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UTEP Routs New Mexico Highlands 8-0

Seven different Miners scored goals in an 8-0 vanquishing of Division II New Mexico Highlands Wednesday evening at University Field.

Cayla Payne (12’), Kennadie Chaudhary (19), Anna Jimmerson (23’, 29) and Aylin Villalobos (42’) found the back off the net in the first half to give UTEP a 5-0 lead at the break. Lauren Crenshaw (50’), April Pate (73’) and Danielle Carreon (80’) all scored in the second half. Vic Bohdan (two), Kori Lewis, Dynastee Cain and Crenshaw each were credited with assists. Alyssa Palacios (three) and Cain (two) combined to make five saves for the shutout.

The Miners (4-5) have now peeled off four consecutive victories and close out non-conference play in style thanks to the effort against the Cowgirls (0-3-1).

“We told them to play it like a championship match,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We started strong and got to use the whole roster, which was real good experience for us. I feel real good about the team. The chemistry has come together. It feels a whole lot better.”

In the second minute UTEP earned a corner kick and got a high-floating shot from Lewis as result but NMHU GK Brianna Ruelas made the save.

The Miners got on the board in the 14th minute. Bohdan made a tremendous run up the left wing and was able to turn the corner and bear down on Ruelas. To her credit Ruelas came up with the save but before she could grab the rebound Payne hammered it into the back of the net.

Off the kickoff NMHU headed up the pitch and registered its first shot on goal of the game but Palacios turned away the try by Breanna Fatten.

UTEP pushed its lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute thanks to a beautiful sequence of soccer. Bohdan possessed the ball and sent it to Lewis, who immediately played it to a cutting Chaudhary. Chaudhary took one touch and then laced the shot into the lower, right corner of the net.

Just three minutes later the Miners were at it again. A bouncing ball in the box was controlled by Jimmerson, who unleashed a rocket toward the net. It deflected off a defender but still ended up into the back of the net. Jimmerson was just getting started, though, as she scored perhaps the prettiest goal of the year in the 29th minute. Crenshaw fed her a ball into the box and she used a back-heel one-timer to redirect the ball past a frozen Ruelas.

Villalobos made it a 5-0 game when she sent a laser of a shot into upper 90’s country off a free kick in the 42nd minute.

Early in the second half Jimmerson was taken down in the box and the Miners were awarded a penalty kick. Crenshaw calmly stood over the ball and buried it into the lower, right corner of the box.

Cross emptied his bench and UTEP, armed with the six-goal lead, was content to possess while only attacking after stringing together several passes. One such situation arose in the 73rd minute when Cain flicked on a pass toward Pate. She controlled it and then unleashed a low, hard shot that ended up in the lower, right corner of the net to afford.

A giveaway in the 80th minute led to a golden opportunity for Carreon, who had an empty net. She knew what to do with it, easily burying the chance.

The Miners will now turn their attention to their 10-game Conference USA slate which kicks off at Southern Miss at 12 p.m. MT Sunday.

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Cross Notches 200th Win As Miners Rally Past SFA 2-1

Vic Bohdan (46’, 58’) scored two second half goals to help the UTEP soccer team rally past Stephen F. Austin, 2-1, for its third straight victory at University Field Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Kevin Cross notched career victory number 200 with the effort, making him just the fifth head coach in Miner athletic history across the board to achieve the feat.

The Lady Jacks (3-3) received an early goal from Madison Hall (14’) and led the Miners (3-5) 1-0 at the break but UTEP regrouped to post the come-from-behind victory. Alyssa Palacios was credited with four saves in the match and UTEP had an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal for the game. Soto assisted on Bohdan’s match winner.

“It was a great team effort, especially the second half,” Cross said. “In the first half we were chasing the game a bit and we got things sorted out. We started getting first to the ball and attacking them, and that changed the game. It’s quite a milestone (200 wins), and I’m very thankful I’ve gotten to be here so long to coach so many good teams and players. It’s a credit to them for all of those wins. I’m very blessed.”

There was good pressure early on by the Miners to earn a corner kick in the second minute but the header attempt by Bohdan was errant. Four minutes later SFA generated its first chance of the contest with a rocket shot from Hall but Palacios stood her ground to deliver the save.

A bouncing ball in the box afforded Kori Lewis a good chance but her left-foot shot was handled by Lady Jack GK Madeline Talbot.

The visitors got on the board first, doing so in the 14th minute. The ball was batted around in the box off a corner kick before it was controlled by Hanna Barker, who sent it to Hall. Hall laced a shot through traffic that effectively screened Palacios, and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

UTEP vied for the equalizer in the 20th minute with Bohdan darting through the defense. She then spun and drilled a shot but Talbot responded with a diving stop. SFA then worked the ball up the pitch, firing a pair of shots but the Orange and Blue defense blocked away each of the opportunities.

In the 33rd minute the Orange and Blue earned a corner kick. Carleigh Simmons played an outstanding ball into the area but somehow the Lady Jacks were able to defend it cleanly. Seven minutes later UTEP garnered another corner kick and Natalie Valentine was left open in the area.

She rifled a shot but it unfortunately had too much pace and air mailed over the goal.

UTEP got the start it needed in the second half with Bohdan dribbling into the box. She then spun and blasted a shot past Allyson Smith, who dove but was unable to come up with the ball. The Miners continued to pressure following the equalizer, unleashing three shots in a span of a minute but SFA staved it off. The continual attack proved too much in the 58th minute with a pair of freshmen teaming up for a sensational sequence of soccer. Soto flew up the wing before crossing it over to Bohdan, who hammered it just under the bar with her left foot.

The Lady Jacks found their offensive rhythm after falling behind, but Palacios was on top of her game. She made a leaping save on a shot seemingly destined for the upper right corner on to rob Mari Gillespie in the 61st minute before denying Sophia Fondren with a dive in the 66th minute.

Bohdan, after a quick breather, tested Smith with a pair of shots with about 10 minutes to play. Both times, though, Smith was able to register saves and UTEP couldn’t convert on the ensuing corner kicks. The close calls proved to be a moot point as the Miners closed out the game in style.

UTEP will take aim at its fourth consecutive victory when it plays host to NM Highlands at 7 p.m. MT Wednesday. All fans who wear orange to the final non-conference match of the year will get in free.

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UTEP Races Past Incarnate Word 3-0

Vic Bohdan (7’) and Anna Jimmerson (10’) both scored to give UTEP a two-goal lead 10 minutes in, and it never looked back on the way to downing Incarnate Ward, 3-0, at a blustery University Field Friday evening.

