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The UTEP soccer team (6-2-2, 1-0 C-USA)) will christen a three-game roadswing by playing at Marshall (2-7, 0-1 C-USA) at 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET Thursday.
“Marshall will be our first of three straight conference away games,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Travel in the conference is demanding, and it will be a new test for this young team. Marshall had a hard loss against a tough Florida Atlantic side in Florida. I am sure they will come out strong with their first conference home game against us. We were pleased with our first conference win but need to find a way to win big games on the road.”
The Miners have won back-to-back contests, including downing FIU, 3-1, in their C-USA opener on Sept. 22. The Thundering Herd have dropped consecutive contests, most recently falling at Florida Gulf Coast, 2-0, on Sept. 22.
UTEP scored a season-high three goals in a resounding 3-1 win against FIU in the Conference USA opener for both squads at University Field on Sept. 22.
Danielle Carreon (23′), Lauren Crenshaw (71′) and Jackie Miller (83′) provided the tallies for the Miners, who posted their fourth consecutive victory in El Paso. Jojo Ngongo (two), Adriana Lopez and Jackie Soto all were credited with assists.
UTEP won its C-USA opener for the third straight year and now stands 9-4-1 in the situation since joining the league after it bested FIU, 3-1, at University Field on Sept. 22.
It marked the first league lidlifter at home for the Miners since 2013.
UTEP has produced its best record through 10 games (6-2-2) in three years, with the Miners playing consistently well at both home (4-1-1) and on the road (2-1-1). UTEP sports a +7 goal differential (17-10) while also staking advantages for both shots (143-118) and shots on goal (69-43).
UTEP leads the series against Marshall, 6-4-1, with all of the match-ups coming since both schools joined Conference USA. The Miners won on their first trip to Huntington, W. Va., in 2008, but they are 0-3-1 in the four road meetings since.
Marshall returned 20 players from last year’s team (5-9-3, 3-6-1 C-USA). The Thundering Herd enter Thursday’s match-up at 2-7, 0-1 C-USA on the season, and in the midst of a two-game skid. Mary Lawman (three goals) has been the top scoring threat while Rene Ross has been credited with a team-best four assists.
Lindsay Langley has been called upon to make 50 saves in eight games. Marshall is 2-1 at home with a +2 goal differential (7-5). It is 0-6 on the road, having been outscored, 21-3, in those contests.
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