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2020 UTEP Soccer Home Schedule announced; Season Tickets On Sale

The 2020 UTEP soccer home schedule was released on Wednesday, which includes an abbreviated C-USA slate and a match-up against Pacific-12 foe Arizona State.

For the first time, fans are able to purchase season tickets to guarantee they will be there to cheer on second-year head coach Kathryn Balogun’s charges.

“With everything going on in our country we are excited to announce our home schedule for the 2020 season,” Balogun said. “This season brings with it some significant and unprecedented changes, but we are excited to host so many home games amidst the travel challenges our country is facing.”

Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (915) 747-UTEP, emailing tickets@utep.edu, or online. Tickets are just $45 for adults and $25 for youth and gain entry to all seven home matches.

All seats are general admission. Single-match ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12). Fans can save 20 percent off the single-match adult prices and 29 percent off the single-match youth prices by purchasing a season ticket.

The home slate commences against Incarnate Word (Aug. 28). Division II Lubbock Christian (Sept. 3), Pac-12 power Arizona State (Sept. 6) and Utah Valley University (Sept. 17) are also on the docket for nonconference home contests. It will mark the first regular-season match-up with ASU since 1997, and the initial time that the Sun Devils will visit El Paso.

“We are also excited to host Arizona State in nonconference play as we prepare for the start of conference play with LA Tech,” Balogun said. “We will wrap up our home matches with senior night against North Texas, who sent us home from the conference tournament last year. It will be a great game! We are excited to build on what we started last year and excited to see our fans as that becomes an opportunity.”

With a shortened C-USA slate due to COVID-19, the Miners will have three league home games. LA Tech (Sept. 20) is up first, with UAB (Oct. 4) and North Texas (Oct. 23) also venturing to the Sun City.

UTEP will return 21 players from last year’s squad (10-7-3, 5-4-1 C-USA), including eight starters. It was the first double-digit win total at the school in three years, and the Miners qualified for the league championships for the first time since 2016.

The Orange and Blue also forged a mark of 6-3-2 at home.

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

UTEP Soccer’s Nicole Pugsley appears on this week’s “Picks Up Podcast”

UTEP soccer senior midfielder/defender Nicole Pugsley is the guest on this week’s “Picks Up Podcast” with “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher.

For the 2019 season, Pugsley was one of two Miners to start all 20 matches on the season.  She also helped UTEP record seven shutouts while limiting six other opponents to only one goal.

The seven shutouts tied for sixth on the program’s single-season list.

On the academic side, Pugsley was named a C-USA Commissioners’s Academic Medalist (2018, 2019, 2020) and was on the C-USA Commissioners’s Honor Roll (2018, 2019, 2020)

The “Picks Up Podcast,” which airs weekly on the UTEP Miner Website, takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.

The “Picks Up Podcast” features special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.

To go directly to the podcast landing page, please click here.

Ashley Padilla joins UTEP Soccer

Standout defender for the New Mexico Rush and the Colorado Rush Academy, Ashley Padilla has signed a national letter of intent to attend UTEP and play with the Miner soccer program beginning with the 2020 fall season.

UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun announced the signing of the multi-talented player on Wednesday.

“We are excited to add Ashley to our team for 2020. Ashley comes to us from New Mexico Rush and Colorado Rush Academy,” UTEP assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Stewart Givens said. “She led her team as a tough defender who can play in a few different positions along the back line, but also adds in to the attack by getting forward and contributing with goals and assists.”

“Ashley has deep family ties to El Paso and UTEP. Ashley was born in El Paso and her parents attended UTEP.  We are really looking forward to welcoming her back home,” Givens added.

Padilla also is a proven offensive threat, contributing 14 goals and 18 assists during her playing time New Mexico. She has played in numerous high-profile events, including the DA Showcase, Regionals, Surf Cup, Vega’s Cup Tournament, PDT and State Cup Tournaments.

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 Athletics announces student-athlete re-entry plan; Phased voluntary workouts begin June 15

UTEP student-athletes will return to campus for voluntary workouts in phases beginning on June 15, Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Thursday.

“It is important for us to bring student-athletes back to campus in a thoughtful and deliberate fashion, one that ensures we are following best practices and meeting CDC guidelines for the sake of everyone’s health and safety,” Senter said.  “We know that until a vaccine is developed, we will have to live with the virus and must learn to mitigate the risk of catching it.  Bringing Miner student-athletes back to campus is a huge step toward achieving some sense of normalcy.”