Bohdan (62’) added an insurance goal midway through the second half for the Miners (2-5), who looked and controlled play throughout the contest against the Cardinals (0-3) to secure their second consecutive victory.

Alyssa Palacios was credited with six saves in posting her first shutout of the season.

“I was really proud of the team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “It was a great team effort today. We used the whole roster. A lot of players played really well, stepped up and showed their character. I was really proud to get the shutout. It was nice to put two back-to-back performances together.”

In the fourth minute a great thru ball sprung Bohdan up the left wing. Her shot was blocked away for a corner kick but the UIW GK Sydney Huntsinger punched it clear. Three minutes later Bohdan took possession of the ball deep in the box. She dribbled past Huntsinger and then buried the shot into the empty net.

UTEP pushed the advantage to 2-0 when Jimmerson won a ball at the top of the box. She then fired a low, hard shot that Huntsinger dove but was unable to come up with it.

A promising chance in the 15th minute was wiped away by an offside call. UIW then looked to counter attack, resulting in a shot on goal by Jade Piper that Palacios cleanly corralled.
Devyn Hunley had an outstanding rip in the 23rd minute but Huntsinger timed her leap perfectly to punch it up and over the frame.

A foul in a dangerous spot gave UIW a golden chance in the 35th minute but Palacios was up to the task. She tracked and delivered the save on Sam Batley’s shot that curved over the wall.

Play turned a bit chippy to start the second half, with matching yellow cards on a Miner and Cardinal coming in the 49th minute.

Jimmerson vied for her second goal of the game with a header in the 53rd minute but the GK was able to come up with the save. Four minutes later Bohdan had a great look on a near-post shot but she was denied.

In the 62nd minute Bohdan was not to be denied. She picked off a ball in space, cut into the area and rifled a shot that kissed the cross bar and bounced directly into the back of the net to make it 3-0 Miners.

Piper and the Cardinals vied to get on the board in the 66th minute but Palacios would not have it. She registered the save on the shot by Jade Piper.

UTEP continued to maintain possession and dictate tempo down the stretch, closing out the contest in style.

The Miners will continue their homestand when they welcome perennial power Stephen F. Austin to town for a 12 p.m. kickoff on Sunday. It will be “Youth Soccer Day” and all kids (12 and younger) will get in free.

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H-P Sports In Depth: UTEP Soccer Looks To Build Momentum At Home

The UTEP soccer team returns home to start a three-game homestand which will close out non-conference play by playing host to Incarnate Word (7 p.m. Friday) and Stephen F. Austin (12 p.m. Sunday).

As part of the “Flashback Friday” promotion all fans who wear a “throwback outfit” from any decade will receive free admission. On Sunday it will be “Youth Soccer Day” and all kids (12 and younger) will get in free.

“UTEP Soccer is excited to be back at home for this three game home stand before starting Conference USA play,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We hope to get some players healthy, and will build off of the momentum of our win on Sunday. We know we have quite a challenge ahead of us as Incarnate Word and Stephen F. Austin are great programs. Incarnate Word plays very hard and has been very competitive against other Conference USA schools this season. Stephen F. Austin typically wins its conference and is always loaded with talent. We need our UTEP Soccer fans to come out and cheer us on this weekend! We appreciate the support.”

Going Back In Time
UTEP earned a road split last weekend. The Miners fell, 3-1, at Wyoming on Sept. 1 before knocking off Idaho State, 2-1, for their first victory of the season in double overtime on Sept. 3.

Series History Vs. Incarnate Word
UTEP is 2-1 against the University of the Incarnate Word, including a 2-0 road victory last year (9/9/16). The Miners also posted a recent home win, downing the Cardinals 4-0 on Aug. 29, 2014. UIW claimed the first match-up in the series, 3-1, back on Sept. 3, 2001, which came during Kevin Cross’s first year on the sidelines as head coach.

Brief Rundown On The Cardinals
UIW is 0-2 on the year and has been idle since Aug. 22. Both of the Cardinal match-ups have come against Conference USA schools, with a 3-0 loss vs. North Texas to start the year on Aug. 18 followed by a 1-0 home triumph against LA Tech on Aug. 22. Sydney Huntsinger has played both matches in goal, recording six saves. Shots favor the opposition, 26-12, including a 10-4 advantage for shots on goal.

Series History Vs. Stephen F. Austin
The series between UTEP and Stephen F. Austin is tied, 4-4, but the Lady Jacks have claimed the past three match-ups dating to 2011. Last year SFA successfully defended its home pitch, 2-0, on Sept. 11, 2016. The two squads first met in 1999, a 5-0 UTEP victory on Sept. 3.

Brief Rundown On The Lady Jacks
Stephen F. Austin lost its first two games of the season but it has bounced back to win consecutive contests, including a 2-1 triumph against Texas State last time out on Sept. 3. The Lady Jacks are led by Hanna Barker (2-2-6) but Katelyn Termini also has a pair of goals on the season. SFA has scored two goals in three straight contests, and in UTEP will be facing its third Conference USA opponent of the campaign. Allyson Smith (12 saves) and Madeline Talbot (11 saves) have split time in the net.

Making Progress
Not only did UTEP secure its first win of the campaign with the 2-1 double overtime victory at Idaho State on Sept. 3, it did so in style. The Miners set season highs for goals scored (two), points (five) and shots (17) in the victory. They also registered their second-highest total for shots on goal (six).

Back-To-Back
Anna Jimmerson has started to come on, becoming the first Miner freshman to score in consecutive games since Mackenzie German and Lauren Katada both did so in 2011. Jimmerson accounted for the Miners’ lone tally in the 3-1 setback at Wyoming on Sept. 1 before giving UTEP a 1-0 lead in the eventual 2-1 double-overtime victory at Idaho State on Sept. 3. If Jimmerson can put one away Friday, she’d be the initial Miner freshman to do so in three straight tilts since Tameka Sumter in 2006.

Freshmen Power In OT
Redshirt-freshman Cayla Payla 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.

Spreading It Out
Four Miners have helped account for five goals on the season. Anna Jimmerson headlines the attack with a pair of tallies while Danielle Carreon, Kennadie Chaudhary and Cayla Payne each have accounted for one goal apiece. In terms of assists Vic Bohdan paces the team with two (eighth C-USA/114th nation) while Payne, Isabel Trevino and Aylin Villalobos each have one helper to their credit.

