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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

H-P Sports In Depth: UTEP Soccer To Open 2018 Season This Weekend

The UTEP soccer team will launch its 23rd season at home against Lubbock Christian at 7 p.m. MT on Friday. The Miners will then travel to play against Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday’s game will be “Camper Reunion” game, with Miner soccer academy members getting in free. There will also be posters given away, along with schedule cards.

“We are really looking forward to this game,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We want to start off our season well. We know Alex and Lauren Denning, the Lubbock Christian coaches, and they always have an excellent team that is very well coached and highly motivated to play. We urge all of the UTEP soccer community to come out and cheer us on in the home opener, and start the 2018 UTEP athletic department season. We are also looking forward to seeing our 2018 UTEP soccer campers at the game as they get free admission for UTEP Soccer Camper Reunion Day.

“We have a very tough game playing away at Abilene Christian as we always have a battle when playing them. Most of our games versus them have gone to over time and been highly contested. They have a very good program. Abilene Christian beat us last year in over time in El Paso and they are always one of the hardest working teams on our schedule. Abilene Christian is very well coached, have some players that are difference makers and they never quit working. We will have to bring our highest energy level and not take a play off in order to secure a hard-fought road result. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

Start It up

The Orange and Blue are 13-3-1 in season openers under Kevin Cross and 16-5-1 all time since the program’s inception in 1996.

Series History Vs. Lubbock Christian

The Miners will face off against the Lady Chaps from the Heartland Conference for the first time in program history.

Series History Vs. Abilene Christian

UTEP and Abilene Christian are matching up for the sixth consecutive year. The Miners are 2-1-2 vs. the Wildcats but each of the contests has been extremely competitive with every game being decided one goal or less. Last year saw ACU capture its first win against the Miners with a 2-1 result at University Field.

Quick Overview On Lubbock Christian

NCAA Division II member Lubbock Christian forged a record of 9-7-2 last season, including a readout of 6-6-2 in Heartland Conference action. LCU brings back four starters from that squad. The Lady Chaps also have 12 newcomers in the mix.

Quick Overview On Abilene Christian

Abilene Christian posted a record of 8-10-2 in 2017, including a 6-5 mark in the Southland Conference. The Wildcats were projected to finish third in the 2018 SLC preseason poll and had four individuals (Christina Arteaga, Shay Johnson, Michelle Mulrooney and Dylan Owens) tabbed to the preseason All-Southland conference team. Overall 20 letter winners return for ACU.

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 247-167-30. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross, who sports a mark of 205-119-23 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 will feature a unit where 14 of the 23 individuals are either freshmen (seven) or sophomores (seven). There are four juniors and five seniors who will be able to provide leadership for the still relatively young group.

Diving Deeper Into The Roster

UTEP has 18 returning letter winners compared to just six letter winners lost-in addition to three individuals who sat out last season as a redshirt back in the fold for 2018. The Miners have eight starters back as well, giving head coach Kevin Cross a solid foundation to work with this year.

Stat Leaders Back

UTEP returns quite a bit of its talent from a year ago. The Miners have their top-three goal scorers (Vic Bohdan – six, Anna Jimmerson – six and Lauren Crenshaw – three) back in the mix. Overall the Orange and Blue return players responsible for 21 of the 27 goals scored last season.

In terms of assists the top three distributors (Bohdan – four, Crenshaw – three and Cayla Payne – two) return. Overall UTEP brings back individuals responsible for 12 of last season’s 15 helpers.

One-Two Punch

In 2017 Vic Bohdan and Anna Jimmerson paced the Miners in goals with six. It marked the first time at the school since 2004 that the top two goal scoring spots were occupied by freshmen. That year Jami Tullius and Cara Nordin each racked up 10 goals.

Returning All-Conference Honorees

UTEP brings back a pair of 2017 All-Conference USA performers in the form of sophomore forward Vic Bohdan (second team) and junior defender Lauren Crenshaw (third team). It marks the first occasion since 2015 that the Orange and Blue will have returned multiple all-league honorees.

The Miners also return senior GK Alyssa Palacios, who was a 2016 All C-USA third-team selection.

