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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: August 2014

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Alumni Association Tailgate Highlights Season Opener Friday

It's been a long wait but the 2014 UTEP soccer season is finally here! The Miners will kick off the campaign at home against Texas State at 7 p.m. Friday.

The UTEP Alumni Association pre-game tailgate will start at 5:30 p.m. There will be the chance to win prizes and enjoy free food courtesy of Rudy's Country Store and BBQ, while supplies last.

Fans who are unable to arrive early can get prepped for the contest by tuning into Sports Talk with Steve Kaplowitz on AM 600 ESPN El Paso, who will be broadcasting live from the field from 4-7 p.m.

Fans can also get insight on the players and season in this interview filmed at media day with Coach Cross with the official UTEP Athletics press release in a feature story on sophomore Bri Barreiro. and finally the live Podcast with Coach Cross joining the fine folks of Rio Sports

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Green Grass Classic Entertains

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.

The tradition delivered once again in 2014. It would be well worth your time to watch the video recap of the event along with checking out the photogallery.

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Fifth-Annual Media Day Penalty Kick Challenge Big Success

The UTEP soccer team took a break from its demanding training camp to hold the Fifth-Annual Media Penalty Kick Challenge at a sun-soaked University Field on Aug. 12.

As in previous years, it was a team-based format affording media members the chance to score a PK on the Miners' goalkeepers. More than 25 members of the local El Paso media attended the 2014 edition of the event , with the "Mineros" team assembled by Harry Ruiz of KINT TV Univision 26 claiming the crown.

Be sure to also check out the coverage from News Channel 9 , in addition to these great photos by the El Paso Times and ESPN 600 personality Chad Middleton's penalty kick attempt

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Promotions A Plenty

There are some great marketing promotions that will be in place throughout the 2014 UTEP soccer season.

Read up on all of the promotions planned for the upcoming year, including the Soccer And Splash Clinic for the Houston Baptist game, in addition to the camper reunion day, on the official UTEP soccer promotions page.

The Team Days promotion is also back, and you can sign up to get your local area team out to a 2014 home game here!

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All About The Schedule

Twelve home matches, including renewing the battle of I-10, contests against Northern Arizona, UNLV, Weber State and a 10-game Conference USA slate highlight the 2014 UTEP soccer schedule. Everything gets underway with the season-opening match-up against Texas State on Friday.

"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.

"We are highly appreciative of the fan support we receive at University Field making it one of the toughest places to play in the state of Texas. UTEP Soccer is putting in the work now to make for an exciting 2014 season!" Get the full rundown on the 2014 schedule by reading the official press release on UTEPAthletics.com or if you would prefer you may also download the schedule poster in PDF format

Also be sure the relive the quality 2013 season that resulted in a third-place finish out of 16 teams in C-USA by watching the highlight video of the season.

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Welcome To The UTEP Soccer Family

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.

Fans can learn more about the class, which is set to take to the pitch the first time against Texas State on Friday on the official signing day central page.

Freshmen
Sensational Seniors

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.

Hannah Asuchak
Sarah Dilling
Mackenzie German
Tayler O'Hayre

Seniors
Record Numbers At Summer Camps

UTEP summer camps were the more popular than they've ever been this past summer, with the most campers in program history taking part.

As a way to reward the campers for taking part, they will all receive free admission to the Friday's season opener against Texas State.

Read all about the planned summer camp fun in Steve Escajeda's article for What's Up Magazine while also checking out the pictures from the June Soccer And Splash Camp.

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Join Us On Social Media

UTEP has been so lucky to get such great fan support throughout the years.

To make the relationship even better, the Miners are now interacting more than ever with its fans through social media.

Be sure to join the more than 1,400 fans to LIKE us on Facebook if you haven't already.

Also come join the 1,000+ fans to FOLLOW us on Twitter if you are not yet doing that.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

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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 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
Katie Dorman Anoop Josan Melissa Desilets

El Paso, Texas, The SAFEST Big City For A Fourth Straight Year

El Paso has been in the top three for safest big cities since 1997. For the fourth straight year the city, has been ranked as the safest big city in the United States.

Look at the list of rankings below or check out the complete report compiled by the CQ Press.

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

1. EL PASO, TEXAS

1. Detroit, Mich.
2. New York, N.Y. 2. Baltimore, Md.
3. Austin, Texas 3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. San Diego, Calif. 4. Milwaukee, Wis.
5. Los Angeles, Calif. 5. Philadelphia, Pa.
6. Charlotte, N.C. 6. Indianapolis, Ind.
7. Portland, Ore. 7. Oklahoma City, Okla..
8. San Jose, Calif. 8. Washington, D.C.
9. Seattle, Wash. 9. Houston, Texas
10. San Antonio, Texas 10. Dallas, Texas
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