Iron Women
Sophomore D Lauren Crenshaw and junior GK Alyssa Palacios have played all 591 minutes of action on the year (98.5 minutes/match) thus far. Senior MF Kennadie Chaudhary (390 minutes-94.2 minutes/match), freshman D Hannah Burbank (546-91.0 minutes/match), senior F Jeanna Mullen (535 minutes-89.2 minutes/match) and junior defender Payton Ross (533 minutes-88.8 minutes/match) have also been heavy on the minutes.

Save The Day
Alyssa Palacios has compiled 41 saves (first C-USA/41st nation) in 2017 (6.83 saves/match-second C-USA/18th nation), including a career-high tying 10 stops against New Mexico on Aug. 27. Her career total now stands at 284 saves which pushed her into third place on the Miner charts. The record holder is Amanda Smith (438; 1996-99) while Sarah Dilling (317; 2011-14) occupies second place. Palacios started the year in fourth place, but has since surpassed Brittany Poppoff (270; 2004-07).

Start It Up
Junior GK Alyssa Palacios has started the first six matches of the season, elevating her total to 48 starts in as many matches since joining UTEP. The effort has allowed her to move from fifth place into fourth place on the UTEP career charts. Brittany Popoff (56; 2004-07) sits in third place.

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 in five of the initial six matches of the year. The five OT games already ties as the fifth most on the Miner single-season charts.

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. Overall five of the first six games on the season have been one-goal affairs, including the most-recent contest which was a Miners’ 2-1 double-overtime victory at Idaho State on Sept. 3.

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.

Closing In On Club 200
In his 17th year as the Miners’ head coach Kevin Cross has a record of 198-113-23, putting him on the cusp of joining an exclusive club in UTEP Athletics lore. With two more victories Cross will become the fifth head coach in Miner sports history to reach 200 career wins at the school. 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 put himself on the cusp of the 200+ win club at UTEP, he has done so in style. His winning percentage stands at 62.7 percent (198-113-23). That figure would trail 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 240-161-30. The Miners are under the direction of 17th-year head coach Kevin Cross, who sports a mark of 198-113-23 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

Road Warriors
In 2017 the Miners hope to continue an unprecedented string of success on the road. Last year they went 5-4 in road matches to extend the school-record streak of a winning road record to four straight seasons. Overall they are a combined 22-14-3 on the road in that stretch, including 1-2 in 2017.

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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Payne’s Golden Goal Sends UTEP To 2-1 Double OT Win At Idaho State

POCATELLO, Idaho- Freshman Cayla Payne scored her first career goal (103’) off a feed from freshman Vic Bohdan to help lift the UTEP soccer team to a 2-1 double overtime win at Idaho State Sunday afternoon.

Anna Jimmerson (52’) also scored for the second time in as many matches and Alyssa Palacios recorded nine saves to aid in the victory.

The Miners (1-5) set a season high for shots (19) while finishing with their second-best shots on goal (six) of the campaign. The Bengals (1-4) piled up 32 shots, including 10 on target, but Palacios and the defense were ready for the onslaught. It marked the fifth time in six games on the season that the Orange and Blue have gone to overtime.

“I have never been happier for UTEP Soccer,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “It took a total team effort today. We learned that every player has to empty her gas tank to win. ‘The overtime warriors’ came through. We grew a lot today. I am so proud of UTEP Soccer.”

Palacios was called upon the first minute of the match, gobbling up a low, hard shot by Kathryn Leachman. UTEP then launched a counter attack, earning a corner attack in the third minute but it couldn’t convert. Two minutes later Bohdan had some room to operate with in space only to have her shot be blocked by the Bengals defense.

In the ninth minute it was Palacios diving to her right to once again deny Leachman with a brilliant effort.

Off a free kick in the 16th minute Jeanna Mullens rifled a blast over the wall but the ISU GK Shawna Hennings tracked it well to make the save. Bohdan then fired again, but it was blocked away.

Palacios turned away Leachman on a bouncing effort in the 20th minute before making a diving save two minutes later on a shot from Didericksen.

A promising run into space by Danielle Carreon was wiped out by an offside call in the 26th minute. A minute later Bohdan evaded the defense but couldn’t deliver an accurate shot. In the 30th minute April Pate made a nice run and one-timed a left foot shot but Hennings corralled it cleanly. Natalie Valentine tested Hennings in the 40th minute but she too was turned away. A couple of minutes later Lauren Crenshaw pulled the trigger on a long-distance shot but Hennings wasn’t fooled.

The second half started with Idaho State possessing deep within UTEP territory but both shot attempts within the first three minutes were high.

The Miners’ first true scoring threat of the second stanza came in the 52nd minute and Jimmerson made it count. She hit a cracker that Hennings had no chance on, with the ball ending up in the far right corner of the net. UTEP then earned a corner kick, but the Idaho State defense handled it.

ISU earned a corner kick in the 61st minute but Palacios punched the service clear. UTEP then tried to counter but it was offside. The homeside found the equalizer in the 63rd minute when a shot from about 25 yards out by Bambei went into upper 90’s country to best Palacios, who truly didn’t have much of a chance to make a save on the play.

UTEP regrouped nicely, garnering a pair of corner kicks in a two-minute span but on each occasion Idaho State was able to fend them off. In the 77th minute Kennadie Chaudhary had an opportunity but she fired it high.

Idaho State was awarded a free kick in a dangerous spot in the 85th minute, with Bambei standing over the ball. She fired the shot but this time Palacios was up to the task, cleanly making the save. Two minutes later she made a leaping save to punch it up and over the frame.

Carreon had a chance in the waning minute of regulation but the shot went wide.

Palacios was called upon for a point-blank shot on a header from Tristen Spooner in the 99th minute, and she showed good form to make the save. That proved to be the lone shot on goal in the first overtime period, sending the match to a second and final 10-minute golden-goal OT session.

In the 101st minute Paige Smith let loose a long-range attempt that Palacios tracked the entire time to make the save. UTEP then launched a counter attack with Bohdan flying up the wing. She sucked in the defense before sending the cross to Payne, who buried the golden goal.

UTEP will return home to play host to Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. MT Friday. As part of the “Flashback Friday” promotion all fans who wear a “throwback outfit” from any decade will receive free admission. The Miners will wrap up weekend at home with a 12 p.m. match-up vs. Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 10. It will be “Youth Soccer Day” and all kids (12 and younger) will get in free.

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UTEP Soccer Falls At Wyoming, 3-1

LAROMIE, Wy.- Cayla Payne (35’) scored her first collegiate goal and the UTEP soccer team battled but it couldn’t overcome a sluggish start in an eventual 3-1 loss at Wyoming Friday afternoon.

