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UTEP Soccer Beats Rival NM State 4-1 Sunday Night

The UTEP Soccer (6-4-1) team beat rival team NM State Aggies (1-9) 4-1 to win the Battle of I-10 Sunday night at University Field.

Natalie Valentine, Anna Jimmerson, Vic Bohdan and Hayley Vaughan all contributed to Sunday night’s win with a goal each. The sole goal for the Aggies came from a penalty kick taken by Katie Martinez.

“It was good response after a tough loss on Thursday,” said UTEP head coach Kevin Cross. “This was a big win for us especially for it being a rivalry game. The crowd was phenomenal, the American Outlaws came out banging their drums giving the team motivation tonight.”

The Miners wasted no time with Valentine scoring the 10th-fastest goal in program history at the 1:58 minute mark.

The first half was action packed with both teams playing hard and strong. The Miners outshot the Aggies 11-9, but it was a battle between the teams with a total of 14 fouls in the first half. The Miner defense blocked many of the shots taken by NM State.

Bohdan scored her fourth goal (39’) of the season by dribbling past the defenders into the box and putting the ball away.

Shortly after, a hand ball was called inside the Miner box that resulted in a penalty kick for the Aggies.

The third goal for the Miners came just seconds before the end of the first half. Jojo Ngongo chased a ball to the end line. She then passed it back into the box for Vaughan (45’) to tap it into the goal.

The second half was another hard-fought half. The Miners took 10 shots to the Aggies’ six. The UTEP defense was not letting anything get by them. In the 75th minute, Kori Lewis chased down an Aggie forward and made a big tackle inside the box.

Late into the second half, in the 80th minute there was a thrilling moment when Valentine put the ball in the back of the net and the crowd went wild. Unfortunately, the goal was disallowed when the play was called offside. Moments later she was hungry to get that goal back but shot the ball over the net.

Jimmerson put the icing on the cake with a goal of her own in the 88th minute. A UTEP defender cleared the ball over the Aggie defense for Jimmerson to chase down and put it past the keeper.
The Orange and Blue will continue Conference USA play at home against UAB on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at University Field. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling 915-747-5234.

Marshall Slips Past UTEP 2-1 In Double Overtime

UTEP sophomore Vic Bohdan (63′) got on the score sheet but Marshall was able to slip past the Miners, 2-1, in double overtime on Thursday night at University Field.

The Thundering Herd (3-4-2, 1-1) received goals from Marah Abu-tayeh (78′ and 107′) to get past the Miners (5-4-1, 1-1) in a hard-fought double-overtime game.

“We couldn’t finish our chances today and that really hurt us in the end,” UTEP soccer head coach Kevin Cross said. “We can’t lose games at home in overtime and have to change our attitude heading into Sunday’s game against NM State.”

The Miners started the first half defensively sound, only allowing five shots. Only one of those was on target. UTEP took seven shot of its own, forcing Megan Bonelli to make three saves while also earning four corner kicks.

The best chance for the Orange and Blue came in the 24th minute, when April Pate played a ball through to Lauren Crenshaw and her shot from 25-yards out was saved by Bonelli.

Marshall’s starting goalkeeper Bonelli suffered an injury in the 60th minute, requiring freshman Lindsey Langley to make her official debut for the Herd. The Miner offense took advantage of the change when Pate once again played a ball through the defense to find Bohdan. She shot the ball in the top corner, giving the Miners a 1-0 lead.

Abu-tayeh leveled things with a shot from just outside the box that took a deflection off a UTEP defender and barely bounced off the far post to the back of the net.

Senior GK Alyssa Palacios recorded eight saves in the contest, putting her at 380 in her career. She trails Amanda Smith (1996-99), needing 58 saves to tie her at 438 in all-time career saves.

At the end of regulation both teams were evenly matched, putting up identical numbers across the board. UTEP led on corner kicks, 5-2, while Marshall outshot the Miners, 14-13.

The Thundering Herd applied tough pressure to begin the first overtime period. Palacios recorded three saves in the opening four minutes. The Miners’ best chance came off a corner kick in the 94th minute, when Nicole Pugsley was able to connect on a header but Langley made the save.

Abu-tayeh found her second goal of the night off of a rebound from her sister, Farah Abu-tayeh, lifting Marshall to its third win on the season.

UTEP soccer will return to action on Sunday at 6 p.m. MT to take on NM State in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 at University Field. Sunday will feature a White Out promotion.

Fans wearing white get $2 tickets. FirstLight Federal Credit Union fans will be given out to the first 200 in attendance.

HP Sports In-Depth: UTEP Soccer Preps For Marshall Thursday, NM State Sunday

The UTEP soccer team will open its second slate of four straight home games this season, beginning on Thursday against Marshall at 7 p.m. MT and continuing vs. NM State in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 at 6 p.m. MT on Sunday.

