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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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*.
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