"We are very excited for the 2014 season," UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. "We have a great non-conference schedule highlighted by seven home games. Conference USA play will be tough as always but the team is looking forward to the challenge and is having a great spring season in preparation.
With 18 letterwinners returning to the pitch for the Miners, it could be easy to overlook the influx of talent into the program. Fans would be cautioned against doing so, with seven individuals signed national letters of intent on Feb. 5.
UTEP features a youth-laden roster in 2014, with 16 of 24 underclassmen set to take to the pitch. Although there is plenty of talent among the younger players, one thing that is missing is experience.
Fortunately the Orange and Blue will be able to rely upon on the leadership of its four healthy seniors in 2014. Hannah Asuchak, Sarah Dilling, Mackenzie German & Tayler O'Hayre have combined to play 18,431 minutes (307.2 hours) during their careers, so they will be counted on to set the tone both on and off the pitch.
Be sure to read up on each of them on their official bio pages below.
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 2012 season):
158 wins to rate t23rd in the country since 2002
12 straight seasons with at least 10 victories
Tied for second in C-USA with 118 wins after becoming a member in 2005
Played in three league championship games, including in 2011
Dominant record of 99-19-7 at home since 2002
Scored 574 goals to place 14th in the country since 2002
Four-time C-USA attendance leader & 52,396 fans since 2005
Earned 149 athletic honors & 226 academic awards in its 17-year history*
Won at Texas to advance to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament
Been represented at both the FIFA Women's World Cup & Summer Olympics
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