Thursday will feature “Fiesta Night”, with kids 12 & under gettin in free and face painters for the kids. Bam bam sticks will be given out to the first 200 fans and a performance from the Mariachi Real de El Paso.

Sunday will feature a White Out promotion, fans wearing white get $2 tickets. FirstLight Federal Credit Union fans will be given out to the first 200 in attendance.

“This is a huge weekend for UTEP soccer,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We need the El Paso soccer community and UTEP to come out and support us. We play our first Conference USA home game on Thursday night versus Marshall after starting league play with a tough road win. Marshall is a great soccer team that is always well coached. They have a great attack and a strong defense so our entire team will have to be playing well. We are looking forward to Anji Thornton’s professional mariachi band and the UTEP men’s club soccer team being in attendance on Thursday for Fiesta Night. On Sunday we play our rivalry game against a very good NM State team that fights for everything. They hustle for every ball and do not quit. Sunday should be a fun night as well as we will have the American Outlaws El Paso in attendance as well as the El Paso USL. This is a big weekend for UTEP soccer and we urge our fans to come out and support us!”

Series History vs. Marshall
UTEP has faced the Thundering Herd 11 times over the program’s history, compiling a record of 6-3-2. The last meeting came in 2017 with the Miners earning a 2-0 home victory.

Getting To Know Marshall
Marshall (2-4-2) opened league play with a 2-1, home loss to Florida Atlantic. The Thundering Herd has tallied 10 goals on the season, with sister duo Farah and Marah Abu-tayeh leading the team with three goals each.

Series History vs. NM State
The Miners look to continue their dominance over I-10 rivals NM State. UTEP leads the series 6-1. The Aggies upended the Miners for the first time in 2017 with a 2-1 victory in double overtime, breaking a six-game losing streak.

Getting To Know NM State
The Aggies are coming off a 1-0 loss against New Mexico, putting them 1-7 on the season. NM State has netted 11 goals on the season. Aileen Galicia leads the team with four goals and Alexa Barrera accounting for four assists.

Miners In Conference USA
UTEP holds an all-time conference record of 66-55-11 and was one of four teams winning its opening game (Southern Miss, UAB and Florida Atlantic). The Miners finished the non-conference schedule with a record of 4-3-1, ranking seventh overall.

Clutch Crenshaw
Lauren Crenshaw jump-started her junior season with four goals, the most in a single season in her career. The Arizona native leads the team in goals and points (nine). Three of her goals have come from the penalty spot, making her the first Miner in program history to convert three PKs in a season.

Strong Across The Board
UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with nine players accounting for 15 goals. Lauren Crenshaw leads with four goals, April Pate, Vic Bohdan, Jojo Ngongo and Anna Jimmerson all have netted two, while Danielle Carreon, Cayla Payne, Jackie Soto and Natalie Valentine have contributed to the offensive success.

Home Field Advantage
The Miners have been historically tough to beat when playing at University Field, boasting an overall record of 129-38-10 since 2002. UTEP has outscored the opponents 13-6 and registered a 4-1 record at home this season.

The Game Plan
The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have given up only three goals in 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 (11 of 16).

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 holds the most career shutout in program history (21), surpassing Sarah Dilling (2011-14).

She enters Thursday’s match currently second on saves (380), save percentage (0.835), third in GK wins (36), GK games started (68), saves per game (5.58), GK minutes played (6,266:58), fourth in GK matches played (68), and fifth for goals against average (1.08).

The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 252-170-31. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 210-122-23 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 his 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 juniors and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

Miners Open C-USA Play With Dominant Performance Over FIU

MIAMI, Fl. – The UTEP soccer team opened league play with a dominating 2-0 win at FIU with goals from Lauren Crenshaw (3′) and Jojo Ngongo (40′) on Sunday afternoon.

“I am really proud of UTEP soccer getting a shutout on the road which is very tough to do in C-USA,” head coach Kevin Cross said. “FIU has a lot of athleticism and dangerous players with international experience, so getting a shutout was great. We did a great job playing as a team today. This young group learned a lot this week. We need El Paso’s support on Thursday when we play a tough Marshall team at home.”

The Miners dominated possession of the ball early in the first half, registering three corner kicks in the opening three minutes of the game. Nicole Pugsley nearly found the back of the net off a header that was put just wide of the post.

On the fourth corner of the game for UTEP, Carleigh Simmons played the ball into the box where Crenshaw connected from point-blank range to give the Miners an early lead. The junior leads the team with four goals on the season.