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 her final season in the Sun City currently second for saves (342), saves per game (5.80) and save percentage (.838), third in shutouts (18), GK games started (59) and GK minutes played (5,413) while placing fourth in GK matches played (59) and fifth for goals against average (1.10).

Palacios needs three shutouts to break Sarah Dilling’s (2011-14) school standard (20) while she is 97 saves why of besting the program record (438) held by Amanda Smith (1996-99).

UTEP Soccer Travels West To Face Arizona In Preseason Match

The UTEP soccer team will have a competitive test prior to the start of the 2018 regular season when it travels to play Pac-12 power Arizona in an exhibition contest at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday.

“We are looking forwatd to our game versus Arizona,” head coach Kevin Cross said. “We get a chance to evaluate the team and players in a meaningful game. They [Arizona] are a well coached team and very talented, it will be a great challenge for our squad.”

The Wildcats are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history after posting a record of 11-5-4 in 2017, including a 7-2-2 record in the Pac-12 and a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Last year, Arizona was able to slip past the Miners in a 2-1 exhibition match to prep for the season.

The Miners return 16 letterwinners from last season, compared to just six letterwinner lost. Leading the squad will be sophomore Vic Bohdan. She was named to the Conference USA Preseason Team after her impressive freshman year. Bohdan tied the team with six goals, four assists and 16 points. The Canada native was named to the 2017 All C-USA second team and the C-USA All-Freshman team.

UTEP’s five seniors (Alyssa Palacios-GK, Payton Ross-D, Carleigh Simmons-D, Sheridan Smith-F and Jodie Enokson-MF) will be counted on to serve as leaders on and off the pitch in 2018. While Smith will be playing her second year with the Miners after arriving as a transfer, Palacios, Ross and Simmons are three-year letter winners who have amassed a ton of experience.

Enokson is a two-year letter winner and will forgo her medical redshirt year. They have combined to play in 178 career matches, including 155 starts, while logging a total of 14,391 minutes.

Following the exhibition tilt against the Wildcats, UTEP will begin the season in earnest by hosting Lubbock Christian University on Friday, August 17 at University Field with kick off set for 7 p.m. MT.

Story in Many Pics: UTEP Soccer Media Day

The official kick-off of the 2018 UTEP Soccer season may be a few weeks away, but the team and select media members met on the pitch Wednesday to participate in Miner Media Day.

Media members took on the Miners in a PK competition as well as a ‘Best Goal Celebration’ competition.

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and brings you his view of the fun in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

 

 

UTEP Soccer’s Bohdan Named to the C-USA Women’s Soccer Preseason Team

IRVING, Texas – UTEP sophomore Vic Bohdan was named to the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Soccer Preseason Team, the league announced on Monday.

Bohdan is one of 11 players to make the list and just one of two sophomores earning preseason honors.

“Vic[toria] had one of the best freshman season in UTEP soccer history,” head coach Kevin Cross said. “She was an electric player on the field and has grown a lot as a sophomore. We are very proud of her.”

The Canada native was named to the 2017 C-USA Second Team and All-Freshman Team. Bohdan became the first freshman in program history to top the squad in three major offensive stat categories (goals, assists and points) for a season. She notched six goals, four assists and 16 points over the 2017 campaign.

Bohdan started 18 of 19 games played while logging a total of 1,426 minutes. She scored in back-to-back games against the University of Incarnate Word and Stephen F. Austin, providing the game winning goal in each of those contests.

The 2018 soccer season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 17, with the Miners opening a six-game home stand against Lubbock Christian University.

The entire 2018 C-USA preseason team is below.

Megan Greene, Charlotte, Jr., F

Ebba Blomqvist, Florida Atlantic, Sr., D/MF

Nomvula Kgoale, Luisiana Tech, Sr., D

*Peyton DePriest, Middle Tennessee, So., F

^Dominique James, North Texas, Jr., D

Iris Achterhof, Old Dominion, Sr., F

Maya Hoyer, Rice, Jr., GK

Annie Walker, Rice., Sr., F

Ola Akinniyi, Southern Miss, Sr., D/F

Kelsey Daugherty, UAB, Sr., GK

Victoria Bohdan, UTEP, So., F

*Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

^Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Video+Story: Special to the Herald-Post: Raise the Pick – Alyssa Palacios

Not everybody is built to face an object traveling upwards of 50 mph aimed at them repeatedly over 90 minutes.