The first group of student-athletes returning to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15 will represent football and will number approximately 45.

The football numbers will gradually increase during the months of June and July.

Limited numbers of student-athletes from cross country, soccer and volleyball will be integrated for voluntary workouts beginning the week of June 22.  Limited numbers of student-athletes from men’s and women’s basketball and track and field will be integrated for voluntary workouts beginning the week of June 29.

Student-athletes from all other sports will be eligible to return to campus for voluntary workouts starting the week of July 6.

Prior to returning to campus, all student-athletes will need to complete an online questionnaire asking if they have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms over the last three months.  All student-athletes will also need to undergo a physical on campus before beginning voluntary workouts.

The Athletics Executive Team has been working with head coaches, Sports Medicine Staff and Strength and Conditioning Staff to perform an analysis of all facilities and determine organization of voluntary workouts including student-athlete ingress/egress, maximum capacity per area to ensure that social distancing is being practiced, and other safety protocols.

All student-athletes will undergo a daily wellness screening prior to entering athletics facilities, at which time their temperature will be taken and they will be asked recommended medical questions.

Student-athletes who pass the screening will receive a different colored bracelet each day that they will need to wear to gain access to the facility.

Student-athletes will be split into groups to ensure that social distancing is being practiced at all times.  Student-athletes will be required to wear a face mask when inside all athletics facilities.  Student-athletes will not need to wear a face mask for outdoor workouts provided social distancing is being practiced.

All facilities will be marked with signage to specify COVID-19 symptoms, how to guard against contracting the virus, social distancing protocols, entrance and exit points.  Access to the training room and coaches’ offices will be by appointment only and locker room access will be limited to small groups for short periods of time.

Social distancing will be practiced in all areas, including the weight room.

While in the weight room, student-athletes will be required to bring their own water bottle and will not share with others.  All strength and conditioning voluntary workouts will limit the sharing of equipment, and all equipment will be sanitized following each use.

Equipment managers will wash face masks daily following voluntary workouts.  Each student-athlete will receive two face masks, one for the day’s workout and the other for the next day’s workout.  All facilities will be cleaned/sanitized following the departure of each group of student-athletes.

Any student-athlete who is ill and/or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 is required to refrain from entering athletics facilities and contact Sports Medicine personnel immediately for testing.

All student-athletes or staff who test positive for COVID-19, along with those they have come into immediate contact with, will be subject to mandatory quarantine based on CDC guidelines.

Per NCAA rules, only strength and conditioning coaches and Sports Medicine personnel (athletic trainers) are permitted to observe voluntary workouts.  It is impermissible for sports coaches and staff, as well as media members, to attend voluntary workouts.

UTEP Soccer Coach Kathryn Balogun joins Jon Teicher on this week’s “Picks Up Podcast”

The “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher visits with UTEP Soccer Coach Kathryn Balogun in this week’s episode of the “Picks Up Podcast.”

This week, coach Balogun reviews the Miners’ much-improved 2019 campaign and discusses the team’s prospects for 2020.

Balogun, who enjoyed record-setting seasons as the women’s soccer head coach at Texas Southern University over five years, was named head coach at UTEP on Dec. 10, 2018.

She made an immediate impact in her first year at the helm of the Miners, guiding them to a record of 10-7-3. It was the first double-digit win total at the school in three years.

The Miners also went 5-4-1 in C-USA action to punch their ticket to the league championships for the first time since 2016. Furthermore, it marked the first winning season in league play since an effort of 6-2-2 in 2014.

The “Picks Up Podcast” takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.

The “Picks Up Podcast” airs weekly on www.utepminers.com, with special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.

To go directly to the podcast landing page, click here.

UTEP Soccer adds JUCO Goalkeeper Mariah Scott

Mariah Scott has signed a national letter of intent to attend UTEP and play with the Miner soccer program beginning with the 2020 fall season, UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun announced Friday.

“Mariah will bring depth to our goalkeeping position. She is also is a great reminder to never burn bridges. I met Mariah and her family while recruiting for another school. I was happy for her when she took an offer somewhere else,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun shared.

“Years later she reached out to see if we were looking for a goalkeeper, and after a year where we only had one health keeper on the roaster we were. I’m excited to see how she comes in to help our team and build our culture.”