FIU registered four shots in the opening half, forcing senior GK Alyssa Palacios to make one save in the 20th minute. Palacios recorded two saves on the day to become the school record holder in shutouts (21). She passes Sarah Dilling (2011-14) with 10 games remaining in the 2018 regular season.

The Miners kept the momentum after the first goal, attempting seven shots at goal and earning six corner kicks. With five minutes before the break, sophomore Vic Bohdan played a well-placed pass to Ngongo. The freshman scored a sensational goal, her second of the season.

UTEP added nine more shots at goal in the second half, totaling 16 in the game. The Miners came inches away from extending their lead when Crenshaw took a crack at goal, forcing FIU’s Christin Velazquez to make a fingertip save in the 60th minute.

In the 75th minute, Ngongo tried to double her tally in the game with a shot that she put over the crossbar from just outside the penalty area. With 10 minutes left in regulation, Bohdan sent her second shot of the game wide of the post.

The Miners will host a four-game homestand starting on Thursday, Sept. 20, against Marshall at 7 p.m. MT, before turning their attention to 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 against NM State on Sunday, Sept. 23. at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

Miners Battle To Draw At Weber State

OGDEN, Utah – Senor goalkeeper Alyssa Palacios registered her second shutout of the season as the Miners played to a scoreless draw at Weber State in Ogden, Utah, on Sunday afternoon.

“Today was a tough match,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We had less rest than Weber State (from playing on the road this week). We had a couple of excellent chances in the first half that we did not put away, and then some really good corners at the end of regulation. Congratulations to our team defense, back line and keeper for getting the shutout. Today was good preparation for starting Conference USA play next weekend on the road.”

Palacios is now tied for the most career shutouts at UTEP with Sarah Dilling (2011-14) and needs just one more shutout to sit atop of the helm alone.

The Miners opened the first half with four shots, forcing Wildcat keeper Nikki Pittman to make one save. Lauren Crenshaw recorded two shots. Cayla Payne and Natalie Valentine both got a look at goal.

In the 36th minute, Palacios made a crucial save to keep the score in a deadlock. UTEP then had a good chance on the counter attack. Defender Payton Ross cleared the ball up the field, which was controlled by Valentine with a great first touch. She blew past the back defender and went one-on-one against Pittman, putting the ball just wide of the goal. That was the closest either team came to scoring in the opening half.

The Miners opened up the second half with a defensive stand. Palacios made her second save of the game in the 48th minute when a shot by the Wildcats deflected off a UTEP defender and was smothered by Palacios. The senior GK made four total saves, moving her up to 378 in her career.

Crenshaw led the Miners with three shots (two on target). Her best opportunity to find the back of the net was off a free kick in the 62nd minute. Crenshaw took the free kick from 30-yards out, just missing the crossbar.

The Miners continued to commit numbers forward in the final 10 minutes of regulation, earning three consecutive corner kicks. Nicole Pugsley used her length to her advantage, connecting on a header that put the ball wide of the net.

Neither team could break the deadlock in overtime. UTEP’s Danielle Carreon registered the only shot of the overtime period, coming in the 107th minute.

The Miners will begin league play on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the team travels to Miami, Fla., to face off against FIU.

Miners Fall At New Mexico 2-1

ALBUQUERQUE – Sophomore April Pate (72’) scored the lone goal for the Miners as the UTEP soccer team fell short at New Mexico, 2-1, Friday night in Albuquerque, N.M.

New Mexico (3-3-0) received two early goals from Cami Floth (9’) and Alexa Kirton (13’) to slip past the Miners (4-3-0).

UTEP fought against a strong head wind in the first half and registered five shots, forcing Malia Vanisi to make two saves. The Lobos scored early in the game with a cross put into the penalty box that was finished by Floth. The second goal came off a corner kick and was headed home by Kirton.

The first half proved to be a physical one with a combined 19 fouls. Junior Lauren Crenshaw earned two free kicks for the Miners. In the 24th minute, Carleigh Simmons took a free kick 30-yards away from goal, lofting the ball into the penalty box. Nicole Pugsley connected on a header, putting the ball just wide of the goal.

Alyssa Palacios registered four saves in the first half and was only called upon once in the second stanza. Her five saves in the game move her up to 32 on the season. Palacios (374) also inched closer to reaching Amanda Smith (438) in all-time saves, needing just 64 saves this season to tie the program career standard.

The Miners took a total of six shots in the second half, putting pressure on the Lobo defense. UTEP found a spark on the counter with a ball played forward by newcomer Jojo Ngongo to the feet of Pate. The sophomore controlled the ball on her first touch, hitting the ball with a clinical left foot bypassing Vanisi to the goal.

The Orange and Blue continued to press the attack, earning a corner kick in the 82nd minute. Pate put the ball into the box and a scramble ensued in front of the net, but the Lobos’ defense was able to clear the ball.