For Alyssa Palacios, becoming a soccer goalie was an innate function, one that was fused with past experience and family tradition.

“A lot of people were scared of the ball,” Palacios said of why she became a soccer goalie. “It came to me more naturally. I was already kind of catching it when I was younger. Also, my older sister was a goalie first and I wanted to be like my bigger sister. Once I was put at (goalie) I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

That prowess between the posts allowed Palacios, currently a junior kinesiology major, to earn a Division I scholarship from The University of Texas at El Paso to continue her passion for soccer and earn a college degree.

Palacios wasn’t always just into soccer. For years she also played volleyball and basketball. Once she got to a certain age, her soccer club coach said she needed to commit to one sport.

“I liked soccer the best and I couldn’t stop playing it,” she said.

Part of Palacios’ education while at UTEP has included learning about El Paso and herself.

“I was kind of nervous coming here because it’s a new place and I didn’t really know anyone that well,” Palacios said. “My mom said, ‘Alyssa, you’re going to have 24 friends naturally.’ I feel like the cool part is having the team, the girls.”

After initially being hesitant about attending UTEP, those reservations went away once the Dallas-area native visited the campus and El Paso became a second home to her.

“I didn’t think the campus was going to be as beautiful as it is,” Palacios said of her recruiting visit. “I was here for a Friday night game and that was unreal how much the stands were packed and everybody was so into it. I thought it just looked really fun.”

Her family — especially her extended family — were nervous about her attending UTEP. Now they are unofficial ambassadors for El Paso.

“My parents come to so many of the games and they try to bring different family members, too,” Palacios said. “The family that have come out here love it, too, and they want to come back. My family would say, ’Now that we see it, we love it. We’re comfortable with you being there.’ You just have to see it to understand.”

Palacios has been solid on and off the field, earning the following honors:

  • 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • 2016 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • 2016 All C-USA Third Team
  • 2015 All-Freshman C-USA Team

She started 58 straight games throughout her UTEP career before sitting out a couple of games in fall 2017 due to injury.

“Alyssa embodies UTEP soccer,” said UTEP Head Coach Kevin Cross. “She is tough as nails, and she will do anything for UTEP soccer to make a save. She has rewritten the UTEP soccer goalkeeping record book. I am so thankful for her ‘saving’ us so many times.”

Palacios’ plans after graduation aren’t set in stone. She is contemplating taking a year off after graduation to attempt to play soccer professionally overseas as one of her cousins did. She eventually wants to return to the United States to coach or work in sports marketing.

But all that can wait. For now, Palacios is ready to enjoy her senior year, her second home and continue to be thankful for the opportunity a Division I scholarship to UTEP has provided.

“It’s meant everything (to me),” Palacios said of the scholarship. “I just knew if I didn’t go through soccer I wasn’t going to get the full college experience of getting to live in a dorm and the whole campus life. I’ve been able to meet all these people from different places and do different things. I am so grateful I get to go to school and play soccer.”

Raise the Pick: This is part of a series about UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they create for the future.

Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Raise the Pick campaign.

Author: Leonard Martinez – UTEP Communications

Miners Release 2018 Soccer Schedule

Match-ups with rivals New Mexico and NM State in addition to playing 11 home games highlight the 2018 UTEP soccer schedule, as announced by head coach Kevin Cross Tuesday.

It is the second consecutive year that the Miners will battle both the Lobos and Aggies in the same season, something that prior to last season had never occurred. Additionally for the second time in as many seasons UTEP will turn up for the campaign by locking up with Pacific 12 program Arizona (Aug. 11) in an exhibition game, but this time it will be on the road.

“UTEP Soccer is very excited about the 2018 season,” Cross said. “We have been working very hard this spring with our young team, and look forward to showcasing how good we are in the season. We want to be in Old Dominion for the Conference USA Championship in November so that we can make a run at winning a championship. UTEP Soccer is known as having the best fans in Conference USA, and we appreciate the great support!”

