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UTEP Soccer Newsletter:  Winter 2011

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Looking Back On 2011 

It was a great year for the UTEP soccer team in 2011, which overcame some key injuries and a reliance upon a lot of younger players to finish at 11-8-4 on the year and Conference USA Tournament Runner-Up.

The Miners made a big run in the Conference USA Tournament, nearly winning it as a seven seed, while locking up the 10th straight winning season. UTEP has now won 136 games since the start of the 2002 season, with only 62 losses and 10 ties.

There were a lot of positive results during the year, so take a moment to relive them here.

at UTEP 2, NM State 0.
at UTEP 4, Houston Baptist 0.
at UTEP 4, Prairie View A&M 0.
at UTEP 2, UALR 0.
at UTEP 2, Northern Colorado 0.
UTEP 3, at Sam Houston State 1.
at UTEP 1, Marshall 0.
UTEP 3, East Carolina 2.
UTEP 3, at Southern Miss 1.
at UTEP 6, Houston 3.
at UTEP 2, Rice 2.
at UTEP 2, Colorado College 1.
at UTEP 0, Rice 0, UTEP advances 3-1 on PKs.

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Big Run In C-USA Tourney 

The Miners enjoyed an incredible run at the 2011 Conference USA tournament, which nearly resulted in a league title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

In the quarterfinals the Miners toppled rival Colorado College, 2-1 to get the fun started. They then advanced into the finals on on penalty kicks over Rice, 0-0;3-1 with star freshman GK Sarah Dilling stopping three attempts.

The Miners then faced the task of battling host, unbeaten and No.4/6 Memphis in the championship contest. UTEP showed great heart in rallying to force OT on a goal from Brittany Kindzierski before being edged out in double overtime, 2-1, with seven minutes remaining before penalty kicks.

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Awards A Plenty 

While the Miners always focus on team success, it is great to see individuals be rewarded for their efforts throughout the year. Azia Nicholson, Katie Dorman and Tess Hall all earned a spot on the 2011 All-Conference USA teams while goalkeeper Sarah Dilling landed on the all-freshman squad. There was also success off the pitch, with Hall, Tori Martyn and Nicholson being named to the 2011 C-USA All-Academic Teams. Nicholson then went on to be distinguished for her 4.0 GPA in biology after she was voted to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District® 7 first team.
Katie Dorman Tess Hall Azia Nicholson

Looking Ahead To 2012 

While the 2011 season is still fresh on the minds of everyone at UTEP and in El Paso, it is hard not to start thinking about the 2012 season.

The Miners will have a lot of talent back, returning 10 of 11 players who registered at least one point in 2011. There were 13 individuals that started at least 10 matches for UTEP in 2011, and nine of them were either freshmen or sophomores.

But perhaps the most exciting news surrounding the 2012 season will be the fact that UTEP will be hosting the Conference USA tournament for the first time since 2007 and the second occasion overall in the program's history. The Miners receive incredible fan support, which has been a big factor in the team standing at 86-14-5 at home since the start of the 2002 season. Complete tournament information will be revealed at a later date but it definitely adds a level to excitement in thinking about next year.

Sarah Dilling Brittany Kindzierski Tayler O'Hayre

UTEP Soccer On Facebook And Twitter 

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. Fans can now follow UTEP Soccer on Twitter and become of fan of UTEP soccer 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: Now The Safest Big City In The Nation

    For the first time the city of El Paso has been ranked as the safest big city in the United States. El Paso moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in the annual report by the CQ Press.. The ranking comes in the same year that El Paso was named an All-American City.

    Top 10 Safest Cities In The Nation Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities In The Nation


    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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