The Miners will travel to Ogden, Utah, next to face Weber State on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.

HP Sports In-Depth: UTEP Soccer Hits The Road For Two Games

The UTEP soccer team heads to the states of New Mexico and Utah looking to keep its two-game winning streak alive against the New Mexico Lobos (7:30 p.m. MT Friday) and the Weber State Wildcats (1 p.m. MT Sunday).

“We have a challenging road trip ahead of us,” head coach Kevin Cross said. “We play two very good teams in New Mexico and Weber State. New Mexico is very athletic and skilled and they fight for every single ball. Games against Weber State are also always going to be a battle. Our team will have to put in a complete team effort for 90 minutes to get positive results on the road. We look forward to the challenge.”

These are the last two matches before the Miners start Conference USA play.

Getting to Know New Mexico
University of New Mexico is 2-3 in the 2018 season. The Lobos kicked off their season with a fresh squad after eight starters from the previous season graduated. Freshman forward Alesia Garcia leads the team with three goals, scoring the winning goals for two consecutive games. The Lobos have

Series History vs. New Mexico
The Orange and Blue lead the series 5-4-1. The Miners are looking to redeem themselves after last year’s loss (1-0) in overtime (8/27/17).

Getting to Know Weber State
Weber State is 0-2-1 in the season. The Wildcats are looking to score their first goal of the campaign. Weber State has also had some glitches on the year with two games being postponed due to inclement weather, one resulting in a reschedule and the other in a cancellation.

Series History vs. Weber State
UTEP leads the series 6-4 after winning their last encounter 3-0 at home (9/6/15).

Clutch Crenshaw
Lauren Crenshaw’s game winning penalty kick against Norther Illinois makes her 3-3 in PK’s this season. She is the first Miner in program history to make three penalty kicks in a year. With that goal Crenshaw now leads the team in goals for the season.

Strong Across The Board
UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with nine players accounting for 13 goals. Vic Bohdan leads the team with two goals, while Danielle Carreon, Lauren Crenshaw, Anna Jimmerson, Jojo Ngongo, April Pate, Cayla Payne, Jackie Soto and Natalie Valentine have contributed to the offensive success.

Close Calls
Since the 6-1 home opener against Lubbock Christian (8/17/18), the Miners have faced closer calls with all five (3-2-0) matches since decided by one goal. UTEP knocked off Northern Illinois in double overtime 1-0 (9/2/18) and both Grand Canyon (2-1, 8/31/18) and Idaho State (2-1, 8/24/18), while falling short at Abilene Christian (1-0, 2OT, 8/19/18) and vs. UTRGV (3-2, 8/26/18).

The Game Plan
The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have given up only one goal in 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 (nine of 13).

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. She enters Friday’s match currently second for saves (369), save percentage (.835), third in shutouts (19), third in GK wins (35), GK games started (65), saves per game (5.71), GK minutes played (5,976:58), fourth for saves per game (5.68) and in GK matches played (65) and fifth for goals against average (1.10).

Palacios needs two shutouts to break Sarah Dilling’s (2011-14) school standard (20) while she is 70 saves shy of besting the program record (438) held by Amanda Smith (1996-99).

The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 251-169-30. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 209-121-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

A Unique Blend
UTEP’s roster of 23 for 2018 has a unique blend with 12 native Texans, seven individuals hailing from Canada and a quarter that call Arizona home.

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 of the 23 individuals are either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven). There are four juniors and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

Lauren Crenshaw Named C-USA Offensive Player Of The Week

UTEP soccer junior Lauren Crenshaw was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for her performance over the weekend against Grand Canyon and Northern Illinois.

Crenshaw had one of the best performances of the week netting two goals and an assist over the weekend.

Against Grand Canyon, Crenshaw displayed her dribbling skills getting past a Lope defender and was taken down in the penalty box. She stepped up to take the kick and buried the ball in the back of the net.

The Arizona native registered her first assist of the season off of a throw in, which was controlled by Anna Jimmerson and scored the game winning goal.

The junior displayed her leadership skills with a brilliant performance against a tough Northern Illinois squad.

Early in second overtime, the Miners were awarded its third penalty of the season as Crenshaw once again stepped up to the spot and scored the golden goal.

Crenshaw is the first Miner in program history to score from the penalty spot three times in a single season. She is three-for-three on penalty kicks for her career. Crenshaw is tied for second in the league with three goals through five games in C-USA behind Miah Zuazua (Southern Miss, six).

The Orange and Blue will travel to New Mexico on Friday (7 p.m. MT) and Weber State on Sunday (1 p.m.).