  Scott, a San Antonio native, played one year with LSU Eunice, and will have three seasons of eligibility with the Miners.  While at LSU Eunice, she started 17 games, helping the team finish with a mark of 13-3-1.

She compiled 10 shutouts, yielded just 11 goals for a 0.70 goals against average and is credited with 53 saves for an .828 save percentage.  Overall, Scott logged a total of 1422 minutes of playing time on the season.

During a match against Hill College (10/19/19) Scott is credited with a career-high nine saves, with at least five stops in five other contests.

 “We are excited to add Mariah to our 2020 team. We think that Mariah will help push our goalkeeper group as soon as she steps on campus. She is a goalkeeper that likes to compete and work hard,” UTEP assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Stewart Givens said.

“In getting to know her and seeing her play it is apparent that she will fit in to our culture as a team and within our goalkeeper union. I can’t wait to start working with her and the rest of the goalkeepers to build on a strong start we had as a group after our first year together.”

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 Soccer lands two Division I Transfers

Division I transfers Maxine Franco (East Tennessee State) and Kristen Prevosto (Marist) have agreed to attend UTEP and compete with the Miner soccer program beginning with the 2020 fall season, UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun announced Wednesday.

“We are excited for have both Kristen and Maxine join us,” Balogun said. “With all of the unanswered questions surrounding athletics, it a great honor that their families have entrusted our staff and program during this time. I believe each young lady will come in and make an immediate impact. They have experience and knowledge and fit well with the cultural direction the coaching staff wants to take the program.”

Assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Stewart Givens was instrumental in landing Franco and Prevosto.

“We are really excited to add Kristen and Maxine to our other three incoming players for 2020,” Givens said. “We believe that with these additions we have added a lot of quality and technical ability to take us to the next level in Conference USA.  After speaking with their respective coaches and having conversations with Kristen and Maxine we are confident that these are players that exemplify what we want to be about here at UTEP.  They are players that want to get better on and off the field and that want to play for championships.  We can’t wait for them to join us this fall and have them start competing with a strong returning group of players that are hungry for more in 2020.

Maxine Franco – Midfielder/Forward |  East Tennessee State  |  Diepenbeek, Belgium

UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun on Franco:

“Maxine will bring experience and a left-footed threat to our program. She will come into our program and be able to invest three full years with great soccer knowledge and a high level of experience at the national team level.  She enjoys possession soccer and believes in our program’s playing style.”

UTEP assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Stewart Givens on Franco

Maxine is a player that will compete to make a big impact this fall. Maxine has playing experience with the Belgian youth national teams and will help us in the attacking third of the field with her vision and ability to pick out some very difficult passes. Maxine is a player with a high soccer IQ who is a true student of the game and wants to continue to be pushed as a player to be the best she can be. We are looking forward to Maxine contributing this fall and helping her achieve the lofty goals she has set for herself.”

Franco’s bio – Played one year with East Tennessee State, and will have three seasons of eligibility with the Miners … appeared in 15 games off the bench with ETSU, including playing a season-high 42 minutes of action against Wofford (10/18/19) … registered five shots, including three shots on goal, during the year … fired two shots on target against South Carolina State (9/30/19) … previously garnered ample international experience while playing with the Belgian youth national teams … on the club level helped her team to a championship in the first division of Belgium in 2016 … daughter of Sabine and Denis Franco.

UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun on Prevosto

 Kristen is a hard working, gritty player who understands the tactical questions being asked within the midfield position. I believe she brings D1 college experience, knowledge and depth to our midfield, who we ask to solve problems and connect us from the defensive half into the attacking third. She might not be the tallest player we have, but she will also compete and challenge for everything.

UTEP assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Stewart Givens on Prevosto

We believe Kristen will compete to make an immediate impact for us in midfield. She is someone who has very high aspirations for herself as a player, and wants to be pushed. She has the ability to play both sides of the ball well. She will add to our possession-based style of game and help us control the tempo of the game. She is not afraid to make a hard tackle or win a header. We can’t wait to add Kristen this fall.”

Kristen Prevosto – Midfielder | Marist  |  Selden, N.Y.

