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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.

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.

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