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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: Summer 2013

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2013 Schedule Released

In a week & a half, it will be the best season of the year. Soccer season!

The Miners will kick off the 2013 campaign at home against Utah Valley University on Aug. 23. That game will be highlighted by FREE food from Rudy's at the pre-game tailgate kickoff, which is also sponsored by the UTEP Alumni Association & Student Alumni Association. It will be the start of a six-game homestand to start the season.

Overall on the year there is plenty to be excited about, with four matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams & a revamped look to Conference USA.

Get the full scoop with the official schedule release and be sure to stop by the UTEP Athletic offices in the Brumbelow building to pick up the schedule poster which you can see here

Schedule Release
Cross Talk Returns

Cross Talk is back & filming shows. Cross Talk is the top-ranked show about UTEP Soccer, with host & head coach Kevin Cross joined by special guests.

The second episode of the year was recently completed, with the senior class and Coach Cross' kids making an appearance.

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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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Seniors Ready To Lead

With UTEP having 10 newcomers in the mix, there will be plenty of pressure on the returning letterwinners to provide leadership. The Miners returned nine starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2012 squad, and the biggest portion of those leadership duties will fall on the five seniors.

Fortunately for the UTEP faithful, Jade Babcock, Kenah Linger, Tori Martyn, Azia Nicholson and Gina Soto are up to the task. The quintet has a combined 21,469 minutes of playing time while appearing in a total of 296 games. 31 goals and 29 assists for 91 points have been provided, while 118 of the 294 shots have been on goal. With numbers like that, it is easy to understand the following quote by Coach Cross.

"We have a great group of seniors leading the way this season. They are all very motivated and want to end their careers at UTEP on a high note. All five have played significant roles during their careers at UTEP."

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Pre-Game Tailgate Set For Season Opener

Mark your calendar for Aug. 23. The Miners are set to open the 2013 season at home against Utah Valley University, and the UTEP Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association & Rudy's will team up to provide an awesome pre-game tailgate (5-7 p.m.)

From FREE food from Rudy's to activities to a chance to win FREE tickets to the tilt, there is certainly plenty of reasons to make plans to get to University Field early. For complete information, download the tailgate flyer in PDF format.

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Camper Reunion Set For Home Opener

Summer camps were a smashing success, and now campers will have the chance to see the players and coaches again as part of the Camper Reuinion promotion for the season opener against Utah Valley University on Aug. 23.

All campers receive FREE admission by wearing their camp shirts. They will also be able to be a part of the UTEP Alumni Association pre-grame tailgate in the parking lot of University Field, with Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q.

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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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Soccer To Kick Off 2013-14 UTEP Athletics Year

What makes the start of the soccer season so special is that it also serves as the kickoff for the entire 2013-14 UTEP Athletics season.

To read more about the upcoming 2013 season & get the scoop on all things going on with UTEP Athletics, be sure to read the latest version of Miner Pride.

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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.

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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. EL PASO, TEXAS

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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