Miners Open 2009 Season With Thrilling OT Win In Battle Of I-10
Brittany Vacca buried a chance after a wild scramble in the box to lift the UTEP soccer team to an emotional 1-0 OT victory against I-10 rival New Mexico State in front of a school-record 1,610 fans at University Field Friday evening.
The match-winner came in the 95th minute, and it would initiate from a corner kick. Freshman MF Tess Hall played a beautiful ball into the area, where senior Tameka Sumter elevated above the pack and hammered a header in on net. Aggie netminer Katie Graul-who finished with seven saves in the contest- knocked the try away.
The ball went right back to Sumter, who once again was turned away on a header. The loose change came to freshman forward Skye Shultz, whose point-blank shot was stopped by Graul. The ball bounced back loose into a sea of players.
Vacca navigated through the commotion, and one-timed it home with her left foot to set off a celebration.
In a story seemingly straight out of a Hollywood script, Sky Blue F.C. capped an incredible in-season turnaround by winning the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer championship after defeating the Los Angeles Sol, 1-0.
Former Miner standout and current UTEP assistant coach Kelly Parker was a key cog for the team, which overcame some incredible odds to take home the championship. The team went through three different head coaches, spent the first half of the year in last place and played its final three games over three time zones in an eight-day stretch. Through it all, though, Sky Blue F.C. continued to battle, and Parker and her teammates were ulitmately rewarded for their efforts.
Parker played in 17 matches on the year, including 12 starts, for Sky Blue. She logged 1075 minutes of playing time on the year-an average of 63 minutes per match. She tallied one assist while serving as a steady player in the middle of the pitch for her squad.
There is no time to rest on their laurels, though, as the rest of September will provide a great challenge.
UTEP will play host to the 10th-annual Border Shootout, where it will challenge Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 and then take on Weber State at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13. Non-conference action will wrap up with a road match at Texas State on Sept. 20
UTEP will christen Conference USA play by welcoming Tulsa to El Paso at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 before closing out the month vs. SMU at 1 p.m. at University Field on Sept. 27.
There are some great promotions for the remaining four home matches in the month of September.
The UTEP soccer program is proud to announce that this year it has been providing free clinics following Sunday home matchs.
The first 50 fans will be receive instruction from Miner players and members of the coaching staff after every Sunday home match in 2009.
Team Days Registration Now Open
The 2009 UTEP women's soccer season is almost here, and so it is with great excitement that the program announces that the popular Team Days promotion is back and better than ever.
"Team Days" will allow players and coaches to attend one of the regular-season home games for FREE and receive recognition during the selected game. Friends and family members will receive a discounted ticket price of $2 per person. Teams are encouraged to wear their uniforms or orange in support of the Miners. They will also have a chance for an autograph and photograph session after the game with the UTEP Women's Soccer team.
El Paso, Texas: The Third Safest City In The Nation
A recent report ranked El Paso, Texas, among the safest U.S. cities with a population of of 500,000 or more (third). Therefore, student-athletes on the UTEP soccer team are able to pursue their academic endeavors and play soccer in one of the safest large cities in the nation!
The "Buy a Goal" Fundraiser is designed to help us fundraise for needed equipment and team activities. Last year the UTEP fundraising efforts rose over $5,000.00. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000.00. With your help, we can continue to provide the equipment and experiences for our very deserving student-athletes and compete with the nation's elite!
How does it work?: Throughout the season, the UTEP Miners will be scoring goals to win games this year. Sponsors, like yourself, will either sponsor a flat donation or a cash amount for every goal scored throughout the season that the UTEP Miners score. When the season is over, the goals will be tallied and your donation will be equal to the amount of goals times your cash amount donated per goal.
For example: If UTEP Soccer scores 30 goals this season and you sponsor a $1.00 per goal, you will donate $30.00 to the UTEP Miners' Soccer Gift Fund.
Your pledge will be the amount you check below times the number of goals that UTEP Soccer scores. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY NOW!!! After the season, we will let you know the results of our efforts and the amount of your pledge. At the time we receive your donation, your gifts will be sent out to you!