UTEP kicks off the season in earnest by playing host to division II program Lubbock Christian (8/17). Following a road match-up at ACU (Aug. 19), the Orange and Blue will be home for four straight contests in the form of Idaho State (Aug. 24), UTRGV (Aug. 26), Grand Canyon (Aug. 31) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 2). The Miners then hit the road to play at I-25 foe New Mexico state (Sept. 7) and at Texas State (Sept. 9).

For the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the past seven seasons, the Miners will open up C-USA action on the road with a tilt at FIU (Sept. 16). The other league road matches will be at WKU (Oct. 7), at LA Tech (Oct. 11), at Southern Miss (Oct. 14) and at UTSA (Oct. 26).

UTEP’s home league opener comes against Marshall (Sept. 20). The Miners will pause C-USA play when they welcome I-10 rival NM State (Sept. 23) to town before stepping back in for home tilts against UAB (Sept. 27) and Middle Tennessee (Sept. 30). The other C-USA contests on the docket for University Field are Charlotte (Oct. 18) and Old Dominion (Oct. 21).

Old Dominion will play host to the 2018 C-USA Championships (Oct. 31-Nov. 4). The top-eight finishers in C-USA play will qualify for the league’s pinnacle event, with the winner staking C-USA’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championships.

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UTEP Soccer Unveils 2018 Signing Class

Six prep standouts have signed national letters of intent and will compete for the UTEP soccer team starting in fall 2018, UTEP head coach Kevin Cross revealed Wednesday.

Chardonnae Harvey, Jojo Ngongo, Ayana Noel and Hayley Vaughan join Analyse Abrams-Malone and Maya Warrior, who enrolled for the spring 2018 semester, to comprise the six-member signing class.

Below are brief write-ups on the newest Miners.

Analyse Abrams-Malone
All-District MVP who broke the Terrell High School record for single-season goals with 78 in 2016-17 … ranked first in Texas and second nationally for goals scored … also tabbed to first-team All-District team … in 2015-16 was the District MVP and first-team All-District honoree as well … in 2014-15 secured the District MVP and first-team All-District accolades … also voted as the All-District Midfielder of the Year … played four years of ECNL soccer with the Dallas Sting … thankful of her parents for being a strong supporter and attending every game and practice … also appreciated the encouragement from Kenny Medina … has dreamed of playing collegiate soccer since the age of five.

Chardonnae Harvey
Three-time All-District honoree, garnering a spot on the first team as a sophomore and junior while landing on the second team as a freshman … earned the recognition while competing with the varsity team for Forney High School … competes with FC Dallas 99’ East at the club level … thankful to God, her grandmother (Pearl Presley), mother (Tamekia Presley), father (Kevin Harvey), Coach Toni and Peter Smith.

Jojo Ngongo
Striker who has played for Portage Trail soccer club and the Bonivital soccer club while competing at the Manitoba Summer games, Western Canada Games and the Canada Games … has also trained with the provincial team … was invited and a part of the regional excel program in Manitoba … named as the Player of the Year at Portage Trail soccer club … would like to recognize Jim Zinko, Jorge Cabral, Chuck Medeiros, Amy Anderson and her mom (Rukiya Lela) for her endless and continued support.

Ayana Noel
Competes with FC Durham Academy under Coach Rocky … while with the Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC) was 2014 league champions … in 2015 helped squad claim the spring, fall and league title … in the Ontario Women’s Soccer League (OWSL) helped team secure the 2016 U21 Regional Central East crown … received the golden boot award after scoring 22 times during the season … secured the 2017 U21 Provincial Elite Central division championship.

Hayley Vaughan
Past two years has played with Surrey United of the British Columbia Soccer Premier League (BCSPL), leading the team to multiple league wins and a Provincial Cup Championship in 2016 … garnered a silver medal at the 2017 Provincial Cup … previously played for Fraser Valley FC U15, guiding her squad to the Provincial Cup Final and a silver medal … started competing in the BCSPL at the age of 13 … began playing soccer at the age of three on a co-ed team … also serves as the head coach of the junior soccer team at her high school … played lacrosse in the offseason, winning a gold with the national team … thankful of her teammates, coaches, parents (Carrie-Anne and Neil) and especially her litter brother Trevor for supporting and challenging her throughout the years.