Prevosto’s  Bio – Two-year starter at Marist who will year two years of eligibility with the Miners … started 32 of 36 career games with Marist, tallying five goals and three assists for 13 points … ranked second on the squad for goals (four), assists (three) and points (11) in 2019 … played in 18 contests, including starting the final 16 tilts … her four goals came on 10 shots on target … credited with a career-high two assists in a 5-0 win at Delaware State (9/1/19) … had a hot streak for scoring with four goals in a five-game stretch, including the match winner against Loyola Marymount (9/8/19) … logged at least 90 minutes of action in seven different contests … voted to the MAAC All-Rookie team in 2018 … played in 18 contests, including making 16 starts, as a freshman in 2018 … buried a chance against Rhode Island (9/2/18) for her first career goal … earned MAAC Rookie of the Week as result of her efforts … logged at least 90 minutes of action in the final four games on the season … at the prep level was a five-year varsity player for Newfield High School, securing numerous accolades … was All League (eighth and ninth grade), All Conference (10th grade) and All County (11th and 12th grade) … two-time state champion with the ISA Sting … daughter of Mike and Liz Prevosto.

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 Athletics “Picks Up Podcast” premieres

The brand-new “Picks Up Podcast” made its debut Thursday on UTEP Athletics’ official website.

The “Picks Up Podcast” takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.  Hosted by long-time “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher, “Picks Up Podcast” kicks off with a visit from Jim Senter who, like his fellow collegiate Athletic Directors, is navigating unique and challenging times due to the onset of COVID-19.

“I look forward to sharing additional Miner content in a new form with those who enjoy UTEP Athletics,” Teicher said.

The “Picks Up Podcast” will air weekly online, with special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.

To go directly to the podcast landing page, click here.

Cayman Tamez signs with UTEP Soccer

Cayman Tamez  has signed a national letter of intent to attend UTEP and compete with the Miner soccer program beginning with the 2020 fall season, UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun announced Thursday.

“We are excited for Cayman to join our program,” Balogun said. “She will compete with our team right away, but maybe even more importantly will fit the culture we are building here.  She’s most comfortable as a defensive center mid but has a lot of versatility and is constantly looking for ways to improve her game and team.”

Tamez has played and started in all 45 appearances with the LA Galaxy-San Diego Development Academy program over the last two years.  She grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, where she played ECNL with Solar, FC Dallas and D’Feeters Soccer club, later moving to California to train and compete with the LA Galaxy-San Diego as a freshman in high school.

She is also an All CIF honoree while competing with her high school, Tamez lives with her mom (Myre) and sister (Ceagan) and also has a brother (EJ)

Tamez says picked UTEP because of its soccer program and believes it will be a great fit on and off the field.

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

North Texas Outlasts UTEP 3-1, In QF Of C-USA Championships

DENTON, Texas- Emily Parrott made a career-high seven saves while Jackie Soto (25′) found the back of the net but homestanding and second-seeded North Texas held off seventh-seeded UTEP, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championships on Wednesday night.

The match was delayed for more than an hour due to lightning in the area, and actually conclude past midnight central time.

The Mean Green (13-5-1) received goals from Berklee Peters (20′, 63′) and Desiree Ramirez (43′) to stymie the Miners’ (10-7-3) upset bid. It still marked a bounce-back campaign for UTEP, which reached double figures in wins while also qualifying for the C-USA Championships for the first time in three years.

C-USA All-Freshman team honoree Tessa Carlin was credited with an assist on Soto’s goal.

“I can’t ask for any more from this group,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “They gave us everything they had, and left it all on the field. We will be back here. Don’t count us out!”

Parrott was called upon for the first time of the match in the fifth minute, making a diving save to her right to snare the shot by Allie Boyd. UTEP pressured in the 10th minute, with Kam Fisher’s shot sailing wide. Parrott came up big with a huge save on a point-blank shot from Elle Marie DeFrain in the 16th minute, denying her in a one-on-one situation.

UNT managed to get on the board in the 20th minute when Michelle Gonzalez fed it to Peters, who had snuck in behind the defense. Parrott left her line to cut down the angle but it was to no avail.

The Miners regrouped and almost equalized immediately. With UNT GK Kelsey Brann out of position on a scramble, Lilly Marquez blasted a shot that beat her but was saved on the line by a UNT defender in the 22nd minute.

Undeterred, the Miners continued to pressure and pulled even thanks to Carlin and Soto hooking up for a sensational sequence. The freshman played it into space, which Soto raced down. She then bested Brann at the near post to make it 1-1 in the 25th minute.

