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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: Spring 2012

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UTEP Fine-Tuning Its Skills In Exhibition Spring Season

Given the amount of success UTEP has experienced with 10 straight winning seasons, it is obvious that something is going right. Part of the reason for the Miners taking care of business in the fall is due to the hard work they put in during the offseason.

UTEP is in the middle of its exhibition spring season, with four games remaining. Home contests include facing off against Texas Tech (3 p.m., March 31) and Arizona (11 a.m., April 15) while the Miners play at New Mexico State (April 1) and at New Mexico (April 28).

Team Huddle Sarah Dilling Lauren Katada

2012 Schedule Announced

Five matches against 2011 NCAA Championship participants, the third battle of I-10 and playing host to the Conference USA Championships highlight what is a great 2012 schedule for UTEP.

To learn more about the Miners' opponents read the complete schedule release.

Fans can also download a printable PDF version or simply look it over on the schedule page.

Coach Cross Amanda Pak Azia Nicholson

Register Now For Miner Soccer Academies

Fans can now register for the popular Miner Soccer Academies, which will once again be held this summer!

Each camper will get a soccer ball and t-shirt by registering, in addition to some of the best instruction in the area. Campers who sign up for the first soccer camp at full price will receive a $20 discount for subsequent camps.

Get the full story by reading the official camp release or even better download and print off the camp brochure.

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Former Miner To Compete At 2012 London Olympic Games

Representing your country is the greatest honor that any athlete can have, and former Miner Kelly Parker will get to experience that first hand at the 2012 London Olympic games! Parker was one of the best players in program history, piling up 84 points from 1999-2003, and she later served as an assistant coach for more than five years.

A member of Team Canada since 2009, she played in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Parker will now once again be playing on the world's stage, thanks to Canada clinching a bid in the Olympics

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Former Miner Comes Home To Serve As Assistant Coach

One of the great things about how Coach Cross runs his program is that it is a family-style atmosphere. Perhaps nothing shows that more than former players serving as his assistant coaches.

That trend will continue in 2012 will both assistants being former players including the most-recent hiring of Ashleigh Decker.

She was a tough-nosed player and will be a great asset to the program, in working with Coach Cross and fellow assistant and UTEP soccer alumna Heather Clark.

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Miners Getting It Done In The Classroom

UTEP has been great on the pitch with 10 straight winning seasons, but more importantly it is taking care of business in the classroom. The Miners continued their academic excellence during the 2011-12 academic year, piling up 24 academic awards from C-USA.
Tori Martyn Gina Soto Mackenzie German
Connect With The Miners Through Social Media

UTEP soccer receives incredible support from its fans, and as a way to further strengthen that relationship it has stepped up its efforts in social media.

Show your support for the program by following the Miners on Twitter in addition to liking the page on Facebook.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

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 (* denotes prior to start of 2011 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 472 goals to place eighth in the country since 2002*
  • Posted mark of 78-12-3 at home 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, Repeats As Safest Big City In The Nation

For the second straight year the city of El Paso 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. EL PASO, TEXAS

1. Detroit, Mich.
2. Honolulu, Hawaii. 2. Baltimore, Md.
3. New York, N.Y. 3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. San Jose, 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
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