Maya Warrior
Competes with Central High School (Keller, Texas) … named the All-District Defender of the Year in her junior campaign after returning from an ACL injury … as a freshman was a second-team All-District honoree … played for the U14, U15, U16 and U16 Dallas Texans ECNL teams while also competing with the U19 Dallas Texans DA team

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UTEP Soccer Lands Two Prep Standouts

High school prep standouts Analyse Abrams-Malone (Terrell High School) and Maya Warrior (Central High School) have signed financial agreements and have enrolled at UTEP.

“We are very excited to have Maya and Analyse join our UTEP Soccer family this semester,” Cross said. “This is a huge opportunity for both of them and for UTEP Soccer to have two incoming players gain a semester of experience with the program before their freshman season begins in the fall. Analyse is a goal scorer and will help us in that category for sure. Maya is a leader of the defense and captained her Dallas Texans DA club this fall. UTEP Soccer is very excited for an excellent spring semester.”

They will compete with the soccer team starting in the fall of 2018, head coach Kevin Cross announced Tuesday.

Below are brief write-ups on Abrams-Malone and Warrior.

Analyse Abrams-Malone
All-District MVP who broke the Terrell High School record for single-season goals with 78 in 2016-17 … ranked first in Texas and second nationally for goals scored … also tabbed to first-team All-District team … in 2015-16 was the District MVP and first-team All-District honoree as well … in 2014-15 secured the District MVP and first-team All-District accolades … also voted as the All-District Midfielder of the Year … played four years of ECNL soccer with the Dallas Sting … thankful of her parents for being a strong supporter and attending every game and practice … also appreciated the encouragement from Kenny Medina … has dreamed of playing collegiate soccer since the age of five.

Maya Warrior
Competes with Central High School (Keller, Texas) … named the All-District Defender of the Year in her junior campaign after returning from an ACL injury … as a freshman was a second-team All-District honoree … played for the U14, U15, U16 and U16 Dallas Texans ECNL teams while also competing with the U19 Dallas Texans DA team.

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UTEP Soccer’s Bohdan, Crenshaw Grab Honors From Conference USA

IRVING, Texas- UTEP freshman forward Vic Bohdan (second team) and sophomore defender Lauren Crenshaw (third team) have been voted as 2017 All-Conference USA performers, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Additionally Bohdan earned placement on the league’s All-Freshman team.

Bohdan becomes the first Miner freshman to garner a spot on an all-conference team since Aleah Davis did so in 2013 and the ninth overall in program history. It is Crenshaw’s first all-league recognition, but she was an all-freshman team member in 2016.

“We are very proud of Vic and Lauren being recognized by the Conference USA coaches and being named to the Conference USA all-conference team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “This is a huge honor for both of these underclassmen. Both Vic and Lauren were impact players in many games this season, and probably showed up on a lot of team’s scouting reports of us. I do think the best is yet to come for both of these players as they are both going to improve this off season. We have a strong future with these two young players.”

Bohdan shared for the team lead in goals (six) while pacing it in assists (four), points (16), shots (52) and shots on goal (27). She becomes the first Miner freshman in program history to top the squad the three major offensive stat categories (goals, assists and points) for a season. Bohdan also provided two match-winning tallies.

She was the initial UTEP freshman since 2006 with back-to-back multiple goal games when she scored twice against both UIW (9/7) and Stephen F. Austin (9/10). She also found the back of the net at North Texas (10/6) and at UTSA (10/27).

Crenshaw was one of four Miners to start every match of the season. She helped UTEP post four shutouts while holding seven other teams to one goal. She also used her unique skillset to jump into the attack at the opportune time.

She ranked second on the team with three assists while also scoring a trio of goals, including the matchwinner at UTSA (10/27). Crenshaw also tallied goals against New Mexico Highlands (9/13) and vs. Middle Tennessee (10/15).

The Miners have now had at least two all-league honorees for seven straight seasons.

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Crenshaw’s Golden Goal Sends UTEP Past UTSA, 2-1, In Season Finale

SAN ANTONIO – Sophomore Lauren Crenshaw scored a golden goal (109’) to lift the UTEP soccer team to a 2-1 victory at UTSA in the season finale for both squads Friday evening. Vic Bohdan (42’) also scored for the Miners (8-11, 4-6 Conference USA), on a feed from Jeanna Mullen.

