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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: September 2013

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Miners On A Roll

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.

They will mark the first two of 10 total C-USA contests. Be sure to check out the 2013 schedule in its entirety. Or if you have laser-like focus similar to the Miners, just read the preview article for the upcoming games this weekend.

Road Warriors

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).

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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.

The day after beating NAU in a thriller, UTEP took time to stop over for a team photo at the Grand Canyon. The Miners have also posed at historic sites, spent time in the river in Gruene, Texas, and done much, much more!

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Media Coverage Galore

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

Gina Soto's inspiring story in the El Paso Times
Gina Soto feature story in The Prospector
Preview story in What's Up Magazine
Sarah Dilling is ready for the season article from the El Paso Times
Jade Babcock motivated for senior season feature in the El Paso Times
Season Preview Feature Story On Seniors

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4th-Annual Media PK Challenge A Big Hit

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.

Relive the best moments through this photogallery. Also be sure to check out Bill Knight's team overview in the El Paso Times and also look over the great coverage given by Edwin Delgado in the UTEP student newspaper The Prospector.

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Preseason Fun With The UTEP Soccer Family

Part of the reason that the UTEP soccer team has experienced sustained success over the years is due to the family-like atmosphere surrounding the program.

Coach Cross & his staff do a great job of creating that environment through the structure of the preseason training schedule. There are plenty of fun events to break up the tough practice schedule and also help the team grow closer. Among them is the team watching the inspirational movie "Glory Road" together, the always entertaining Green Grass Classic, the trust-enhancing blindfolded team-building activity, the you never know what you will get skits galore at the Get To Know You Team Dinner and heading up to the mountains on Wyler Tramway to set team goals for the year

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Winter Camp Planned

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 complete information, download the camp brochure in PDF format..

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Promotions A Plenty In 2013 

There are a lot of great promotions in store for the 2013 UTEP soccer season.

The popular FREE clinics Mini Miners' Sunday Fun Days are back again while local area high school/middle school teams can once again take advantage of The Team Days Promotion.

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UTEP Garners National Recognition As A School

UTEP was just ranked among the best universities in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine.

The ranking adds to UTEP's reputation for making a big difference in the lives of our students, the El Paso region and our nation.

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 1,000 fans to LIKE us on Facebook if you haven't already.

Also come join almost 700 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):
  • 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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El Paso, Texas, The SAFEST Big City For A Third Straight Year

El Paso has been in the top three for safest big cities since 1997. For the third 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. Detroit, Mich.
2. San Diego, Calif. 2. Baltimore, Md.
3. New York, N.Y. 3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Austin, Texas. 4. Philadelphia, Pa.
5. San Jose, Calif. 5. Washington, D.C.
6. Los Angeles, Calif. 6. Indianapolis, Ind.
7. Portland, Ore. 7. Milwaukee, Wis.
8. Charlotte, N.C. 8. Columbus, Ohio
9. Seattle, Wash. 9. Oklahoma City, Okla.
10. San Antonio, Texas 10. Houston, Texas
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