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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: August 2011

Battle Of I-10 To Start Season 

The season opener against I-10 rival NMSU is just around the corner, with this year's edition to for 7 p.m. at University Field on Aug. 19.

The Miners beat the Aggies in 2009 and were leading at half on the road last year before the match was cancelled to rain.

Make sure to get there early to ensure a great seat!  

Brittany Kindzierski Azia Nicholson Jade Babcock

Pre-Game Tailgate Planned 

To help fans get fired up for the opener against the Aggies, there will be a pre-game tailgate starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Sponsored by the UTEP Alumni Association and UTEP Athletics, get in FREE to the game by attending the event!! There will be prizes, free t-shirts and much more!

Skye Schultz Katie Dorman Gina Soto

Media Day & PK Challenge A Big Hit 

For the second straight year, the preseason started with a bang with the UTEP Soccer Media Day & Penalty Kick Challenge.

Team TV won the event, which was covered by more than 15 media members.

ABC's 7 Raul Martinez provided an entertaining recap of the PK Challenge. Winner of the Best Celebration in 2010, Beau Bagley also was on hand to compete and report.

And let's not forget the old adage that a picture is worth 1,000 words with the photogallery by gifted photographer Michael Reese.

PK Challenge PK Challenge PK Challenge

Green Grass Classic Delivers Again 

Over the years UTEP soccer has used the Green Grass as a way as a good break in the middle of its strenuous preseason training camp.

That proved to be the case at the 2011 edition with Team "Harry Potter & The Soccer Wizards" sweeping the awards.

Media was on hand proved by this report on ABC 7.

Also documenting the action was talented photographer Ivan Pierre Aguirre.

Skye Schultz Katie Dorman Gina Soto

Promotions A Plenty In 2011 

There are a lot of great promotions in store for the 2011 UTEP soccer season.

The popular FREE clinics Mini Miners' Sunday Fun Days are back again while local area high school/middle school teams can once again take advantage of The Team Days Promotion.

Fans can also give back to the program while rooting for some high-octane offense with the Buy A Goal Fundraiser.

Skye Schultz Katie Dorman Gina Soto

Looking At The 2011 Schedule 

It is shaping up to be a really exciting year for UTEP soccer, and part of that is due to the awesome schedule in 2011. UTEP will play 12 of its 20 games at home, including seven of 11 within C-USA. That could be a big factor for the Miners, with their record of 78-12-3 at home since 2002.

Overall the Orange and Blue will face three 2010 NCAA Championship participants throughout the 2011 fall season. The Miners will be in search of their 10th straight winning season, all of which have featured 10+ victories.

Skye Schultz Katie Dorman Gina Soto

UTEP Soccer On Facebook And Twitter 

UTEP soccer receives incredible support from its fans, and as a way to further strengthen that relationship it has stepped up its efforts in social media. Fans can now follow UTEP Soccer on Twitter and become of fan of UTEP soccer on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Team Cheer Paydirt Pete Kevin Cross

This Is UTEP Soccer

For those who need a crash course on UTEP soccer, you've come to the right place. The Miners have been embraced by El Paso, and they have rewarded the faithful by turning into a league and regional power. Consider the following accomplishments under head coach Kevin Cross (* denotes prior to start of 2011 season):

  • Conference USA best-tying 85 wins since joining the league in 2005*
  • Racked up 114 victories to tie for 13th nationally since 2002*
  • Scored 472 goals to place eighth in the country since 2002*
  • Posted mark of 78-12-3 at home since 2002
  • Garnered the No. 2 RPI in the state of Texas in 2009
  • Won a school-record and C-USA-best-tying 20 games in 2005
  • Beat Texas, 3-2, on the road in OT to advance to the second round of the '05 NCAA Tournament
  • Earned a regional ranking for a school-record seven straight years
  • Represented on the all-conference team 24 times*
  • Accounted for 11 of the 12 all-region honorees in school history*
  • Claimed 46 athletic weekly awards. UTEP had four such awards in five years before Cross' tenure*.
  • Katie Dorman Anoop Josan Melissa Desilets

    El Paso, Texas: Now The Safest Big City In The Nation

    For the first time the city of El Paso has been ranked as the safest big city in the United States. El Paso moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in the annual report by the CQ Press.. The ranking comes in the same year that El Paso was named an All-American City.

    Top 10 Safest Cities In The Nation Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities In The Nation


    1. Detroit, Mich.
    2. Honolulu, Hawaii. 2. Baltimore, Md.
    3. New York, N.Y. 3. Memphis, Tenn.
    4. San Jose, Calif. 4. Washington, D.C.
    5. San Diego, Calif. 5. Atlanta, Ga.
    6. Austin, Texas 6. Indianapolis, Ind.
    7. Portland, Ore.  7. Philadelphia, Pa. 
    8. Los Angeles, Calif.  8. Milwaukee, Wis.
    9. Seattle, Wash. 9. Houston, Texas
    10. Fort Worth, Texas  10. Columbus, Ohio
    El Paso Folklore Downtown skyline Fireworks at festival