The Roadrunners (3-14, 2-8 C-USA) received a goal from Kaja Skare (48’).

Caley Leask (five saves) and Alyssa Palacios (one save) split time in net for the Orange and Blue.

“We finished the season on a high note,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “Lauren Crenshaw made a big time shot. It is a great feeling to end on a win. We are very thankful for our three seniors and all that they have given to UTEP Soccer – G (Jeanna Mullen), KC (Kennadie Chaudhary), and Devyn (Hunley).”

Palacios made a sensational diving stop to simply rob Ellis Patterson from the middle of the box in the eight minute.

The Miners then went on the offensive with Vic Bohdan taking a turnaround shot but it was stopped by UTSA’s GK Michelle Cole in the 10th minute.

UTEP earned a corner kick but UTSA cleared the ball away. The Miners then send it back in but the play was called offside. In the 18th minute UTEP had a great chance when there was a brilliant strike by Jackie Soto that bested Patterson but clanked off the post and stayed out of the goal.

Bohdan utilized a sliding shot to put one on target in the 30th minute but Cole was able to come up with the save.

The Orange and Blue broke through to take the lead in the 42nd minute when Mullen threaded the needle with a pass to a cutting Bohdan. The freshman took the pass in stride and then buried it past Cole for her team-tying sixth goal of the season.

UTSA found the equalizer in the 48th minute when Kaja Skare chipped a shot to the far left post that bested Leask to knot the score, 1-1.

The Roadrunners vied to pull ahead three minutes later but Leask punched the shot by Katieann Lochte away.

UTEP then launched a counter offensive for Jackie Soto but her shot was wide of the frame. Kori Lewis then tried a long-range shot but it was controlled by Cole.

Jeanna Mullen fired a left-footed shot the bounced in on Cole but she came up with the save in the 68th minute.

Leask delivered a save on Patterson in the 82nd minute and then the Miners’ defense blocked a shot in the 90th minute to send the match to overtime.

Leask was called upon in the 92nd minute, making the save on the shot by Channing Machen. Four minutes later she was needed again, this time registering the point-blank save on Machen.

UTEP went on the attack in the 98th minute but Cayla Payne’s shot attempt whistled wide.

Halfway through the second OT period Patterson whistled a shot that hit the crossbar and then the Orange and Blue defense cleared the ball out of harms’ way.

The Miners went back to work offensively with Crenshaw finding the back of the net with just under two minutes to play in the match. She rocketed the shot into the far left corner of the frame.

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H-P Sports In Depth: UTEP Soccer To Conclude 2017 Season At UTSA Friday

The UTEP soccer team (7-11, 3-6 Conference USA) will look to close out the 2017 season on a high note when it plays at UTSA (3-13, 2-7 C-USA) at 6 p.m. MT Friday. The match will serve as the regular-season finale for both squads.

“We are looking forward to finishing off the season on a positive note,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “UTSA has become one of our rivalry games, so we know they will play with lots of energy, especially since the game is in San Antonio. UTSA has a very deep roster and they play very hard. It will be a challenge, and we look forward to the game.”

Going Back In Time
UTEP defeated Marshall, 2-0, on its “Senior Night” on Oct. 19 behind goals from Anna Jimmerson and Aylin Villalobos while freshman Caley Leask recorded four saves in her collegiate debut. The Miners then hit the road where they were edged at Florida Atlantic, 1-0, on Oct. 22 despite having an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal.

Series History Vs. UTSA
UTEP is 5-0-1 all-time against UTSA, including having won the past four meetings. The Miners are 1-0-1 when facing the Roadrunners in San Antonio, site of this year’s match-up. The past two affairs have been decided by one goal, including a 3-2 home UTEP victory on Oct. 14, 2016, last season.

Brief Rundown On The Roadrunners
UTSA (3-13, 2-7 Conference USA) defeated Abilene Christian, 2-1, in its season opener on Aug. 18 before proceeding to drop its final six non-conference contests. The Roadrunners got off to a 1-1 start in C-USA play only to lose their next six in league play. UTSA got back on track, though, by virtue of a 4-2 road victory at FIU last time out on Oct. 22.

