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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: June 2011

2010 Highlight Video Now Online 

The UTEP soccer team enjoyed its school-record ninth consecutive winning season in 2010.

Relive all of the great moments with the 2010 Highlight Video.

Brittany Kindzierski Azia Nicholson Jade Babcock

2011 Schedule Unveiled 

UTEP head soccer coach Kevin Cross has revealed the 2011 schedule, with 12 home matches highlighting the 20-contest slate.

UTEP will renew the battle of I-10 in the season and home opener against NM State (Aug. 19), hold the second-annual Border Bash (Aug. 26 & 28), the 12th-annual Border Shootout (Sept. 9 & Sept. 11) while also playing seven of its 11 Conference USA contests at University Field.

Overall the Miners 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

Glance At Upcoming Senior Class 

UTEP soccer is poised to have tremendous leadership for the 2011 season, with Katie Dorman, Chandra Morden, Jessie Pettit and Brittany Thornton comprising the senior class.

The Miners have registered a combined record of 37-21-2 over the past three years, including 28-6 at home.

Seniors Seniors Seniors

2011 Miners Soccer Academy To Return In Summer 

The dates for the 2011 Miners Soccer Academy have been announced, with the popular camps set to commence on June 13. The camps provide soccer players of all ages and skill levels the chance to learn from Miner players and coaches.

2011 Miners Soccer Academy Brochure

Camp Camp Camp

Hall Helping In Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis  

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic life-threatening disease that affects over 30,000 Americans. UTEP soccer standout Tess Hall is combining something she loves, surfing, and a passion to help others to get involved in the fight against CF.

Her story was profiled in the 2011 UTEP Spring Magazine.

Tess Hall Tess Hall Tess Hall

Desilets Tabbed Top-10 Senior At UTEP 

Outgoing senior and four-year standout Melissa Desilets has added another honor, being chosen as a recipient of the UTEP Alumni Association Top 10 Senior Award.

It is a tremendous honor for the native of Edmonton who took home Academic All-American honors in November 2010.

Most recently she was recognized with the Golden Miner Award on May 3, 2011. She now plans to continue her education at Southwestern Medical School.

Desilets Academic All-American Desilets Academic All-American Desilets Academic All-American

Radcliffe & Johnson Tie The Knot 

Love was in the air on May 21, 2011, with former Miner and current assistant coach Jo Radcliffe and UTEP assistant director of speed, strength and conditioning Jordan Johnson getting married.

Radcliffe was a three-year starter for UTEP, compiling 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Following the conclusion of her career, she was named an assistant coach for UTEP soccer.

Johnson is directly responsible for program design and implementation for the women's soccer and softball teams, as well as assisting with football. He came to UTEP in spring 2009.

Johnson is back row, second from left. Radcliffe is back row, third from left.

Parker Continuing To Star 

Forme UTEP standout player and assistant coach Kelly Parker is continuing to thrive in her playing career.

Parker assisted on the match-winning strike in Canada's 2-1 victory in a friendly against Switzerland on May 18. Team Canada is preparing for the 2011 Women's World Cup, which will be contested from June 26 through July 17.

When she is not representing her country, Parker is competing with the Western New York Flash of the WPS.

She was the MVP of the league in 2010 and helped lead the Flash to the championship.

Parker is front row, second from the left.  
Kelly Parker

UTEP Challenges Alberta Provincial Squad  

UTEP capped its 2011 exhibition spring season by playing the Alberta Provincial squad on April 30. It marked the second year in a row that the Miners have faced the squad, and it proved to be a beneficial competition again.

UTEP will continue to have a strong Canadian presence on its 2011 roster.

The seven players from Canada on the roster are in the form of: Hannah Asuchak (Calgary, Alberta), Sarah Dilling (Calgary, Alberta), Mackenzie German (Edmonton, Alberta), Brittany Kindzierski (Edmonton, Alberta), Tori Martyn (St. Alberta, Alberta) Chandra Morden (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Amanda Pak (Calgary, Alberta).

Tori Martyn Brittany Kindzierski Chandra Morden

UTEP Soccer Now On Facebook 

The UTEP soccer program has always done a great job of connecting with its fan base. The latest evidence of that is the Miner soccer program launching a facebook page.

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 (* 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*.
  • 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 Josa, 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