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UTEP Soccer To Kick Off 2016 Season At Home Friday vs NMSU

The UTEP soccer team will kick off its 2016 season at home in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 vs. NM State at 7 p.m.Friday.

The contest, which is the first UTEP athletic department event for the 2016-17 year, will feature a 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.

“UTEP Soccer is very excited for Friday night and our rivalry game with NM State,” head coach Kevin Cross said. “We have worked very hard for this season and have lots to prove. We have a lot of respect for New Mexico State and its coach, Freddy Delgado. NM State will fight for everything and give us a very tough match as rivalry games always do”

“UTEP Soccer is very thankful for the UTEP Alumni Association and Jackie Reed sponsoring the Alumni Association Tailgate before the game. We also really appreciate the great barbecue courtesy of Rudy’s BBQ and managers, Charlie Juarez and Victor Barajas.”

Scouting NM State

NM State returns nine of 11 starters from last year’s squad (5-15-0, 4-6-0 WAC) while also adding 11 newcomers to the mix. The Aggies tuned up for the season by destroying Cochise College, 9-0, in an exhibition match at home on Aug. 15. Three of the top four point scorers from 2015 are back in the fold for NM State. They are in the form of Aileen Galicia (12 points), Holly Abdelkader (11 points) and Devin Hart (10 points).

Start It Up

The Orange and Blue are 12-2-1 in season openers under Cross and 15-4-1 all time since the program’s inception in 1996. The game is the first of 10 at home for the Miners in 2016. UTEP will be looking to build on its stellar record of 112-26-10 at University Field since 2002.

Series History

UTEP is 5-0-0 against NM State, including a 3-1 road victory last season. The Miners have also previously posted home wins in the series in 2009 (1-0, OT, 8/21), 2011 (2-0, 8/19) and 2014 (5-0, 8/27).  .

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 21st season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 226-149-28. The Miners are under the direction of 16th-year head coach Kevin Cross, who sports a mark of 184-101-21 in that timeframe. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).

Plenty Of Talent Back

UTEP returns 12 letter winners (Keighton Allen-GK, Alexa Bain-D, Bri Barreiro-MF, Kennadie Chaudhary-MF, Yesenia Contreras-F, Aleah Davis-MF/D, Nicole Lindsay-MF, Jeanna Mullen-F/MF, Alyssa Palacios-GK, Payton Ross-D, Carleigh Simmons-D, and Bri Thomas-F), including nine starters (Bain, Barreiro, Chaudhary, Davis, Lindsay, Palacios, Ross, Simmons and Thomas) from last year’s squad which forged an overall record of 11-7-2.

Senior Leadership

UTEP has strong leaders in place with a seven-member senior class (Allen-GK, Bain-D, Barreiro-MF, Davis-MF/D, Lindsay-MF, Morgan Rasmason-GK and Thomas-F). Bain, Barreiro, Davis, Linsday and Thomas all started last year.

Newcomers Galore

The Miners feature 13 newcomers on the 2016 roster, who provided a strong push for the veterans during the two-week training camp. The class is comprised 10 true freshmen (Emily Blaettner-MF, Dynastee Cain-F, Danielle Carreon-F, Lauren Crenshaw-D, Priscilla Garcia-F, Kori Lewis-D, Kobi McNutt-F, Cayla Payne-D, Natalie Valentine-MF and Aylin Villalobos-MF/F), two junior-college transfers (Devyn Hunley-MF, Sheridan Smith-F) and a former Miner softball player (Morgan Rasmason-GK). The 10 true freshmen are the second-most during the Cross era; the 2013 unit had 12 such players.

Looking Ahead

UTEP will continue its season-opening weekend while also kicking off a stretch with three straight road games by playing at Abilene Christian at 12 p.m. MTSunday.

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UTEP Soccer Picked Fourth In C-USA Preseason Poll

Aleah Davis Voted To The Preseason All-League Team

IRVING, Texas – UTEP was predicted to land fourth out of 14 squads in the 2015 Conference USA regular season, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. The top eight finishers in the conference will qualify for the 2015 C-USA Championships, which are slated for Nov. 4-6 on the campus of FIU. Additionally, junior Aleah Davis was voted to the preseason All-League team. Davis was a third-team All C-USA honoree in 2013 while securing a spot on the first team last year.

The Miners bring back seven starters and 14 letter winners overall from the 2014 squad which secured a third-place showing in C-USA for the second time in as many years. The top seven point producers return, including 2014 All-Conference honorees Davis (first team) and Angela Cutaia (third team). Cutaia paced the team in game-winning goals (four), goals (eight),  points (19), shots (65), shots on goal (35) while Davis was second on the squad for both goals (5) and points (11).

Junior Hannah Nicholson, who led the team in assists (five) through efforts on set pieces, is back in addition to fellow classmate Bri Barreiro. Barreiro tied for second on the team in assists while checking in third for goals (3) and points (10). Another name to keep an eye on is sophomore Sydney Rapp, who was voted to the 2014 All C-USA Freshman team. UTEP will also feature nine true freshmen on the roster, equaling the second-highest sum in the Kevin Cross era.

The 2015 season will get underway at the renovated University Field with a match-up against Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21. The Alumni Association will put on a tailgate for the contest, with Rudy’s Barbeque providing food while supplies last. There will be 10 non-conference contests (six at home and four on the road) before the Orange and Blue tackle league action.

UTEP will be looking to continue its recent string of success. The Miners have produced a top-100 RPI rating in five of the past six years and 10 times total under Cross. They have also achieved a ranking in the NSCAA Central Region top-10 poll for 10 of the past 11 campaigns.

Defending champion Rice was selected as the preseason favorite to claim the 2015 C-USA crown. Reining C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Lauren Hughes of Rice and her teammate Jenny Fichera were voted as the league’s Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.

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