The four goals set a season high. Offensively Ellis Patterson (four goals) and Channing Machen (three goals) are the top two scoring threats. Sarah Bayhi (three) paces the team in assists. Michelle Cole has earned the bulk of the playing time in net, recording 56 total saves.

Leask Makes Debut
With an injury to Alyssa Palacios, who had started the first 58 games of her career, UTEP turned to freshman GK Caley Leask to step in at the pressure-packed position. She did an admirable job, turning away all four shots faced to record a shutout in her first career contest in the 2-0 win against Marshall on Oct. 19.

Leask followed that up by registering five saves in a 1-0 setback at Florida Atlantic on Oct. 22. Her save percentage for the two games was a sensational 90.0 percent.

Chaudhary’s Corner
Kennadie Chaudhary is one of three seniors on the squad for the Miners, and she’s made the most of her final go-around with the Orange and Blue. She has scored four goals, which sets a seasonal career high. The most important of those was the game-winning tally with just 59 seconds remaining in regulation at Southern Miss to lift UTEP to a 1-0 triumph in its Conference USA opener on Sept. 17. Making Chaudhary’s offensive exploits even more impressive is the fact her four goals have come on 12 shots on target.

Not Just A Defender
While sophomore Lauren Crenshaw has made her mark on defense in 2017, she’s also used her unique skillset to jump into the attack at the opportune time. The most recent example of that came in the 3-1 setback against Middle Tennessee on Oct 15. Crenshaw picked up a ball in space, headed up the pitch and buried it past a diving keeper for her second goal of the campaign. She also ranks second on the squad in assists (three).

Three-Headed Attack
Freshman Anna Jimmerson (six) freshman Vic Bohdan (five) and senior Kennadie Chaudhary (four) have combined to score 15 of UTEP’s 25 goals on the season. Bohdan also paces the squad in assists (four), points (14), shots (47) and shots on goal (24).

Freshmen Firepower
Freshmen Anna Jimmerson (six) and Vic Bohdan (five) have proven to be the top scoring threats for the Miners in 2017. The last time UTEP had a freshman pace the team in goals scored was 2006 with Tameka Sumter (13). You have to go back to 2004 to find the last time the top-two spots were held by freshmen when Jami Tullius and Cara Nordin each recorded 10 goals.
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Save The Day
Alyssa Palacios has compiled 98 saves (first C-USA/19th nation) in 2017 (6.13 saves/match-first C-USA/27th nation), including matching her career high with 10 saves against both New Mexico on Aug. 27 and Old Dominion on Oct. 1. She started the year fourth place on the career Miner charts but with 341 saves has now climbed into second all-time. She has surpassed both Sarah Dilling (317; 2011-14) and Brittany Poppoff (270; 2004-07). The school record holder is Amanda Smith (438; 1996-99).

Up To The Task
Not only has Alyssa Palacios piled up the saves, she has done so at outstanding percentage. In 2017 Palacios is turning away 81.7 percent (fifth C-USA/89th nation) of shots faced, which has allowed her to continue to currently hold the top spot for that category in the Miners’ record books. For her career Palacios has recorded 341 saves while allowing only 66 goals for a percentage of 83.8 percent.

Start Her Up
Junior GK Alyssa Palacios started the first 16 matches of the season, playing a total of 1478:06 minutes (fourth C-USA/112th nation). That has elevated her to 58 starts since joining UTEP. The effort has vaulted her into third place on the UTEP career charts for starts by a GK. Palacios missed both games last week with an injury.

Shutout City
With three shutouts this year, junior GK Alyssa Palacios has elevated her career total to 18 which pulls her into a tie for third place on the Miner all-time charts. The effort has also put her within striking distance of program-record holder Sarah Dilling (20;2011-14) and her next shutout will break the tie with Brittany Popoff (2004-07) while also moving her past Amanda Smith (18.5; 1996-99).

Third Time’s The Charm
For the third time of her career, Alyssa Palacios has garnered the C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week award. She was named it most recently on Sept. 18 after her dominant performance against Southern Miss (9/17/16) when she made six saves, including a one-vs.-one stop, on the way to notching her second shutout of the year. She was particularly strong in the first half, being called upon to deliver five saves.