The homestanding Cowgirls (2-2) received three early goals from Summer Halle (12’) and Brittney Stark (15’, 26’) to grab a 3-0 lead 26 minutes in and the Miners (0-5) could never fully recover.

Shots were 13-10, including 7-3 for shots on goal, in favor of Wyoming while corners were, 4-4. Junior GK Alyssa Palacios recorded four saves in the match.

“We were disappointed in our first half effort,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We will respond on Sunday. We have nine players injured, which makes it tough. We will work harder and get will in time.”

Vic Bohdan got the Miners off to a good start by peppering Wyoming GK Georgia Rowntree with a shot that forced her to make a save in just the fifth minute of the match.

The home side’s first opportunity of the match came in the 12th minute off a corner kick, and it capitalized. The ball was played into the box where it was batted around before Halle finished the sequence. Less than three minutes later Stark was able to best Palacios to put UTEP in a 2-0 hole.

In the 16th minute the Miners raced up the pitch in an attempt to cut into the deficit but Bohdan’s blast whistled wide.
Stark was back at work for Wyoming in the 27th minute, putting away her second chance of the match to make it 3-0 in favor of the home side. Off the kickoff the ball got worked ahead to Danielle Carreon but her shot attempt went wide of the frame.

UTEP generated some sustained pressure in the 33rd minute with a shot from Kennadie Chaudhary being blocked over the line for a corner kick. The Miners couldn’t convert on the chance, but just two minutes later they did just that with Payne hammering home the opportunity off a corner kick.

Rowentree (37’) and Palacios (38’) each came up with saves in a back-and-forth minute of action following the UTEP goal before play settled back down the remainder of the stanza.

Alisha Bass started the attack for the home side in the second half but Palacios was up to task for a brilliant save that forced a corner kick. UTEP defended the sequence nicely, keeping a tight watch on Taylor Burton. Her headed attempt was then errant.

The Miners went on the offensive for the first time of the second half with Jeanna Mullen doing the honors. Her shot, though, was wide.

In the 63rd minute UTEP earned a corner kick but a foul on the Orange and Blue negated any scoring chance. Eight minutes later another corner kick for the Miners gave Lauren Crenshaw a look but she fired the shot high.

Palacios was called upon again in the 79th minute, denying Bass.

Anna Jimmerson made a good move to get some space to work with but she rifled the shot high in the 83rd minute. A minute later it was Crenshaw with the chance, but this one too went high.

The Miners will look to bounce back when they play at Idaho State at 1 p.m. MT Sunday.

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Gallery+Story: Palacios Matches Career High With 10 Saves In OT Loss To UNM

Junior Alyssa Palacios recording a career-high tying 10 saves but visiting New Mexico received a golden goal from Jill Olguin (93’) to hand UTEP a 1-0 overtime loss at University Field Sunday afternoon.

It marked the first time in program history that the Miners (0-4) have gone to overtime in four straight contests to start a year. Overall it is the initial occasion since 2014 and third time ever that UTEP has played four consecutive OT games.

“This is about as a cruel as a soccer season to go through,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “The defensive side of things is pretty strong. We’ve got to start generating opportunities and putting away the ones we’ve had. The first three games we clearly had opportunities to win; not as much today. That’s where we need to grow in that area.”

The Lobos (2-2) outshot UTEP, 23-7, including 11-2 for shots on goal while corner kicks were 8-5 for UNM.

In the eighth minute there was outstanding sustained pressure by the Miners to garner four straight corner kicks but UNM fended them all off.

There was a good sequence of soccer for UTEP in the 20th minute but play was whistled dead from an offside call.

In the 24th minute UNM’s Eileen Zendejas had a point-blank shot but there was an outstanding save from Palacios, who went to her knees to make the save, almost like a hockey GK.

UTEP had a good chance off a free kick in the 29th minute but UNM was able to clear it away before the Miners got a shot. Ten minutes later there was a nice little flurry for the Miners with a long run by Lauren Crenshaw eventually leading to a corner kick. UTEP then created two shots off the sequence but to its credit the UNM defense was able to block both chances away before getting on frame.

Five minutes into the second half there was a spin-around shot with the left foot by Kennadie Chaudhary but the UNM GK wasn’t fooled and made the save.

In the 57th minute there was a sensational diving save by Palacios on another Zendejas shot. UNM got a corner kick as result but UTEP defended it well and couldn’t generate anything as result. In the 65th minute she was called upon again, delivering a pair of saves within the span of a minute. The saves came on respective shots by Casey Murphy and Zendejas.

There was good positioning and touch on a header by Danielle Carreon but the UNM GK was ready and made the save. UNM then launched a counter attack with Cami Floth firing a shot but Palacios made the save. In the 79th minute Palacios came up a stop off a header in the box. It was her 10th of the contest, which matched her career high at that point.

The Miners had an outstanding chance off a free kick in the 85th minute but the shot from Carleigh Simmons whistled just high of the frame.

In OT Olguin was fed a ball by Zendejas. She took one touch and fired a low, hard shot that Palacios got her gloves on but couldn’t quite corral.

The Miners will look to bounce back when they open up a two-game road swing at Wyoming at 4:30 p.m. MT Friday.

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Photos & Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post

Palacios Makes Seven Saves As UTEP Falls In Double OT To CSUB

Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Palacios delivered a season-high seven saves but visiting CSU Bakersfield received a double overtime goal by Kamari Hines (107’) in a 1-0 outcome in a match delayed more than two hours by lightning and rain at University Field Friday evening.

The Miners (0-3) recorded eight shots, including four on target, while securing a pair of corner kicks but Jordan Bertram kept the clean sheet for the Roadrunners (2-2).

In the seventh minute there was a good idea by Vic Bohdan to cross it to a cutting Kennadie Chaudhary but the Miners couldn’t finish the possession with a shot. Seven minutes later a high-arching shot by CSUB’s Aminah Settles’ tested Palacios but she was up to the task.

In the 22nd minute Palacios was called again, this time delivering a diving stop. The Miners then launched a counter attack with Natalie Valentine lacing a shot that forced a save by the Roadrunner GK. Eight minutes later there was nifty footwork by Aylin Villalobos to send a cross into the area but to her credit the CSUB GK cut it off.

In the 38th minute a low, hard shot screamed in on net but Palacios was there for the save. With four minutes to play in the first half there was a nice flick-on header by Kennadie Chaudhary but it eked just wide of the frame.

