winning goal (16’), getting UTEP back into the winner’s column with a 1-0 victory over Charlotte at University Field on Thursday night.

“Our defense really held strong tonight,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We faced a really tough Charlotte team and it took an entire team effort to pull out this big win. We’ve played well coming down the stretch, and we need to keep this momentum going. The atmosphere was really great with the UTEP band and the fans showing their support through the cold weather.”

UTEP (7-8-2, 2-5-1) snapped a five-game skid, including a tie against Southern Miss. Charlotte (8-6, 4-4) came into the game ranked eighth in the league, and was holding on to the final playoff spot.

Sophomore Caley Leask made her third start of the season in front of goal. The Canada native made six saves and recorded her first shutout on the year. She faced 20 shots from the 49ers, with the Miners giving up only four corners on the night. UTEP took only five shots, forcing Charlotte’s Abby Stapleton to make two saves.

The Orange and Blue got out to a fast start with Vic Bohdan taking a shot at goal early in the second minute of the game, earning a corner kick. Charlotte’s Sandra Geiselhart fired back with a shot of her own in the 11th minute, only to see Leask make a comfortable save.

Ngongo found the back of the net with a through ball played from Cayla Payne. The freshman netted her third goal of the season.

The best chance for the 49ers to tie things up came in the 26th minute. Sophie Sipprell fired the ball from 25-yards out, getting past Leask and rattling the crossbar.

Charlotte played an aggressive second half, attempting the bulk of its shots (14) and applying pressure to UTEP’s backline defense. The 49ers attempted five consecutive shots, with the Miners only giving up a corner kick in the 60th minute.

UTEP had to defend against a barrage of shot attempts in the closing 15 minutes. Charlotte’s Sipprell ripped another shot at goal in the 86th minute, watching Leask make another diving save.

The Orange and Blue will close out the home schedule with an important game against Old Dominion on Sunday at 6 p.m. MT. The match will feature “Senior Night” and will honor the five seniors (Alyssa Palacios, Jodie Enokson, Sheridan Smith, Carleigh Simmons and Payton Ross).

Tickets are $2 for everyone and may be purchased by calling 915-747-5234

Miners Set For Final Homestand of the Regular Season

The UTEP (6-8-2, 1-5-1) women’s soccer team will host its final two home games of the regular season, with a match against Charlotte (8-6, 4-3) on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT and a contest vs. Old Dominion (6-6-3, 3-3-1) on Sunday at 6 p.m. at University Field.

“It is crazy how fast our season goes and that we are playing our last two home games on Thursday and Sunday,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We played with the most energy on the road versus LA Tech and Southern Miss. We are looking forward to showing our fans how hard we can play this week during these two games. We have two excellent teams coming to town that we have a lot of respect for.”

Thursday will feature “Pink Out Night.” Fans will receive $2 tickets for wearing pink to the game, showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October. UTEP soccer will honor its seniors on Sunday on “Senior Night”.

Alyssa Palacios, Carleigh Simmons, Sheridan Smith, Payton Ross and Jodie Enokson make up the 2018 senior class.

“Thursday is a big game for me personally as it is our Pink Out game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. My mom, whom I dearly love, is battling breast cancer now, and even has her cancer scans this week, so this game has extra meaning to me,” Cross said. “On Sunday we will say goodbye to five awesome seniors for Senior Day, and play a very good Old Dominion team. We look forward to closing the home season in style playing our very best soccer. We have really appreciated everyone’s support of UTEP soccer this season. We are thankful for the great dedication and hard work of our great seniors, Alyssa Palacios, Carleigh Simmons, Payton Ross, Sheridan Smith and Jodie Enokson.”

Series History Vs. Charlotte
UTEP has face the 49ers five times in program history, compiling a record of 2-2-1. The last meeting came in 2017, with the Mines getting a 1-0 win at home.

Getting To Know Charlotte
Charlotte is coming into Thursday’s match having dropped three of its last four games in conference play. The 49ers have tallied 22 goals on the season. Junior Megan Greene leads the team with seven goals in 14 games.