The Mean Green were able to pull ahead just prior to halftime, with Ramirez sneaking a shot past Parrott in the 43rd minute.

Parrott produced her third save of the contest in the opening minutes of the second half, turning away a shot from Defrain. Lightning then came into the area, forcing a delay of more than an hour. Parrott made two quick saves once action resumed before Carlin’s shot sailed wide in the 58th minute.

Jojo Ngongo vied to pull the squad even in the 61st minute only to have her shot be blocked.

UNT extended its advantage to 3-1 in the 63rd minute after Peters headed home a shot for her second goal of the game. UTEP went back to work after conceding the tally, with Soto being turned away on a shot from just outside the box.

The Miners continued to play hard down the stretch, but were unable to get any closer.

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.

Miners Crenshaw, Carlin snag honors from C-USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTEP Soccer to challenge host North Texas At 2019 C-USA Championships

Seventh-seeded UTEP will face second-seeded and host North Texas in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Conference USA Women’s Soccer Championships at 6 p.m. MT Wednesday.

“We are excited to be heading back to the tournament,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “So much credit goes to the team for staying true to the process. We never have control of the outcomes, but they have taken full responsibility for our daily process. The daily process is what has earned them the opportunity to play North Texas.”

The match will be streamed live on ESPN+. It marks the first appearance for the Miners at the league’s pinnacle event since 2016.

“North Texas will be a tough team. They have a lot of experience and success in the tournament. They also are defending their home field and title. However,  all the pressure is on them. No one thought we would be here. We were ranked 13th of 14 in preseason rankings, and even during the season we received no player of the week awards. No one expects this group to be successful, and that is just how we like it. This group thrives as the underdog. You will see a group who will give their all continuing to represent themselves, the program, the school and El Paso,” Balogun added.

Tessa Carlin (82′) scored late in the second half as the UTEP soccer team bested UTSA, 1-0, on “Senior Night” at University Field on November 1st

North Texas leads the series, 6-1, including a mark of 4-0 when playing in Denton. The two squads last squared off in 2017, which was claimed by UNT, 3-1.

North Texas compiled a record of 12-5-1 during the regular season, including 7-2-1 in C-USA action to earn the second seed at the 2019 C-USA Women’s Soccer Championships. UNT finished 9-0 at home, outscoring foes, 24-1, in those contests.

The Mean Green are riding a six-match shutout streak in Denton. Furthermore, North Texas is 24-0-3 at home dating to early in the 2017 season. Its last home setback came to Texas on Aug. 27, 2017. In 2019, UNT has outscored foes, 36-11. Berklee Peters is the top threat with 11 goals (third C-USA/35th NCAA) and two assists for 24 points (third C-USA/67th NCAA). UNT takes 8.7 shots on goal per game (first C-USA/13th NCAA). It also leads the league and is 24th nationally for goals against average (.605).

The past two times (2016 and 2011) that UTEP has been seeded seventh at the C-USA Championships, it has sprung the upset on the second seed. The Miners ousted Rice, 1-0, in 2016, while toppling then league member Colorado College, 2-1, in 2011. In fact in 2011 UTEP advanced to the championship contest.

The Miners capped the regular season with back-to-back victories, propelling it to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place in the C-USA standings. The strong close to the campaign allowed the Miners to qualify for the C-USA Women’s Soccer Championships for the first time since 2016. UTEP is the seventh seed.

UTEP heads into the Conference USA Championships with a mark of 10-6-3, 5-4-1 C-USA. The Miners surpassed their win total for both overall and C-USA contests from a year ago (7-8-4, 2-5-3). UTEP has also secured its first double-digit win total since 2016 (13-7-2).

The club has a chance at its first double-digit win total since 2016, which was also the last time it qualified for the C-USA Championships. It can accomplish both with a victory against UTSA on Friday.

UTEP picked up a crucial 2-0 win at ODU on Oct. 27, which allowed the Miners to conclude this year with a road record of 4-3-2. It marks the first winning road record at the school since 2016 (5-4-2).

The Miners have posted a winning mark in nonconference play in 17 of the past 18 years, including finishing 5-2-2 in 2019. The exception during the nearly two-decade run of success came in 2017 (4-5-0).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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

Gallery+Story: Senior Night Shutout – UTEP blanks UTSA 1-0, Clinches C-USA Championship bid

Tessa Carlin (82′) scored late in the second half as the UTEP soccer team bested UTSA, 1-0, on “Senior Night” at University Field Friday evening.

