UTEP Soccer Newsletter: 2010 Rewind
The Year In Review
UTEP rolled to a mark of 11-8 on the year to record its school-record ninth straight winning season. All of those years featured at least 10 victories. The Miners only achieved the feat once (1998) prior to head coach Kevin Cross' tenure.
Each win was special, and a breakdown of all them them ensues.
The Miners opened up the season in fine fashion by posting a 1-0 triumph against the two-time defending Big Sky champion Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Aug. 22.
An explosive first half proved big in a 3-1 defeat of Utah Valley University on Aug. 29.
The first road match of the year ended in thrilling fashionin what proved to be a 2-1 UTEP triumph at in-state foe Stephen F. Austin. on Sept. 3.
A flurry of offense was more than enough in a 5-1 rout at Houston Baptist on Sept. 5.
An early goal started the fun in an eventual 3-0 blanking of North Dakota on Sept. 11.
It was all UTEP in the first game of the Border Bash as the Miners dismantled Lamar, 6-1, on Sept. 17.
UTEP took home the title at the first Border Bash by destroying Alabama A&M, 12-1, on Sept. 19.
Conference USA play started on a high note with UTEP besting UAB, 3-1, on Sept. 24.
The Miners ran their winning streak to eight after toppling No. 25 Memphis, 2-1, on Sept. 26.
A high-quality senior class was sent out in style in a convincing 2-0 defeat of Southern Miss on Oct. 15.
Plenty of heart and determination was displayed as UTEP derailed rival Colorado College, 4-0, on the road in the season finale on Oct. 29.
Other team accomplishments included
Leading the nation in scoring for a good part of the year
Climbing to as high as 29th nationally In the TopDrawerSoccer.com ratings
Earning a regional ranking for a program-best seventh straight year.
Defeating a top-25 program.
Desilets Secures Academic All-American Honors
Senior defender Melissa Desilets enjoyed a fitting conclusion to her career in the Sun City with her selection to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America® Women's Soccer second team on Nov. 19.
The achievement was the latest of many for the native of Edmonton who became the fourth Miner soccer student-athlete to be so honored.
|Kelly Parker (white headband to the left of the trophy) celebrates with Team Canada.
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 (* dentotes as of start of the 2010 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 428 goals to place eighth in the country 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.
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||Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities In The Nation
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|1. Detroit, Mich.
|2. Honolulu, Hawaii.
||2. Baltimore, Md.
|3. New York, N.Y.
||3. Memphis, Tenn.
|4. San Josa, Calif.
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|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