Series History Vs. Old Dominion
The Miners have faced ODU a total of four times in program history, with the last meeting coming in 2017. UTEP holds the edge with a 2-1-1 record.

Getting To Know Old Dominion
ODU has won three of its last four contests, including a draw against FAU on the road. Old Dominion have registered 22 goals in 15 games, Morgan Hall leads the team with five goals. ODU battled to a 1-0 loss against No. 14 Duke on the road.

Miners In Conference USA
The Miners moved up to the No. 12 spot in the league standings with four points, needing six points to tie ODU (10 points) to tie for the last playoff spot. UTEP holds an all-time conference record of 66-57-12.

Strong Across The Board
UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with 11 players accounting for 26 goals. Lauren Crenshaw leads the team with six goals on the season. Vic Bohdan follows with five, Anna Jimmerson has netted three, April Pate, Jojo Ngongo and Natalie Valentine all have scored two, while Danielle Carreon, Cayla Payne, Carleigh Simmons, Jackie Soto, and Hayley Vaughan have contributed to the offensive.

The Game Plan
The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have given up only nine goals in the first-half action this year. UTEP has put its attack to the test in the second half, scoring the majority of its goals after the break (16 of 26).

Palacios & The Career Rankings
Senior GK Alyssa Palacios has compiled some staggering numbers her career in the Sun City. The result has been her stamping her name throughout the UTEP career record book. The Texas native holds the most career shutouts in program history (21), surpassing Sarah Dilling (2011-14). She enters Thursday’s match currently ranked second in saves (406), save percentage (0.825), third in GK wins (37), GK games started (73), saves per game (5.56), GK minutes played (6,688:52), fourth in GK matches played 73) and fifth for goals against (1.26).

The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time of 254-171-31. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 211-124-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

A Maturing Roster
In 2017, 20 of the 27 members of the squad were underclassmen, so its only natural that this year’s squad has a bit more experience. In 2018, the Orange and Blue feature a unit where 14 of the 23 individuals are either freshman (seven) or sophomores (seven). There are four junior and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

UTEP Soccer Battles To A Draw Against Southern Miss 1-1

HATTIESBURG, Ms. – UTEP’s Carleigh Simmons (47’) and USM’s Miah Zuazua (47’) both netted a goal from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw at the USM Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.

UTEP (6-8-2, 1-5-1) registered 11 total shots, with seven being on target, to go along with four corner kicks on the day. Southern Miss (10-3-1, 4-2-1) had 20 shots and received six saves from Kendell Mindnich.

“UTEP Soccer really battled for each other on this long road trip going to overtime in both games,” Head coach Kevin Cross said. “Today we got a tie against a very good team on their senior night. Both our keeper and Southern Miss’ keeper made a few big saves as Jodie Enokson has a shot saved that was going upper 90. I appreciate how hard our team is working for each other on the road. We look forward to showcasing this effort at home this week for our last two home games on Thursday versus Charlotte which is our Pink Out game supporting breast cancer awareness, and Senior Night on Sunday versus Old Dominion.”

Sophomore Caley Leask got her second consecutive start in goal. She registered a career-best nine saves on 20 shots faced. Leask was called into action early in the game, making five saves in the first half.

The Golden Eagles had the best chance to break the deadlock in the 42nd minute, getting consecutive shots at goal. USM’s Stephanie Garcia had a shot blocked from the top of the penalty box. JoAnnie Ramos took a crack at goal off of the rebound only to see Leask make a diving save to her right.

The second half started with back-to-back corner kicks for the Golden Eagles. UTEP defended well with a blocked shot coming in the 46th minute. USM got its first breakthrough with a penalty called inside the box that was tucked away by Zuazua.

The Miners responded by applying pressure to the back line of USM’s defense. UTEP earned three consecutive fouls before getting a penalty called against the Golden Eagles defense.