Video+Story: Crenshaw PK Lifts UTEP to Double OT 1-0 Win Over Northern Illinois

The UTEP soccer team won 1-0 in double overtime behind a penalty kick goal from Lauren Crenshaw (102’) against the Northern Illinois University Huskies on Sunday evening at University Field.

The Miners (4-2-0) took 25 shots-to NIU’s 14- for 101 minutes to no avail but ended the match with Crenshaw’s golden goal that bested the Huskies’ (0-5-0) goalkeeper.

Of the 25 shots taken by the Miners, 11 were on target. Vic Bohdan, Crenshaw and April Pate all recorded four shots. Crenshaw now has a team-leading three goals, each of which have come from a penalty kick. She is the first Miner in program history to put away three penalty kick chances in a single season, having achieved the feat in just six appearances this year.

Alyssa Palacios notched her first shutout of the season and 19th of her career with five saves. She is now two shutouts shy of becoming the program’s all-time career leader in the category.

“We picked it up and got plenty of shots (25),” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “Their goalkeeper had one of the best [goalkeeper] efforts that I’ve seen. We finally got the goal at the end.”

The Miners had a slow start the first half of the match, with the Huskies dominating possession of the ball. The game was scoreless at halftime with both teams taking two shots on goal.

UTEP kicked off the second half with high intensity, attempting 14 shots and seven shots on goal. The Miners put the heat on the Huskies’ goalkeeper (Megan Donnally) firing shot after shot.

A yellow card was given to NIU’s Kylee Hermeyer, which resulted in a free kick just outside the box for the Miners. Seconds after the Huskies’ goalkeeper punched out the free kick, Pate nailed the ball forcing the keeper to make a back-arching save.

The game went into overtime after 90 minutes of scoreless action. Both teams came out strong in the overtime with each side having a partial breakaway. The efforts were not enough, forcing the game to go into a second overtime.

In the 102nd minute of the game a foul was committed by NIU defender Kelsey Chope, which was originally signaled to be just outside the box. After a consultation with the linesman, the center official awarded UTEP the penalty kick. Crenshaw ended the game for the Miners by putting the ball past the goalkeeper.

The Orange and Blue will hit the road to face New Mexico in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m. MT Friday.

Miners Conclude Homestand Against Grand Canyon Friday, Northern Illinois Sunday

The UTEP soccer team will conclude its four-game homestand with matchups against Grand Canyon on Friday at 7 p.m. MT and on Sunday vs. Northern Illinois at 6 p.m.

“We are very excited to be playing at home this weekend with football also playing and Minerpalooza going on,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said.

“It should be a very exciting UTEP weekend! We start off on Friday night with Grand Canyon for Military Appreciation Night! UTEP Soccer is very appreciative of our Military and Fort Bliss. Grand Canyon is one of the best supported women’s soccer programs in the country. They are very well coached and have a very good attack. We need our fans to come out and support UTEP Soccer! On Sunday we get the opportunity of playing Northern Illinois, which also has a good program.”

UTEP will boast a “Military Appreciation Night” on Friday; all military personnel will receive $2 tickets. Sunday will showcase “Go Nuts For Donuts.” The first 150 fans in attendance will receive free donuts.

“We are working very hard this week to clean up our mistakes, and to get the squad playing its best soccer,” Cross said. “We can’t wait to get back out on the field on Friday night!”

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information about the team day program call the UTEP marketing department at (915) 747-6065.

Getting To Know GCU

GCU has started its season with an overall record of 1-3. The Lopes came up short in overtime against #21 Washington State (1-0, 8/19/18). GCU has returner McKenzie Cook, who led the team with five goals, five assists and 80 shots during the 2017 season. She has already registered 15 shots this year but has yet to put one in the back of the net. Goalkeeper Abby Burton has 28 saves and one shutout so far.

Series History Vs. GCU

The Miners lead the series against the Lopes, 2-0. The Orange and Blue won the first matchup, 2-1, at home (9/11/2015) and the second match on the road, 3-2 (8/28/16).

Getting to Know Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois first-year head coach Julie Colhoff has started the season with an overall 0-3 record. The Huskies have been outscored 12-0 in those matches, including an 8-0 loss in their matchup at Illinois (8/26/18). Haley Hoppe leads the team with five shots on goal while Natalie Yass has three shots on target. Megan Donnally has registered 25 saves for the Huskies.

Series History Vs. Northern Illinois: 

This will be the first meeting between the Miners and the Huskies.

Goals Galore

Going into the weekend, the Miners have scored 10 goals in four games. This is the first time since 2014 that the Orange and Blue have hit double digits for goals in just four contests. A chunk of those tallies came from the home opener against Lubbock Christian (6-1, 8/17/18). That win resulted in the most goals scored in a season opener since a 6-1 victory over Sam Houston State in 2007 (8/31).