The Miners came out flying to start the second half, with Bohdan forcing a good save by Bertram. CSUB couldn’t clear but Carreon’s attempt was wide. The visitors then launched a counter attack but Palacios stoned Hines.

There was a great sequence of soccer midway through the second half but a header by Jeanna Mullen whistled just wide of the frame. Four minutes later it was Chaudhary with the opportunity, but Bertram delivered a stop.

Palacios made a tremendous diving stop, using cat-like reflexes to dart to her right and deny Claire Nelson in the 84th minute. UTEP then worked the ball up the pitch, eventually earning a corner kick but CSUB was able to fend off the challenge.

In the first OT the Orange and Blue had a chance wiped out by offside and a shot by Mullen turned away by Bertram in the 98th minute. UTEP had two promising opportunities dashed in the second OT before the visitors found the back of the net.

The Miners will wrap up the three-game home stand by playing host to I-25 rival New Mexico at 1 p.m. Sunday. As part of “Jersey Day” all individuals who wear a soccer jersey will receive free admission.

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Herald-Post Sports In Depth: UTEP Soccer Continues Homestand Friday, Sunday

UTEP will continue its three-game homestand by playing host to CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. MT Friday and I-25 rival New Mexico at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Friday will have the annual pre-game UTEP Soccer 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, all kids (12 and under) will get in free and there will be a post-game autograph session. As part of “Jersey Day” on Aug. 27, all individuals who wear a soccer jersey will receive free admission.

“UTEP Soccer is ready for an incredible weekend of soccer at University Field,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “The Alumni Association tailgate sponsored by Rudy’s Barbecue is one of the very best events of the year that we really look forward to. We appreciate the Alumni Association and Rudy’s support of UTEP Soccer. How can you beat free barbecue and great soccer! CSU Bakersfield is an excellent program with a great coach and great culture. We tied them last year, so we know they are a very strong program. On Sunday we have our old rival, New Mexico, back on our schedule after a long absence. They have always had a great program, so we are going to have to be at our top soccer to get a good result. It will be a great weekend for all our UTEP Soccer fans!”

Going Back In Time
UTEP went to overtime in both matches to start the year for the first time since 2014. The Miners dropped their season opener in double overtime at NM State, 2-1, on Aug. 18 while falling by the same score in OT in their home lid lifter against ACU on Aug. 20.

Series History Vs. CSU Bakersfield
The two sides are meeting for the second consecutive campaign. Last year the Miners and Roadrunners battled to a scoreless draw in California.

Brief Rundown On The Roadrunners
CSU Bakersfield is off to a 1-1 start, scoring at least three goals in both of the games. Alexa Orrante (two goals, two assists) and Aryana Harvey (two goals) features a balanced attack which has received goals from six different players. The Roadrunners have outshot foes, 46-22, including 20-12 in shots on goal. CSUB lost its opener to Sam Houston State, 4-3, on Aug. 18 before bouncing back to rout Prairie View A&M, 5-0, on Aug. 20.

Series History Vs. New Mexico
UTEP is 5-3-1 all-time against its I-25 rivals, although the two programs haven’t squared off since the 2007 season. The Miners and Lobos played annually from 1996-02 but then not again until 2006 and 2007. When locking up in El Paso the Orange and Blue stand

Brief Rundown On The Lobos
New Mexico was upended in its opener to San Francisco on Aug. 18 before bouncing back to shut out Grand Canyon, 1-0, last time out on Aug. 20. Emily Chavez and Claire Lynch have scored the goals for the Lobos, both of which came in the first half. The Lobos have controlled tempo, outshooting foes 39-19, including 13-7 in shots on goal. They also hold a significant advantage in corner kicks (14-3).

It’s Been A Long While
The Miners have dropped back-to-back matches to start the year for the first time since 2000, the season before Kevin Cross assumed the head coaching position.

Team Of Character
The Miners have a proven track record of bouncing back under Kevin Cross. UTEP stands 5-0-1 since 2013 when entering a match on a two-game winless skid.

Balanced Attack
Danielle Carreon (one goal), Kennadie Chaudhary (one goal), Vic Bohdan (one assist), Isabel Trevino (one assist) and Aylin Villalobos (one assist) all got involved offensively to start the season.

Save The Day
Alyssa Palacios recorded at least five saves in back-to-back games to start the season. She now has 254 stops in her career to rank fourth on the Miner all-time charts. Up next for Palacios to pass is Brittany Popoff, who recorded 270 saves during her career from 2004-07.

Start It Up
Junior GK Alyssa Palacios started the first two matches of the season, giving her 44 starts in as many matches since the start of her UTEP career. With her next start, presumably Friday against CSUB, she will pull into a tie for fourth with former Miner GK Chandra Morden (2008-11).

Youth Served
Even though the Miners have 13 letter winners returning, 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.

Looking At The Line-Up
Eight Miners (Vic Bohdan-Fr., Hannah Burbank-Fr., Lauren Crenshaw-So., Kennadie Chaudhary-Sr., Jeanna Mullen-Sr., Cayla Payne-R-Fr., Alyssa Palacios-Jr., and Payton Ross-Jr.,) started both matches last weekend while seven others also appeared in each of the contests. Overall 21 student-athletes, including 14 underclassmen, have seen action thus far.

Closing In On Club 200
In his 17th year as the Miners’ head coach Kevin Cross has a record of 197-110-23, putting him on the cusp of joining an exclusive club in UTEP Athletics lore. With three more victories Cross will become the fifth head coach in Miner sports history to reach 200 career wins at the school. 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 put himself on the cusp of the 200+ win club at UTEP, he has done so in style. His winning percentage entering 2017 stands at 63.6 percent (197-108-23). That figure would trail 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.

There’s No Place Like Home
The enthusiasm and passion for UTEP by Coach Cross has helped him build a loyal fan base, which has made University Field one of the toughest places to play at in the country. The Miners have forged a mark at home of 119-30-10 since 2002, including 0-1-0 this year.

The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 22nd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 239-156-30. The Miners are under the direction of 17th-year head coach Kevin Cross, who sports a mark of 197-110-23 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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UTEP Falls to Abilene Christian In OT 2-1

Alyssa Palacios made six saves while senior Kennadie Chaudhary registered a goal (41′) but visiting Abilene Christian spoiled UTEP’s by toppling the Miners, 2-1, in overtime.

Sam Vestal (30′) and Dylan Owens (93′) scored for the Wildcats, who were outshot 14-13.

The youth-laden Miners have dropped back-to-back matches to start the year for the first time since 2000, the season before Kevin Cross assumed the head coaching position. Furthermore, it is the initial occasion in program history to have consecutive overtime losses. UTEP was upended in double OT at NM State Friday.