Soto Shines Vs. Charlotte
Freshman Jackie Soto stepped up in a big way against Charlotte on Sept. 29, delivering her first career goal and game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory against the then C-USA league leaders. In the 20th minute she stole the ball and headed up the pitch. She then absolutely rocketed it into upper 90’s country past a helpless Charlotte GK.

UTEP Turned It Around
After dropping its first five matches, including four in overtime or double overtime, UTEP turned it around by winning five straight and six of the next seven games to climb all the way back to .500 on the year on two separate occasions. It marked the first time in program history that a team had been at least five games below .500 and managed to get all the way back to even.

All Good Things Must End
UTEP’s five-game winning streak came to a close with a hard-fought 1-0 loss vs. UAB on Sept. 22. The Miners outscored the opposition, 16-2, during the winning streak, which included three shutout victories.

Big Win
UTEP smoked DII program New Mexico Highlands, 8-0, on Sept. 13. It marked the largest shutout victory at the school since an 11-0 conquest of Grambling State in 2006. Additionally the eight goals tied as the eighth most in a single game in program history. Seven different Miners scored in the contest.

Working Overtime
For the first time in program history UTEP went to overtime in four straight contests to start the season. Overall the Miners have played overtime soccer five times in 2017. The five OT games tie as the fifth most on the Miner single-season charts.

Freshmen Power In OT
Redshirt-freshman Cayla Payne hammered home a cross from true freshman Vic Bohdan to lift the Miners to a 2-1 overtime win at Idaho State on Sept. 3. It marked the first time in program history that UTEP had an OT winner where both the goal scorer and individual credited with an assist were both freshmen.

Close Calls
For the third time in program history (2008, 2015) the first four matches of the season were decided by one goal or less. The trend has continued since that point. Overall 11 of the 18 contests, including five in league play, have been of the one-goal variety.

Youth Served
Even though the Miners returned 13 letter winners, including six starters, they are notably young in 2017. Of the 27 student-athletes on the roster, 20 are either freshmen (12) or sophomores (eight). There are only three seniors and four juniors.

Cross Joins Club 200
In his 17th year as the Miners’ head coach Kevin Cross has joined an exclusive club in UTEP Athletics history. At 204-119-23 he is the fifth head coach in Miner sports history to reach 200 career wins at the school (reached it with 2-1 victory vs. Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 10, 2017). Previously Don Haskins (men’s basketball, 719-354), Norm Brandl (volleyball, 355-337), Keitha Adams (women’s basketball, 284-209) and co-head coaches James and Kathleen Rodriguez (softball, 211-325) achieved the feat. Cross also has the fourth-most tenured run by a Miner head coach. He trails Haskins (37 years), Jere Pelletier (women’s golf, 22 years and counting) and Bob Kitchens (track & field, 22 years).

Trailing Only Haskins
Not only has Kevin Cross joined the 200+ win club at UTEP (did so with 2-1 win vs. Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 10, 2017), he has done so in style. His winning percentage stands at 62.5 percent (204-119-23). That figure trails only Hall of Fame Coach Don Haskins (men’s basketball) among the 200+ victory UTEP head coach club. Haskins had a 67.0 winning percentage (719-354) in his 37 seasons roaming the sidelines.

The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 22nd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 246-165-30. The Miners are under the direction of 17th-year head coach Kevin Cross, who sports a mark of 204-119-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

RPI Success
One of the best ways to measure a team’s worth across the board is the RPI, and that’s an area UTEP has thrived in. The Miners have produced a top-100 RPI in five of the eight past seasons and 10 times total under Kevin Cross, including a program-best 31 in 2005. Additionally, the Miners have secured a spot in the NSCAA Central Region top-10 poll in 11 of the past 13 seasons.

Matter Of Consistency
The Miners have averaged 12 wins while appearing in three conference title games and one NCAA tournament (2005, second round) under Kevin Cross. UTEP is one of 12 programs nationwide (325+ programs) to have hit 10+ wins in each year since 2002. Joining the Miners are Boston College, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, North Texas, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Virginia and West Virginia.

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