Strong Across The Board

UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with nine players accounting for 10 goals. Vic Bohdan leads the team with two goals, while Danielle Carreon, Lauren Crenshaw, Anna Jimmerson, Jojo Ngongo, April Pate, Cayla Payne, Jackie Soto and Natalie Valentine have contributed to the offensive success.

Close Calls

Since the 6-1 home opener against Lubbock Christian (8/17/18), the Miners have faced closer calls with the last three matches being decided by one goal. UTEP knocked off Idaho State 2-1 (8/24/18), while falling short at Abilene Christian (1-0, 2OT, 8/19/18) and vs. UTRGV (3-2, 8/26/18).

The Game Plan

The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have yet to concede a goal in the first half. They put their attack to the test in the second half scoring the majority of their goals after the break (eight of 10).

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. She enters Friday’s match currently second for saves (360), save percentage (.833), third in shutouts (18), GK games started (63), saves per game (5.71), GK minutes played (5,785:40) and in GK matches played (63) and fifth for goals against average (1.12).

Palacios needs three shutouts to break Sarah Dilling’s (2011-14) school standard (20) while she is 79 saves shy of besting the program record (438) held by Amanda Smith (1996-99).

The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 249-169-30. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 207-121-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

A Unique Blend
UTEP’s roster of 23 for 2018 has a unique blend with 12 native Texans, seven individuals hailing from Canada and a quarter that call Arizona home.

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 of the 23 individuals are either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven). There are four juniors and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

Miners Fall 3-2 Against UTRGV

Lauren Crenshaw (60’) and Natalie Valentine (67’) got on the score sheet but the UTEP soccer team ultimately fell to The University of Texas Rio Grande, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at University Field.

UTRGV (2-2-0) received three second-half goals from Sarah Bonney (54’, 80’) and Emily Zapata (77’) to slip past the Miners (2-2-0).

“We didn’t have our shape on defense when UTRGV would go on the break,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We made mistakes that we can fix for our next game on Friday.”

The first half proved to be the calm before the storm with both teams struggling to find their groove under the scorching sun. The Miners were able to notch five shots, with two being on target. The Orange and Blue defended against four shots from UTRGV, forcing them all to be wide of the goal.

Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Palacios recorded all four of her saves in the second half. She was put to the test early on after the break. Palacios made consecutive saves in the 46th and 48th minute.

UTRGV was able to break the deadlock with the goal from Bonney in the 54th minute. UTRGV took advantage of a free kick taken by Gina Steiner, which hit off the cross bar and was finished inside the box by Bonney.

The Miners responded within five minutes, getting a penalty call in the 59th minute. Crenshaw stepped up to the spot and tucked the ball away in the bottom left corner. The junior defender netted her second career penalty kick goal for the Miners in the process.

UTEP kept up the momentum with a ball crossed into the box by Carleigh Simmons and controlled by Valentine. Under pressure in the box, Valentine fought off a defender and scored her first career goal, giving the Miners a 2-1 lead.

UTRGV picked up the first yellow card of the game, issued to Bonney (73’). The foul gave UTEP a free kick from 30 yards out. Simmons sent a perfect ball into the box, which was headed home by Anna Jimmerson but the sequence was wiped out on an offside call.

Given new life UTRGV tied the game with a long ball played ahead from Katherine Stokely to Zapata in the 77th minute.

UTRGV pressured the Miners late in the second half, earning a penalty call to go its way in the 80th minute. Bonney stepped up to the spot and netted her second goal of the game.

The Miners will close out their four-game homestand against Grand Canyon on Friday (7 p.m.) and Northern Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 2. (6 p.m.) Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

UTEP Soccer Bests the Bengals 2-1

The UTEP soccer team won its second consecutive game at home against the Idaho State Bengals, 2-1, on Friday night at University Field.

Sophomores Vic Bohdan and Cayla Payne put the Miners (2-1-0) in the lead with a goal each. The Bengals (0-1-0) received a tally from Lauren Ballinger (62’) but UTEP held on.

“Really proud of our team for getting the win tonight against a real physical team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We started the game really strong, we got the goals we needed enough to win the game.”

Alyssa Palacios was credited with four stops to secure the victory.

Bohdan set the pace early on for the Miners by scoring a goal which clocked in at 2:41, making her the 13th-fastest goal scorer in program history. Bohdan received the ball in the middle of the box where she back heeled it toward the goal. It bounced off the goalkeeper and she turned around to put it in the back of the net. The sophomore has two goals in three games which leads the team.

The Miners controlled the first half only giving away three shots, none of which were on goal and forcing six corner kicks in their favor.