Captain Lauren Crenshaw missed the game due to a red card suspension from Thursday’s match against LA Tech. Cross called upon Simmons to take the PK. Simmons converted her first attempt on the season while also keeping the Miners perfect from the PK spot, 4-4, on the year.

Both teams stayed locked at one goal apiece at the end of regulation, putting UTEP in its sixth overtime game of the season.

Freshman Jojo Ngongo had the best opportunity in overtime with a shot going just wide of the target for the Miners.

The Orange and Blue will be back in action with a pair of home games this week. The Miners will face Charlotte at 7 p.m. Thursday while hosting Old Dominion at 6 p.m. on October 21.

Thursday’s game will feature a “Pink Out” match supporting women’s breast cancer awareness month. Sunday’s match will be “Senior Day” for the five seniors on the team (Alyssa Palacios, Carleigh Simmons, Jodie Enokson, Sheridan Smith and Payton Ross).

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling 915-747-5234.

Leask Records Eight Saves In OT Loss At LA Tech, 1-0

RUSTON, La. – Sophomore Caley Leask registered a career-best eight saves as UTEP (6-8-1, 1-5) battled to a heartbreaking loss on the road to LA Tech (10-5-1, 3-3-1), 1-0, in overtime on Thursday night. LA Tech’s Connor Barker found the back of the net in the 91st minute.

“Our girls battled so hard tonight, playing a man down for nearly the entire game and overtime against a very good LA Tech team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We had some good counter attacks and set piece opportunities that did not go in. The LA Tech coach [Kevin Sherry] told me after the game that our girls deserved better tonight. We will win most games with this excellent effort. Caley Leask was phenomenal in goal tonight. I am very proud of the girls.”

Making her first start of the season, Leask manned the defense for the Miners in front of goal. The sophomore was called into action early in the game, getting a slight deflection off of a shot from the Lady Techsters to keep the score knotted at zero. Leask made four saves on 14 shots faced in the opening half.

In the 15th minute, junior Lauren Crenshaw was issued her first career red card. The Miners played the remainder of the game down to 10 players. She will miss the next contest against Southern Miss on Sunday.

The short-handed Miners struggled to find their offensive groove, but managed to keep the game tied at the break.

UTEP continued to remain defensively strong, as Leask once again was called upon in the first two minutes of the second half. The Canada native recorded a crucial save in the 49th minute on a shot by LA Tech’s Mylene Roy-Ouellet.

Danielle Carreon and April Pate were able to string together a couple of attacking opportunities for the Miners. Carreon had her shot blocked in the 65th minute. Pate followed the rebound with a shot of her own, putting the ball just over the crossbar.

The Lady Techsters continued to pressure the Miners with a barrage of shots at goal, tallying a total of 11 to close out regulation. Barker was finally able to find the breakthrough in the opening minute of overtime.

The Miners will return to action on Sunday with a road trip to Southern Miss slated for 11 a.m. MT.

UTEP Soccer Faces Challenge With Games At LA Tech And Southern Miss

The UTEP women’s soccer team (6-7-1, 1-4) will have tough road match-ups this weekend. The Miners will play at LA Tech (9-5-1, 2-3-1) at 6 p.m. MT Thursday before traveling to face Southern Miss (9-3, 3-2) on at 11 a.m. MT on Sunday.

“We have two tough games on the road, both LA Tech and Southern Miss have excellent records and dangerous players,” UTEP soccer head coach Kevin Cross said.

“Both teams are very good at home and well organized. Our goal will be to put in a 90-minute performance and for every player to battle for every ball. When we are all on the same page, we are a very dangerous team. We are excited to play these games. We want to pick up right where we left off when we scored three goals in the second half against Western Kentucky.”

The Lady Techsters and the Golden Eagles are a combined 5-5-1 in league play.