“I thought we played a better game than we did on Friday” Cross said. “We played pretty good soccer and just had a little bit of bad luck to be honest. Credit to them on that counter attack. We had a few chances that we could have scored and played pretty good.”

In the sixth minute the Miners did good work to earn a corner kick. The ball was batted around in the box but UTEP couldn’t generate a shot. Nine minutes later off a free kick the Miners found Jeanna Mullen for a header. But to her credit, the ACU GK Erin Smith was able to make the save.

In the 19th minute it was a nice idea by Devyn Hunley to put a shot on target but it was blocked away by the defense. The Miners earned a corner out of the sequence but they couldn’t convert. Midway through the stanza ACU generated its second shot on goal of the game but Palacios displayed top form by making the save.

The Wildcats got on the board thanks to a corner kick by Vestal in the 30th minute. She sent a service into the area with serious English on the ball; Palacios’s punch attempt unfortunately redirected into the goal to give the visitors the lead. It was short lived, with 11 minutes later the Miners finding the equalizer.

Off a corner kick, Villalobos got it to Trevino, whose header went to Chaudhary. The senior then headed it home to pull the home side even at one.

Early in the second half the Miners created two shots in a three minute span, including one by Lauren Crenshaw that led to a corner kick. The pressure didn’t, however, pay dividends.

In the 68th minute and the sun now bearing down on University Field, from inside the box the goal scorer for ACU Vestal fired a low shot net but Palacios denied it. The Miners initiated a nice counter attack, eventually leading to a sweet counter attack for Chaudhary but she was robbed by Smith with a diving stop.

UTEP displayed outstanding set piece execution in the 75th minute with Villalobos threading the needle to a cutting Valentine. Her header, though, was saved. Ten minutes later there was a sneaky left-footed flick by Dynastee Cain from point-blank range but it inched just wide of the frame.

There was a great chance off a giveaway but unlucky strike by Valentine, and her shot sails wide of the net.

The Miners generated a chance early in OT but Mullen’s blast went wide. ACU then countered, and capitalized with the match winner.

UTEP will continue its three-game homestand by playing host to CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. MT Friday and I-25 rival New Mexico on Aug. 27. Friday will have the annual pre-game UTEP Soccer 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, all kids (12 and under) will get in free and there will be a post-game autograph session. As part of “Jersey Day” on Aug. 27, all individuals who wear a soccer jersey will receive free admission.

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UTEP Upended At NM State In Double OT, 2-1

LAS CRUCES, N.M.–  Sophomore Danielle Carreon scored her second career goal (31’) while junior Alyssa Palacios recorded five saves but homstanding NM State received goals from Devin Hart (87’) and Audriana Chavez (105’) to post a 2-1 double overtime win in the First Light Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10.

Vic Bohdan was credited with an assist on Carreon’s tally, which gave the Miners a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Palacios and company looked to make it stand up but the home side, spurred on by 1,020 fans, found the equalizer with about three minutes to play in regulation and then won it in the second overtime period.

The Miners started seven underclassmen (four freshmen and three sophomores).

“I’m just really disappointed,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “You know we had the game with three minutes left. That’s a tough way to lose to give up a late goal and lose in double overtime. We have no excuses. Abilene Christian (Sunday’s opponent) works their tails off so we are going to have to work harder.”

The Aggies earned a pair of corner kicks in the first six minutes but the Miner stop troops held strong and didn’t yield a shot in the sequence. UTEP then launched a counter attack that led to a great chance for Natalie Valentine in the eight minute. She timed her run perfectly to get in behind the defense but her shot eked just wide of the frame.

In the 13th minute a good look by Jeanna Mullen forced NM State GK Dmitri Fong to block it wide, setting up a Miner corner kick but NM State defend. Four minutes later another rush by the Orange and Blue was wipe out by an offside call.

The homeside came up with a good sequence to register two shots on frame but Palacios delivered two stellar saves in a span of a minute to keep the match scoreless. The Miners were determined to change that, and did just that eight minutes later.

Off a cross, Bohdan found a streaking Carreon who buried it past a helpless Fong to put the Miners on the board. UTEP nearly made it 2-0 in the waning minutes of the stanza but Fong punched away a service off a free kick.

The two sides traded offensive opportunities over the first 15 minutes of the second half with both keepers called upon to make a pair of saves. Also of note in that time was sweeper Payton Ross, who had played every minute of every match her first two years in a UTEP uniform, being forced to sub off due to a health issue.

Play settled down then, with neither side again recording a shot on goal until the 77th minute when Anna Jimmerson’s rocket was pushed away by Fong. Devyn Hunley then sent the ensuing corner kick, one of five in the game for the Orange and Blue, into the area but it was not to be.

The Aggies managed one final rush late and came up with the equalizer before eventually also netting the golden goal.

The Miners will wrap up the opening weekend of action by playing host to Abilene Christian in their home opener at 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be the “Camper Reunion” game, with Miner soccer academy members getting in free. There will also be posters given away, prize packs, autographed gear and mini soccer balls.

The contest marks the start of a three-game homestand, with CSU Bakersfield (Aug. 25) and New Mexico (Aug. 27) also on tap.

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Gallery+Story: Arizona Edges UTEP 2-1 In Exhibition Soccer Match

Lauren Crenshaw (88’) converted a penalty kick while Alyssa Palacios recorded six saves to highlight the action for the UTEP soccer team in an entertaining 2-1 setback in an exhibition game loss vs. Pacific 12 power Arizona at a steamy University Field Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats received goals from Amanda Porter (31’) and Cali Crisler (79’) in order to get just enough offense to get past the Miners.

“Well we learned a lot,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We have a real young team. We played one of the top teams in the country. We learned a lot from the game, got some real good experience. That will help prepare us for Friday (NM State) when it really counts. We got better as the game went on and got a lot of experience from young players who hadn’t played at this level. The defense was fairly good too.”

Shots (19-3) and corner kicks (4-1) favored the visitors but the Miners had much better possession in the second half. Plus over the 45 minutes the Orange and Blue accounted for the lone corner kick of the period and shots on goal stood 2-1 in favor of UA.

Cross did a good job of getting lots of playing time across the board, with 19 Miners earning time on the pitch.

UTEP will begin the season in earnest by venturing to Las Cruces to lock up with NM State (Aug. 18) in the First Light Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10. It is the first time since 2012 that UTEP will christen the campaign on the road.

