UTEP is flying high heading into Conference USA play. The Miners (7-2-1) set a school record by winning four straight road matches to close out non-conference action with plenty of momentum but their focus is strictly on the home match-ups against defending co-C-USA champion Rice at 7 p.m. Friday and offensive powerhouse Southern Miss at 12 p.m. MT Sunday.
UTEP made some program history to close out non-conference play. The Miners won a school record four straight road games to finish non-conference action at 7-2-1.
The prior school standard for consecutive road victories (three) was shared by the 2003, 2005 & 2009 squads. The record-setting 2005 team holds the program mark for longest unbeaten streak in hostile territory at six (5-0-1).
The Miners will have a chance to equal the unbeaten streak in hostile territory when they play at UAB (6 p.m. MT, Oct. 4) & at Florida Atlantic (11 a.m. MT, Oct. 6).
Living It Up On The Road
While the Miners have been taking care of business on the road in terms of wins, they've also managed to enjoy some sights along the way.
One of the really incredible things for the UTEP soccer program is the amount of media coverage it receives in El Paso. The local media does a great job of helping the program gain exposure, and it is a wonderful opportunity for the citizens of El Paso to learn more about the players and team.
Here are some stories that have been done recently
After the interviews were held, the fun began with the media members being divided into three teams of six (Team TV, Team Newspaper/Radio & Team KTSM). Team TV & Team Newspaper advanced to the final, with Team TV clinching the championship on a brilliant strike by Antonio Favela.
For years area soccer players have had the chance to improve their skillset through the UTEP Soccer Summer Camps. The camps have been a big success, and as result the Miner soccer program is excited to announce the creation of the UTEP Soccer College Winter Camps.
The camp, open to all soccer players ages 7-18, is the perfect camp for players that want to know exactly what it's like to play college soccer! The UTEP Soccer staff will first run campers through a college practice covering various topics like possession, 1 v 1's, and finishing. Then players will put into practice what they've learned in a game-realistic scrimmage! Campers will need to bring cleats, a soccer ball and a water bottle to camp.
The cost is $75 if campers register on or before Nov. 29 and $90 on or after Nov. 30. All campers will receive a dri-fit camp t-shirt, and the camp will be held from Dec. 6-8, 2013 at University Field. On both Friday and Saturday it will be from 6-9 p.m. while Sunday the camp will run 1-4 p.m.
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):
146 wins to rate t23rd in the country since 2002
11 straight seasons with at least 10 victories
Ranked 3rd in C-USA with 106 wins after becoming a member in 2005
Played in three league championship games, including in 2011
Dominant record of 93-16-5 at home since 2002
Scored 544 goals to place 13th in the country since 2002
Four-time C-USA attendance leader & 45,821 fans since 2005
Earned 138 athletic honors & 203 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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