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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: Winter 2012

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Feeling The Holiday Spirit

While the soccer season has come to a close, the Miners are in full swing for the2012 Holiday season.

Fans can get in the spirit and support UTEP by purchasing a UTEP Soccer Scarf

The Miner coaching staff has taken in some festive sights while on the road recruiting and the team spent some quality time together at the annual holiday dinner.

Here's wishing you all a very happy holiday season!

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UTEP Earns NSCAA Team Academic Honor

While success on the pitch is important, it pales in comparison the significance of succeeding in the classroom. Once again UTEP had an exemplary academic performance and received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for having a team GPA of 3.12.

Individual Academic Accolades Pour In

With more than 185 academic honors since the inception of the program, it's obvious that the Miners take their business in the classroom seriously. Hannah Asuchak and Tess Hall were rightly honored by being voted to the Academic All District Team while Tori Martyn, Azia Nicholson and Hall were voted to the select C-USA All-Academic Team
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Awards A Plenty For Azia

It is amazing how well Azia Nicholson plays on a consistent basis. An all-around player, Nicholson was recognized for her skills by being named to the NSCAA All-Region Team for a second straight year.

Nicholson was also honored by Conference USA for play on and off the pitch, landing on the league's all-academic team while being voted as a an all-conference performer for the second consecutive campaign.

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Three Miners Grab All-League Honors

While team success is always at the forefront for everything UTEP does, individuals getting some awards are always welcome.

Tess Hall, Tori Martyn and Azia Nicholson were incredible players throughout the 2012 season, and the rest of the conference took notice. All three of them landed on the All C-USA teams through votes from opposing C-USA coaches.

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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.

Oh What A Win...

As time passes and memories from the program's 11th straight season with at least 10 wins start to fade, it's always nice to reflect on some of the great moments from 2012.

There were plenty of highs throughout the season, but none were bigger than the Miners powering past No. 22 Memphis, 4-1.

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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 750 fans to LIKE us on Facebook if you haven't already.

Also come join the more than 500 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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Former Miner Wins Bronze Medal At 2012 London Olympic Games

Only the very best athletes compete at the Olympics. Even fewer win a medal. Count former Miner Kelly Parker in that select group, as she took home a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 London Olympics.

It was a great moment for both Parker and the program when Canada won the bronze medal match.

Her path to the Games was a challenge, and you can read about her amazing story on page 72 of the 2012 UTEP Summer magazine or get your own copy of the article by downloading it as a PDF.

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):
  • 136 wins to rate 22nd in the country since 2002*
  • 10 straight winning seasons, all of which had at least 10 victories*
  • Tied for second in C-USA with 96 wins after becoming a member in 2005*
  • Played in three league championship games, including in 2011*
  • Record of 86-14-3 at home since 2002*
  • Outscored the opposition, 303-90, in those home contests*
  • One of 12 teams in the country with more than 500 goals in the past decade
  • Represented on the all-conference team 24 times*
  • 513 goals to rate eighth in the country since 2002*
  • Attracted a Conference-USA best 41,675 fans to its home games since 2005*
  • Led C-USA in attendance four times out of seven since joining it in 2005*
  • Earned 131 academic honors & 186 academic awards in its 16-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, Repeats As Safest Big City In The Nation

El Paso has been in the top three for safest big cities since 1997. For the second 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. 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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