UTEP’s home opener comes against Abilene Christian (Aug. 20) at 1 p.m. It will be the “Camper Reunion” game, with Miner soccer academy members getting in free. There will also be posters given away, prize packs, autographed gear and mini soccer balls.

UTEP Soccer To Play Host To Arizona In Exhibition Contest Sunday

The UTEP soccer team will have a fierce test prior to the start of its 2017 regular season when it plays host to Pacific 12 power Arizona in an exhibition contest with free admission at 1 p.m. MT Sunday.

It marks the first time since 2004 that the Miners will tune up for the campaign by virtue of an exhibition game. Posters and other items will be given away at the gates of University Field.

“We are fortunate to have an exhibition game this year as we have not had that luxury in past years,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “It will give us the opportunity to see what our young players can do before the season starts. We are excited to play Arizona as they are a top team, and they will challenge us. Our UTEP soccer fans will get a chance to see a great game for free!”

Arizona is 43-29-9 since 2013, winning nine games in each season and making two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and one Sweet 16 showing in that timeframe. It is the most successful four-year stretch in the program’s history.

UTEP is coming off a 13-7-2 season-its most wins since 2009- while also making a run to the semifinals of the 2016 Conference USA Championships. There are 13 letter winners in the fold, including six starters, but the Miners have a distinct youthful flavor to the squad in 2017. Of the 27 student-athletes on the roster, 20 are either freshmen (12) or sophomores (eight).

The starters back are Kennadie Chaudhary-Sr., MF, Lauren Crenshaw-So., D, Kori Lewis- So., D, Jeanna Mullen-Sr., F, Alyssa Palacios-Jr., GK and Payton Ross-Jr., D.“

Following the exhibition tilt against the Wildcats, UTEP will begin the season in earnest by venturing to Las Cruces to lock up with NM State (Aug. 18) in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10. It is the first time since 2012 that UTEP will christen the campaign on the road.

UTEP’s home opener comes against Abilene Christian (Aug. 20) at 1 p.m. It will be the “Camper Reunion” game, with Miner soccer academy members getting in free.

There will also be posters given away, prize packs, autographed gear and mini soccer balls.

Story in Many Pics: UTEP Soccer Hosts Media PK Challenge Day

The eight-annual UTEP Soccer Media Penalty Kick Challenge was held Wednesday, and not only featured members of the local media but the entire UTEP Soccer Team.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there, and while he didn’t take any shots on goal, he did take some awesome shots of the action and brings them to you via today’s ‘Story in Many Pics’

The 2017 season begins with the Miners venturing to Las Cruces to lock up with NM State (Aug. 18) in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10. It is the first time since 2012 that UTEP will christen the campaign on the road.

UTEP will welcome Abilene Christian (Aug. 20) to town for its home opener. The contest will be the first of three straight and six of eight in the Sun City to wrap up non-conference play

Thirty-Five UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate on Saturday

Thirty-five past and present UTEP student-athletes will receive their diplomas at spring commencement on Saturday (May 13) in the Don Haskins Center.

The list includes 13 representatives from the football program, five from soccer, three from women’s basketball, three from men’s track and field, two from men’s basketball, two from rifle, two from softball, two from volleyball, and one each from men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s track and field.

Of the 35 graduates, 25 have earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 grade point average) during their careers, and seven have been recipients of C-USA Academic Medals (minimum 3.75 GPA).

Spring 2017 UTEP Graduating Student-Athletes

Brittney Adams (Women’s Track & Field)

Has been a part of two C-USA Indoor Championship teams … member of the distance medley unit that won back-to-back conference titles …  Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Dominic Artis (Men’s Basketball)

Second Team All-Conference USA in 2017 … first player in school history to lead the team in rebounding, assists and steals … one of only four players in Conference USA history to tally 400 points, 150 rebounds, 150 assists and 50 steals in a season … ranks fifth in school history in assists including 187 in 2016-17, third-most in the UTEP record book … member of the 2016 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Alexa Bain (Soccer)

Four-year starter on defense who helped UTEP post a record of 48-25-11 … started 64 of 76 games played, earning more than 5,000 minutes on the pitch … efforts aided the Miners in notching 33 shutouts for her career, including a single-season school-record tying 11 in 2016 … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Marketing major.

 

Bri Barreiro (Soccer)

Recorded 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points while playing more than 5,000 minutes in her career … started 69 of 76 games played, including all 22 as a senior … helped UTEP post a combined record of 48-25-11 during her four years … two-time C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team member … four-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … management major.

 

Tyler Batson (Football)

Three-year letterwinner … saw action in 36 games as a wide receiver … led the team in yards per reception (22.8) in 2016 … during junior season, caught 21 passes for 365 yards with three touchdowns and a team-leading 18.8 yards per catch … posted a career-best 143 yards and a pair of scores, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown, during a win over Florida Atlantic in 2015 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Cosmas Boit (Men’s Track & Field)

Four-time All-Conference USA and 2016 All-Region honoree … member of the 2014 C-USA Indoor Championship team … two-time C-USA Cross Country Championship team member … Member of the 2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

 

Cedric Click (Football)

Played in 48 games for the Miners …  tallied a total of 30 tackles, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery … as a sophomore posted 92 yards on five kickoff returns and a career-long return of 30 yards versus San Diego State … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Aleah Davis (Soccer)

Garnered All-League and All-Region accolades in all four years, making her the first Miner to achieve the feat … started every game (82) of her career … ranked tied for third at UTEP for game-winning goals (10) and tied for eighth in assists (17) … compiled more than 100 community service hours in her career … voted to the 2016 NSCAA Senior women’s College Scholar All-America team and the C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic team … recipient of the 2017 “Golden Miner Award” … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … kinesiology major.

 

Frederik Dreier (Men’s Golf)

Two-time Conference USA Golfer of the Year (2015-16, 2016-17), only the third player in C-USA history to garner the award in back-to-back years … has played in 46 tournaments for the Miners, compiling a 72.3 scoring average … led the Miners to their first conference title in 32 years this season … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Marketing major.

Derek Elmendorff (Football)

All-Conference USA Freshman Team member in 2014 … has played in 33 games, making 29 starts at right guard … part of an offensive line that led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed in back-to-back seasons … efforts helped the Miners average 185.5 rushing yards per game and score 20 rushing touchdowns last season … has one year of eligibility remaining in 2017 … Criminal Justice major.

 

Jake Flaggert (Men’s Basketball)

Has played in 93 games for the Miners, making 31 starts last season … led Conference USA in charges drawn for the second straight year in 2016-17 and has 57 in his career … has one year of eligibility remaining in 2017-18 … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Marketing major.