Getting To Know LA Tech

LA Tech currently rank eighth in C-USA holding on to the final spot of the playoff race. The Lady Techsters head into Thursday’s game having dropped two of their last three contests, including a draw against FIU. Senior forward Mylene Roy-Ouellet and junior forward Kaylee Zettler lead the squad with six goals each. Roy-Oullet adds six assists to the LA Tech arsenal, accounting for 18 points on the season.

Series History Vs. LA Tech

The Miners have faced the Lady Techsters three times in program history and are looking for their first victory (0-2-1). The last meeting came in 2015, with LA Tech getting a 2-0 win in Ruston, La. UTEP has yet to have a home match against LA Tech.

Getting To Know Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles currently sit in a three-way tie for fifth place in C-USA. Southern Miss has won two of its past three matches, earning wins over FIU and Charlotte. Sophomore midfielder Miah Zuazua leads the team in goals with eight goals and six assists on the season.

Series History Vs. Southern Miss.

UTEP currently holds a dominant record of 10-1 over Southern Miss. The last meeting came in 2017, with the Miners getting a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles at USM Soccer Complex. The Miners have won the last nine meetings, outscoring Southern Miss 21-5 across the win streak.

Miners In Conference USA

UTEP holds an all-time C-USA record of 66-59-11. The Miners are coming off a road loss against WKU in a 4-3 shootout. UTEP will need to string together a streak of wins if the team hopes to make the league playoffs. The Orange and Blue will need to move up eight spots in the league standing to make the cut. Four points separate the Miners (three points) and LA Tech (seven points) who hold the final spot.

Strong Across The Board

UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with 11 players accounting for 25 goals. Lauren Crenshaw leads the team with six goals on the season. Vic Bohdan follows with five, Anna Jimmerson has netted three, April Pate, Jojo Ngongo and Natalie Valentine all have scored two, while Danielle Carreon, Cayla Payne, Carleigh Simmons, Jackie Soto, and Hayley Vaughan have contributed to the offensive.

The Game Plan

The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have given up only nine goals in the first-half action this year. UTEP has put its attack to the test in the second half, scoring the majority of its goals after the break (15 of 25).

Palacios & The Career Rankings

Senior GK Alyssa Palacios has complied some staggering numbers her career in the Sun City. The result has been her stamping her name throughout the UTEP career record book. The Texas native holds the most career shutouts in program history (21), surpassing Sarah Dilling (2011-14). She enters Thursday’s match currently ranked second in saves (406), save percentage (0.8256), third in GK wins (37), GK games started (73), saves per game (5.56), GK minutes played (6,688:52), fourth in GK matches played (73) and fifth for goals against (1.26).

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 254-171-31. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 211-124-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

A Maturing Roster

In 2017, 20 of the 27 members of the squad were underclassmen, so its only natural that this year’s squad has a bit more experience. In 2018, the Orange and Blue feature a unit where 14 of the 23 individuals are either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven). There are four junior and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

Miners Fall In Shootout To WKU 4-3

The UTEP women’s soccer team found the back of the net three times as Carleigh Simmons (46’), Vic Bohdan (72’) and Lauren Crenshaw (84’) added their names to the scorer sheet, but ultimately fall to WKU 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.

WKU (4-7-2, 1-4-0) led the game in shots with 13 (eight on target) and registered four corners. UTEP (6-7-1, 1-4-0) notched nine shots (six on target) and two corner kicks.

The Lady Toppers jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the opening six minutes coming from Ambere Barnett. Barnett would add an assist to her stat line in the 20th minute, feeding a pass to Sarah Gorham giving WKU a two-goal lead.

The Miners would respond with a header coming from Nicole Pugsley in the 24th minute. Pugsley, using her height advantage to get over a WKU defender, put the ball just wide of the net.

WKU’s Barnett would find her second goal of the game, off of a 25-yard free kick, in the 34th minute giving the Lady Toppers a three-goal advantage.

The second half provided a flurry of goals, as UTEP’s Simmons got the Miners on the score sheet early in the second half. She tucked away a rebounding shot from Vic Bohdan, marking her first goal of the season.