Palacios was called to action for the first time in the second half after a soft shot was taken by the Bengals.

Payne (51’) scored the second goal for the Miners. In a counter attack play, Bohdan crossed the ball to the left side of the field past the defender where Payne controlled it and took a hard shot. The shot was blocked by the Bengal goalkeeper but Payne managed to get a last touch on the ball to add to the score.

The Bengals had the Miners on their heels during the second half by taking six shots, with five of those on goal. The goal by Ballinger (62’) came immediately after a shot saved by Palacios.

It was physical second half with 13 total fouls by both teams and one yellow card issued to UTEP’s Anna Jimmerson. The Miners were able to keep the lead against the constant attack by the Bengals.

The Miners will be back in action on Sunday against UTRGV kickoff at 1 p.m. MT at University Field. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

HP Sports In-Depth: Miners Open Four-Game Homestand Vs. Idaho State and UTRGV

The UTEP soccer team will open a slate of four straight home games beginning on Friday against Idaho State at 7 p.m. and continuing vs. UTRGV on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tickets for both matches are $5 for adults and $3 for youth and are available by calling 747-5234.

“UTEP Soccer is super excited to get on the field on Friday night for our annual Alumni Association Tailgate game sponsored by Rudy’s BBQ,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross. “We always look forward to this event and really appreciate the UTEP Alumni Association for hosting the event, and Rudy’s for the awesome barbecue.”

Friday will have the annual pre-game UTEP Alumni Association tailgate starting at 5:30 p.m. with free food from Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q while supplies last.

Additionally, UTEP will have its Youth Soccer Day Promotion on Sunday. Youth teams will receive free admission through the UTEP team day program or $2 as individuals. The first 150 fans in attendance will receive orange pom poms.

For more information about the team day program call the UTEP marketing department (915) 747-6065.

“We know that Idaho State plays with a lot of energy, and that they have players that can shoot from anywhere and score,” Cross said. “We are going to have to put in an entire team effort in order to secure a positive result.  We are excited to get to play in front of our amazing fans as they always give us a boost!  On Sunday it is youth soccer day where youth soccer players get into the game for $2.  We hope all the local soccer leagues and teams will come out and support UTEP soccer.  We have a very tough game versus UTRGV.  They have some explosive players, are very well coached and a tough team to beat.  We will need to play our best soccer.  We are looking forward to this weekend’s challenge, and are excited that the games are at home!”

Series History Vs. Idaho State

The Miners are 1-1-0 against the Bengals, with the Orange and Blue getting a 2-1 win in double overtime in Pocatello, Idaho (9/2/17). Both goals scorers from last year’s match return in Anna Jimmerson and Cayla Payne.

Getting To Know Idaho State

The Bengals are coming off a 3-14-1 overall record, including 2-7-1 in the Big Sky Conference. Idaho State returns its top goal scorer in sophomore Makena Bambei (five goals, one assist and 11 points).

Series History Vs. UTRGV

The only meeting against UTRGV was in 2016 with a 1-0 home victory for the Miners.

Getting To Know UTRGV

UTRGV is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with an overall record of 9-8-3, including 4-2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. UTRGV returns its top scorer in junior Sarah Bonney (five goals and six assists). Matilyn Hepker and Tuva Rolstadn Nilsen return to anchor the defense.

Strong Start For Pate

Sophomore April Pate got off to a hot start in the season opener against Lubbock Christian on Aug. 18, scoring a goal and adding two assists. She is the first UTEP sophomore since 2014 (Hannah Nicholson, vs. NM State 8/27) to record at least one goal and two helpers in a game.

Plenty Of Goals To Start The Season

The Miners opened the 2018 campaign with a 6-1 win over Lubbock Christian on Aug. 17, which are the most goals scored in a season opener since 6-1 victory over Sam Houston State in 2007 (8/31).

Sharing The Wealth

Six different Miners scored (April Pate, Jojo Ngongo, Anna Jimmerson, Vic Bohdan, Danielle Carreon and Jackie Soto) in the win over Lubbock Christian on Aug. 17.

It was the most individual goal scorers in a contest since last year when the Miners had seven different players find the back of the net in the 8-0 rout over New Mexico Highlands (9/13/17).

Palacios & The Career Rankings

Senior GK Alyssa Palacios has compiled some staggering numbers during her first three seasons in the Sun City. The result has been her stamping her name throughout the UTEP career record book. She enters Friday’s match currently second for saves (352), saves per game (5.8) and save percentage (.838), third in shutouts (18), GK games started (61) and GK minutes played (5,605) while placing tied for third in GK matches played (61) and fifth for goals against average (1.09).

Palacios needs three shutouts to break Sarah Dilling’s (2011-14) school standard (20) while she is 87 saves shy of besting the program record (438) held by Amanda Smith (1996-99).

