Kam Fisher | Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez UTEP
Coming off a 1-1 road trip, the UTEP soccer team (1-5) will play host to surging I-10 rival NM State (4-1) at 7 p.m. at University Field Thursday.
“NM State has always been a competitive game,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “They are off to a great start this year and are getting quality results on the road. We have yet to really put 90 minutes of defensively organized and offensively unpredictable soccer together. We have experience and depth at every position, but have failed to execute in every role for 90 minutes. The little things matter, and that’s what we’ve been focusing on this week.”
UTEP is 1-5 on the year, but the Miners played five of their first six games on the road; and four of the club’s five losses have been by one goal.
The Miners led at the half and were tied with 15 minutes remaining in the eventual 2-1 loss at Nevada (Aug. 26), were tied with 12 minutes to play at UC Davis (Aug. 29) and were tied at the half at Texas A&M (Sept. 5).
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the Eisenberg Family Ticket Office by calling (915) 747-UTEP, emailing email@example.com, going online or in person at 201 Glory Road (Brumbelow Building) Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tickets are also available for $5 (minimum of 10 tickets).
Can’t Get Anything Past Mariah
Mariah Scott has played in three matches this year, logging a total of 180 minutes of action. She has faced 10 shots on goal, turning away all of them for a flawless 0.00 goals against average. Overall her 10 saves rank second on the team behind true freshman Luisa Palmen. Two-year starter Emily Parrott has also seen action, contributing a pair of stops.
Junior Jojo Ngongo paces the team offensively with a pair of goals, having found the back of the net in back-to-back road games this past weekend. Vic Bohdan, Sheyliene Patolo and Jackie Soto have also scored a goal on the year.
Bohdan, Cam Fisher, Lilly Marquez, Ngongo, Ayana Noel, GK Luisa Palmen and Molly Sutherland have all been credited with an assist. Bohdan paces the team for shots (nine) and shots on goal (five), followed by Ngongo with seven shots and four shots on target.
Twenty five different Miners have earned playing time this season, with 14 of them appearing in all six matches. There have also been 17 Miners to secure at least one start to this point.
The 411 On NM State
The Aggies enter with a stout record of 4-1, including victories over common UTEP opponents Abilene Christian (2-1, 2OT, Aug. 19), at UC Davis (2-0, Aug. 27), at Nevada (3-2, Aug. 29) and at UIW (2-0, Sept. 5). Of those foes, the Orange and Blue have a triumph against UIW (1-0, Sept. 3).
The Miners are 9-1 all time against NM State, including 6-0 at home and have won three straight in the series, including a 3-1 triumph during the 2020 campaign (played in spring 2021).
Living On The Road
For the second straight season, The Miners will have more road games than home match-ups. Overall this year they will play 10 contests outside of El Paso (nine road, one neutral) compared to six home tilts, marking the second straight year that UTEP will have more road games than home match-ups during the regular season.
Quick Rundown On UTEP
UTEP returned 23 letter winners from last year’s team (3-6-2, 2-3-1 C-USA), including nine starters. The Miners also added six newcomers. The Orange and Blue are under the direction of third-year head coach Kathryn Balogun, who sports a mark of 14-18-5 in the Sun City, including 1-5 this year.
Up next, UTEP will play host to Rice in its C-USA opener at 7 p.m. MT on September 16. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the Eisenberg Family Ticket Office by calling (915) 747-UTEP, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, going online or in person at 201 Glory Road (Brumbelow Building, UTEP campus) Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Group tickets are also available for $5 (minimum of 10 tickets).