The Miners opted to make a rare goalkeeper change putting sophomore Caley Leask in for senior Alyssa Palacios. Leask faced four shots from the toppers making two saves and allowing one goal.

WKU responded with a goal in the 56th minute. Gorham netted her second goal of the game, combining with Barnett again making the score 4-1.

Closing in on the final 20 minutes of regulation, the leading goal scorers for the Miners Vic Bohdan and Lauren Crenshaw cut the lead down to one. Bohdan notched her fifth goal of the season going one-on-one with WKU GK slipping the ball past her to the back of the net.

On what could be the goal of the year, Crenshaw lined up a 25-yard free kick and placed the ball perfectly over the GK in the final five minutes of regulation. UTEP couldn’t find the final goal to tie the game in regulation putting together five shots in the final half.

UTEP will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 11 with a matchup against LA Tech in Ruston, La.

Miners Face WKU In Crucial C-USA Matchup Sunday Afternoon

The UTEP women’s soccer team will travel east for a crucial conference match against WKU on Sunday at noon (MT) kick-off in Bowling Green, Ky.

“Sunday at WKU is a defining match for us,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We let a few games slip away from us, so we must now play well on the road. WKU is a great side that is very well coached and very organized. They play extremely hard and will be tough to beat on their home field. We have had a great week of training and are excited for the match. I believe in this squad.”

Getting To Know WKU

WKU (2-7-2, 0-4) is looking for its first win in conference play. The Lady Toppers head into Sunday’s contest having dropped the last five games, including a 2-0 road loss to Vanderbilt.

Ambere Barnett and Olivia Stanley lead the team with three goals each on the season.

Series History Vs. WKU

The Miners have faced the Lady Toppers twice in the program’s history, with the Miners leading the series 1-0-1.

The last meeting came in 2015, with both teams playing to a draw 1-1 (2ot), at University Field. Carleigh Simmons, Payton Ross and Alyssa Palacios are the only current Miners to have faced WKU in their careers.

Miners In Conference USA

UTEP holds an all-time conference record of 66-58-11. The Miners have dropped their two previous games and are in 10th place in league standings.

The top eight teams during the regular season, as determined by points, will advance to the tournament.

Strong Across The Board

UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with 10 players accounting for 22 goals. Lauren Crenshaw leads the team with five goals on the season.

Vic Bohdan follows with four, Anna Jimmerson has netted three, April Pate, Jojo Ngongo and Natalie Valentine all have scored two, while Danielle Carreon, Cayla Payne, Jackie Soto and Hayley Vaughan have contributed to the offensive success.

The Game Plan

The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have given up only six goals in the first-half action this year. UTEP has put its attack to the test in the second half, scoring the majority of its goals after the break (12 of 22).

Palacios & The Career Rankings

Senior GK Alyssa Palacios has compiled some staggering numbers during her career in the Sun City. The result has been her stamping her name throughout the UTEP career record book.

The Texas native hold the most career shutouts in program history (21), surpassing Sarah Dilling (2011-14). She enters Sunday’s match currently ranked second in saves (396), save percentage (0.832), third in GK wins (37), GK games started (71), saves per game (5.57), GK minutes played (6,553:25), fourth in GK matches played (71), and fifth for goals against average (1.10).

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 253-171-31. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 211-123-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

A Maturing Roster

In 2017 20 of the 27 members of the squad were underclassmen, so it’s only natural that this year’s squad has a bit more experience. In 2018, the Orange and Blue feature a unit where 14 o the 23 individuals are either freshman (seven) or sophomores (seven).

There are four juniors and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

UTEP Soccer Earns United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award

The UTEP women’s soccer team was one of twelve team that earned the United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award, announced on Thursday.

Teams honored are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster.

The award recognizes exemplary performances in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year. 

This is marks the 10th United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award for the Miners since 2004.