 

Taylor Grohmann (Softball)

Won nine games during her career on the mound for UTEP, including a victory on Senior Day May 7 …  registered her first career hit on Senior Day and scored a run … posted a 5-3 record in 2016, helping lead the Miners to the Conference USA Tournament … Kinesiology major.

Amber Herrera (Women’s Golf)

Played in 29 tournaments for the Miners … top finish was a tie for fourth place at the New Mexico dual match in February of 2015 … former president of UTEP’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Interdisciplinary Studies/Education major.

 

Carnell Horn (Men’s Track & Field)

Member of the 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championship team … member of the 4x400m relay that qualified to the 2014 and 2015 NCAA West Regional Preliminary … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2013 and three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.

 

Alvin Jones (Football)

Second team All-Conference USA in 2017 … has 241 tackles with a year of eligibility remaining in 2017 … led the team in tackles in back-to-back seasons, notching 93 in both 2015 and 2016 … has 10.5 career sacks and 29.5 career tackles for losses … registered career-high 16 tackles in a pair of games … Communication major.

 

Lawna Kennedy (Women’s Basketball)

Junior college transfer who helped UTEP win the 2016 C-USA regular-season championship and make a run to the quarterfinals of the WNIT … played in 60 career games, including 36 starts, while earning 14.8 minutes/game … scored more than 250 points and grabbed better than 175 rebounds … health promotion major.

 

Jessica Kinder (Rifle)

Four-year team member who had career averages of 555 in smallbore and 582 in air rifle … recorded the second-best air rifle average (586) on the team in 2016-17 … fired a 592 in air rifle to tie for the ninth-best in program history at the 2017 Patriot Rifle League Championships … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2015 and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … kinesiology major.

 

Anthony Kyles (Football)

Played in 20 games, making five starts at right guard … part of offensive line that led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed for back-to-back seasons … efforts helped the Miners average 185.5 rushing yards per game and score 20 rushing touchdowns last season … Member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Lindsey Larson (Volleyball)

Has played in 118 matches and 434 sets for the Miners … led the team in assists (642) and service aces (24) as a senior while finishing her career with 2,677 assists, 71 service aces and 317 blocks … named second team All-Conference USA in 2016 … four-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and five-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Civil Engineering major.

 

Mack Leftwich (Football)

Was the starting quarterback in 11 games for the Miners … as a sophomore, led UTEP in passing yards (1,228), touchdown passes (nine), completions (105), attempts (192) and passing efficiency (120.8) … threw for 231 yards with a pair of scores during a victory over Rice in 2015 … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Nicole Lindsay (Soccer)

Played in 81 games, including 55 starts, while securing more than 4,700 minutes of playing time … helped the Miners forge a record of 48-25-11 during her four years … played all over the pitch, contributing two goals and seven assists for 13 points … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … marketing major.

 

Sky Logan (Football)

Has played in 22 games, making 12 starts at the defensive end position … registered a total of 63 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and one forced fumble … has one year of eligibility remaining this fall … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jay Mattox (Football)

Four-year starter that played in all 49 games for the Miners … finished his collegiate career tied for first in program history with 137 PATs … also rates no. 2 among kickers with 257 points, and no. 3 with 40 field goals made … concluded his senior campaign ranked second on the team in points (54) and finished 39-of-40 on PATs … member of the 2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Communication major.

 

Lulu McKinney (Women’s Basketball)

Graduating in just three years and has one season of eligibility remaining … helped UTEP win the 2016 C-USA regular-season championship and advance to the WNIT quarterfinals … has played in 92 games with 45 starts … already ranks sixth all-time at UTEP for three-pointers made (107)… two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Communication major.

 

Sterling Napier (Football)

Has played in 36 games for the Miners … was utilized in multiple blocking schemes last season, helping the team average 185.5 rushing yards with 20 rushing touchdowns … hauled in his first career touchdown last year versus Florida Atlantic … coming back for his senior season in 2017 … member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

 

Hannah Nicholson (Soccer)

Two-year letterwinner for the Miners before her career was derailed by injuries … in 2014 contributed one goal and five assists for seven points … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Mechanical Engineering major.

 

Danielle Pearson (Softball)

Ranks second on UTEP’s all-time wins list … hurled over 490 innings and recorded over 200 strikeouts for the Orange and Blue … also collected over 80 hits during her career, while showing power at the plate with three home runs and 45 RBI … Member of the 2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Organizational & Corporate Communication major.

 

Erik Ramirez (Football)

Saw the field in the Miners’ 52-24 victory over North Texas last season … also played in two games as a freshman … has one year of eligibility remaining in 2017 … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2014 and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Chemistry major.

 

Kevin Rincon (Men’s Track & Field)

Has ranked among the top-10 in the javelin at the C-USA meets … helped the Miners to a second-place finish at the 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships …. five-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Kinesiology major.

 

Brendan Royal (Football)

Played one season for the Miners, seeing action in all 12 games in 2016 … recorded 33 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, an interception and three pass breakups … opened the campaign with three pass breakups, tied for third-most in a game in program history, during a victory over rival NM State … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2016 and two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Monthserrat Serna (Rifle)

Four-year competitor who had a career average of 531 in smallbore and 556 in air rifle … set a career-high in air rifle (569) at the 2016 NCAA Qualifier …three-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.

Sparkle Taylor (Women’s Basketball)

Prolific scorer who finished second all-time at UTEP in field goals made (530) and third in points (1,352) … also tied for sixth in free throws made (272) … 2017 All-Conference USA second team honoree and 2016 C-USA Sixth Player of the Year … helped UTEP win the 2016 C-USA regular-season championship … member of the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

 

Nick Usher (Football)

A three-year starter who saw the field in 49 games … last season he started all 12 contests and led the team in tackles for losses (8.0), sacks (5.5) and quarterback hurries (five) … rated third on the team with 77 tackles and added two pass breakups and a blocked kick … finished career tied for no. 10 in school history with 12 sacks … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Adrian Ward (Football)

Played two seasons for the Miners, starting in 22 games after transferring from Chabot College … earned 2004 All-WAC first team honors after tallying 59 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and five interceptions … led the Miners to eight wins and the Houston Bowl … registered a total of 98 tackles, 18 deflections and eight picks at UTEP … was chosen in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Naomi Whitehair (Volleyball)

Played in 260 sets over 87 matches in three years as a Miner … tallied 415 digs in her career … notched a career-high 16 digs against South Alabama as a senior … Health Promotion major.

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