Start It up

The Orange and Blue are 14-3-1 in season openers under Kevin Cross and 17-5-1 all time since the program’s inception in 1996. UTEP toppled Lubbock Christian 6-1.

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 248-168-30. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 206-120-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

A Unique Blend

UTEP’s roster of 23 for 2018 has a unique blend with 12 native Texans, seven individuals hailing from Canada and a quarter that call Arizona home.

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 of the 23 individuals are either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven). There are four juniors and five seniors who are providing leadership for the still relatively young group.

Miners Drop Tough Battle At Abilene Christian In Double Overtime 1-0

ABILENE – Senior Alyssa Palacios made seven saves and the Miners produced eight shots on goal but Abilene Christian spoiled UTEP’s hot start to the season, 1-0, in double overtime on Sunday.

Christina Arteaga (103’) scored for the Wildcats (1-0) on a shot from just outside the box.

“The loss in double overtime was very unfortunate and felt like a punch to the gut,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We give credit to Abilene Christian for always battling us year-after-year. We will learn from this game, as we are still a very young team. We are excited to play at home on Friday night.”

The Miners registered 12 total shots, with eight of those on target. Lauren Crenshaw led the team with four shots, forcing the Wildcat keeper Rachel Johnson to make three saves. Sophomore Vic Bohdan added to the attack with two total shots, with both of those being on target.

Sophomore Anna Jimmerson got her squad off to a quick start, putting the Wildcats under pressure with a shot in the third minute of the game. Crenshaw followed that with a shot from just outside the box, requiring Johnson to make a save in the 12th minute. Palacios notched three saves in the opening half, with one coming off a cross into the box that was shot from right in front of the goal.

Early in the second half sophomore Jackie Soto (48’) shot from outside the box, forcing Johnson to make a quick save. Bohdan followed up with a volley from a cross by April Pate that was saved by Johnson in the 50th minute.

Redshirt-freshman Nicole Pugsley got into the action by taking a chance from 20-yards out, but she put the ball just barely over the net in the 67th minute.

Palacios showed her talent in the final five minutes of regulation.  She kept the match scoreless by making consecutive saves in the 88th and 89th minute, pushing the game to overtime.

The Miners were unable to take a shot in both overtime periods. Palacios once again stepped up to the challenge, making a crucial save in the 96th minute.

Abilene Christian broke the deadlock in the 103rd minute with a long ball recovered by Arteaga that was finished from 20-yards out.

UTEP will return to University Field on Friday against Idaho State at 7 p.m. MT, the first game of a four-game homestand. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Gallery+Story: UTEP Soccer Starts Season in Dominating Fashion, Beating Lubbock Christian 6-1

The UTEP soccer team opened its 2018 season with a 6-1 win over Lubbock Christian University at University Field Friday night.

The Miners (1-0-0) dominated the second half with five of their six goals against the Lady Chaps coming after the break.

Jojo Ngongo (14’), Anna Jimmerson (47’), Vic Bohdan (56’), April Pate (64’), Danielle Carreon (69’) and Jackie Soto (77’) all scored their first goals of the season for the Orange and Blue. Alyssa Palacios registered three saves. Allison Scott (88’) spoiled the shutout with a penalty kick goal.

“We had a really good second half having five goals and five different people score,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We asked our team to high pressure and move more and it paid off in the second half. It was a beautiful night for soccer with a great crowd. We appreciate the cheerleaders and everybody coming out.”

The Miners got on the board first in the 14th minute with a goal by Ngongo, which was assisted by Pate. Pate crossed it into the box where Ngongo slid and tapped the ball past the goalkeeper.

UTEP controlled the first half with 10 shots, including five shots on goal. The Lady Chaps responded with four shots, one of which was on goal.

UTEP started the second half strong with a strike in the first two minutes by Jimmerson. The ball was crossed toward the goal by Nicole Pugsley before it was finished by Jimmerson. Shortly after that the Miners added to the scoreboard.

Bohdan shot the ball that was deflected by a defender into the goal at the 54th minute. The Miners continued to possess the ball before putting another one on the board.

Pate nailed the ball from outside the box into the goal in the 64th minute of the game. Before the Lady Chaps could catch their breath, the Miners were on the board in the 68th minute. Pate crossed the ball into the box to Carreon for another goal.

The final tally of the match for the Miners happened when Soto dribbled the ball past three defenders into the box. She then sailed the ball over the goalkeeper into the back of the net in the 76th minute. The Lady Chaps capitalized on a hand ball inside the box resulting in the aforementioned penalty kick.

UTEP will be back in action when it plays at Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. MT on Sunday.

Photo gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

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