Women’s Team Academic Award  (School, GPA)

Charlotte, 3.59

Louisiana Tech, 3.35

Marshall, 3.38

Rice, 3.77

Southern Miss, 3.23

UTEP, 3.35

WKU, 3.53

Miners Fall To Middle Tennessee 3-0

Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Palacios registered eight saves, including turning away a penalty kick, but UTEP’s offense couldn’t get on track in a 3-0 setback to Middle Tennessee on Sunday night.

Peyton DePriest notched a hat trick (28’, 77’ and 80’) to lead the Blue Raiders (7-2-1, 2-0-1) attack. Lauren Crenshaw tallied a team-leading three shots for the Miners (6-6-1, 1-3-0). UTEP notched 27 total shots, with 10 coming in the second half of the game.

Palacios registered eight saves on the night, putting her at a total of 350 saves in her career. She trails Amanda Smith (1996-99), who holds the all-time program record in saves with 438.

The Miners took their chances early in the first half. Anna Jimmerson was able to connect on a header towards goal, putting the ball just wide in the 12th minute. Nicole Pugsley added to the attack with a shot at MT’s goal, forcing Celeste Barnard to make a save in the 23rd minute.

DePriest opened up the score sheet for the Blue Raiders after receiving a ball played through the defense from Hannah Tillett. She controlled the ball inside the box and finished the play with a ball past Palacios.

The Miner defense stood tough in the final 15 minutes of the opening half, fighting off a flurry of attacks from the Blue Raiders offense. A crucial save came in the 45th minute, when MT’s Amber Hoot put a shot on goal, but Palacios made a finger-tip save.

UTEP opened the second half with a strong offensive push getting a shot from April Pate in the 50th minute that went just over the cross bar.

DePriest found her second goal of the game when she connected with Tillett, giving the Blue Raiders a 2-0 lead. She completed her hat trick shortly after on a ball played from Casey Riemer to seal the game for MT.

The Orange and Blue will open a three-game road trip, starting with a match at WKU on Sunday, Oct. 7 set for 12 p.m. MT.

UTEP Edged By UAB 2-1

Lauren Crenshaw tallied her team-leading fifth goal of the year but UAB received goals from Jamiera Lunsford (21’) and Caroline Kehrer (77’) as the Blazers edged out the Miners, 2-1, at University Field on Thursday night.

“Conference games are decided on one or two plays and we didn’t complete our chances today,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We made some mistakes and gave up a few chances that we need to clean up. We need to be more focused and have every player dialed in for Sunday’s game.”

UTEP (6-5-1, 1-2) trailed early in the first half. UAB (5-4-1, 1-1) worked the ball up the field where Lunsford shot the ball and it slipped right under senior GK Alyssa Palacios. The Blazers also earned a total of 12 corner kicks, with seven coming in the opening half.

Crenshaw put the Miners on the board in the 37th minute. In a flurry of activity off a free kick, Jodie Enokson took a shot at the goal that was blocked by a defender. Crenshaw was right behind her to put it away.

Palacios registered four saves for the Miners. She now sits at 396 total saves in her career. The Texas native trails Amanda Smith (1996-99) by 42 stops for the program standard.

The Miner defense started off the second half strong. On a UAB breakaway run, Carleigh Simmons sped down the flank to catch up to the forward. She managed to completely stop the attack and get the ball out.

On an almost glorious moment with 20 minutes left in the game, Crenshaw carried the ball up the field, where she connected with Pate for a one-two pass. Crenshaw sped past the defender and dragged the goalkeeper off her line and took her one-on-one. With an open net, Crenshaw took the shot but was denied by the left post.

Both teams battled through a physical match with a yellow card issued to UTEP’s Crenshaw (9’) and UAB’s Lunsford (69’). The Blazers got their second goal of the match from a corner kick. The ball sailed into the box where Kehrer drove the ball into the net with a header.

The Orange and Blue will return to the pitch on Sunday night at 6 p.m. at University Field to face Middle Tennessee in a crucial Conference USA matchup. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling 915-747-523.