“I can’t be happier for the team,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “The girls not only showed up, they’ve been bought in all year and they were rewarded with success tonight. It’s a full team effort from the back to the front. I can’t be more excited for them.”

The Miners’ (10-6-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) second straight win locked up a bid to the Conference USA Championships in the process, while the Roadrunners (8-8-1, 4-6-0 C-USA) conclude the 2019 season.

Both teams finished with three shots on goal. Parrott was locked in by turning them all away to post her second straight and seventh shutout of the season. Jojo Ngongo and Lauren Crenshaw were credited with assists on Carlin’s goal.

Crenshaw, Danielle Carreon, Kori Lewis and manager Paige Harm were honored in a post-game senior ceremony.

Parrott was up to the task for the first shot of the game by either team, snuffing out the chance by Abby Kassal in the 15th minute. UTEP then countered only to have Carreon’s try sail wide of the frame. The Roadrunners then went back on the attack, with Parrott making a diving save to her right to once again deny Kassal.

UTEP secured its first corner kick of the contest in the 27th minute, with a service from Jackie Miller being headed just wide of the frame by Emerson Kidd. The Orange and Blue were pressing again in the 43rd minute, but the sequence was wiped out on an offside call.

The Miners received the first opportunity of the second half after a foul against the Roadrunners, but Crenshaw sent the shot high. The senior was on the prowl in the 55th minute, but a long-distance shot was handled by UTSA GK Jil Schneider.

Fellow classmate Carreon was searching for the first goal of the game in the 59th minute when her shot whistled just wide. Ayana Noel nearly put UTEP on the board in the 74th minute when her header was snatched out of the air by Schneider.

The persistent pressure paid dividends in the 82nd minute with Crenshaw playing it to Ngongo, who touched it through to Carlin. The freshman calmly corralled the past and buried it past Schneider.

UTEP will return to the pitch in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championships on Wednesday.

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.

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

UTEP Soccer to host UTSA on “Senior Night”

The UTEP soccer team (9-6-3, 4-4-1 C-USA) will look to secure a bid to the 2019 Conference USA Championships when it plays host to UTSA (8-7-1, 4-5-0) on “Senior Night” at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We need you El Paso for our last home match,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Not only will we celebrate our seniors but it will be a game to determine our season’s fate. UTSA will bring quality competition, making it a fun game to be a part of.”

UTEP went 1-1 on a roadswing through the Eastern Time Zone, including a 2-0 dispatching of Old Dominion on Oct. 27. Jojo Ngongo and Tessa Carlin each recorded a goal and an assist in the win, while Emily Parrott registered one save late in the first half on the way to posting her sixth shutout of the season.

The Miners are undefeated (6-0-2) in eight prior match-ups with UTSA, including most recently battling to a scoreless draw in San Antonio last year.

UTSA enters the match-up with UTEP at 8-7-1, 4-5-0 C-USA, putting it one point behind the Miners. The Roadrunners posted a 2-1 win at Charlotte on Oct. 27, ending the seven-match winning streak for the 49ers in the process. Ellis Patterson paces the team in goals (six), assists (six) and points (18). Lexi Bolton (four) and Deja Sandoval (four) have also been consistent scorers. Sophie Milich and Jill Schneider have split the time in net, combining for 54 saves and five shutouts.

UTEP enters Friday’s match-up in a three-way tie for sixth place in the C-USA standings. While there are a lot of possibilities, the simplest way to look at it from the Miners’ perspective is that a win gets them into the 2019 C-USA Championships. The top-eight showing would be UTEP’s first since 2016.

That year as a seventh seed the Orange and Blue sprung the upset on second-seeded Rice to advance to the C-USA semifinals.

UTEP heads into its regular-season finale with a mark of 9-6-3, 4-4-1 C-USA. The effort has allowed the Miners to surpass their win total for both overall and C-USA contests from a year ago (7-8-4, 2-5-3). UTEP has a chance at its first double-digit win total since 2016, which was also the last time it qualified for the C-USA Championships. It can accomplish both with a victory against UTSA on Friday.

The Miners picked up a crucial 2-0 win at ODU on Oct. 27, which allowed the Miners to conclude this year with a road record of 4-3-2. It marks the first winning road record at the school since 2016 (5-4-2).

All tickets are $3 as part of “Fan Appreciation Night,” and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

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