UTEP Soccer Timeline

Athletic department officials announce the addition of women's soccer as the 15th intercollegiate sport at UTEP. It is the first women's sport added since women's golf in 1985.

1996 Team Photo

Feb., 1996
Veronica O'Brien is introduced as the first soccer coach at UTEP.

Mar. 7, 1996
Veronica O'Brien announces the signing of defender Andrea Quintanar to a National Letter of Intent - the first official recruit in Miner soccer history.

Aug. 13, 1996
19 players - including 10 from El Paso high schools - begin practice at Charlie Davis Field. The field was built next to the Student Rec Center in the summer of 1996.

Aug. 30, 1996
UTEP plays its inaugural game at Texas Tech. The Miners lose 1-0.

Sept. 7, 1996
Andrea Quintanar scores the first goal (unassisted) in school history at the 3:23 mark of a 4-1 loss at Pepperdine.

Sept. 22, 1996
UTEP defeats College of the Southwest, 7-1, for its first win in the first home game in program history. Angela Ness and Brenda Fierro each score two goals in the match.

Sept. 29, 1996
UTEP plays its first overtime contest, defeating Midwestern State 1-0 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Oct. 25, 1996
UTEP defeats Wyoming, 2-0, for its first WAC victory in school history.

Nov. 4, 1996
Ja'net Esparza is named WAC Mountain Division Freshman of the Year and to the Mountain Division first team.

Dec., 1996
UTEP's final schedule is ranked No. 9 nationally out of 32 First-Year Division I programs and 125 out of 217 nationally.

Aug. 30, 1997 - part 1
UTEP defeats first-year program Troy State, 20-0, in Lake Charles, La. At the time of the match, the 54 points were an NCAA record, the 20 goals were the third-most in NCAA history and the 19 assists were the fourth-most in NCAA history.

Aug. 30, 1997 - part 2
In UTEP's 20-0 victory over Troy State, Andrea Quintanar (3:00, 7:00, 40:00, 71:00),Yliana Rodriguez (36:00, 46:00, 73:00, 77:00) and Rebecca Calder (57:00, 63:00, 79:00) record the first three hat tricks in school history.

Sept. 8, 1998
UTEP makes its first appearance in the Soccer Buzz rankings, coming in at No. 9 in the Central Region after a 3-0 start. The Miners would spend the next eight weeks in the rankings, reaching a program best sixth over a three-week span from Oct. 13-27.

Oct. 25, 1998
UTEP defeats Wyoming 3-0 to finish WAC play with a 5-1 record and claim the Mountain Division Co-Championship with SMU.

Nov. 3, 1998
UTEP earns a pair of WAC post-season awards with Veronica O'Brien being named Mountain Division Coach of the Year and freshman Laura Glasspoole the Mountain Division Player of the Year.

Sept. 23, 1999
UTEP defeats Arizona 4-3 in the first-ever night game at Charlie Davis Field.

Feb. 1, 2001
Kevin Cross is announced as the second head coach in school history.

Aug. 1, 2001
UTEP opens the Kevin Cross regime with a 2-1 overtime win over Detroit. The second half was delayed 90 minutes due to lightning in the area.

Oct. 25, 2002
A record 1,024 fans pack University Field for the Miners' 2-0 victory over Rice.

Nov. 8, 2002
In the third conference tournament game in history, the Miners earn their first win by virtue of a 6-2 throttling of Rice. Holly Cohen records her third hat trick of the season while Miranda Cuthbertson put two balls in the back of the net.

Nov. 9, 2002
UTEP appears in its first conference tournament title game, but falls to SMU 3-1. Holly Cohen (MVP), Miranda Cuthbertson, Kelly Parker and Kat McShane are named to the All-Tournament Team.

Nov. 25, 2002
Holly Cohen is named to the Verizon Academic All-America Women's Soccer University Division First Team. With a 3.8 GPA in criminal justice, she is the first Miner to achieve the honor.

Dec. 2002
UTEP finishes the season ranked first in the NCAA in scoring at 4.42 goals per match. That is the 12th-highest average in NCAA history. Senior Kelly Parker leads the nation in assists with a 1.0 per game average.

Apr. 17, 2003
Six months after setting a University Field attendance record, 3,026 soccer enthusiasts flock to the Sun Bowl for a friendly between UTEP and the Mexico National Team.

Oct. 22, 2004
UTEP defeats 20th-ranked SMU, 3-2, in overtime for its first win over a ranked opponent.

Nov. 30, 2004
Heather Clark is named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Soccer University Division First Team. With a 4.0 GPA in education, she joins Holly Cohen as the only Miners to earn the honor.

Oct. 16, 2005
UTEP defeats Tulsa, 3-0, for the 100th in win school history.

Nov. 8, 2005
Two days after falling to Rice in the Conference USA title game, UTEP is awarded an at-large bid to the 2005 NCAA Tournament - its first in program history.

Nov. 11, 2005
UTEP stuns Texas, 3-2, in overtime, in Austin to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournaments. The Miners trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining in regulation before Jami Tullius scored at the 80:09 and 88:45 marks to tie the game. Leslie Platz then scored 4:37 into overtime for her first career game-winning goal.

Nov. 13, 2005
The most successful season in school history comes to a close with a 2-1 loss to No. 6 Cal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UTEP's 20 victories are a school record and tie the Conference USA standard.

Nov. 22, 2005
Jami Tullius is named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Soccer University Divsion Second Team. With a 4.0 GPA in mechanical engineering, she joined Holly Cohen and Heather Clark as the only Miners to earn a spot on the national teams.

Jan. 31, 2006
In the final women's soccer RPI generated by the NCAA, UTEP was listed at 31st in the nation and first among C-USA schools. The Miners also came in at seventh among the 62 schools in the NCAA's Central Region.

July 19, 2006
The $100,000 renovation for University Field is completed. The facility is now equipped with a new playing surface, which was laser leveled, a state-of-art irrigation system, new electrical components, improved lighting and a permanent fence surrounding the field.

Oct. 8, 2006
UTEP defeats No. 17 Rice in front of a school-record 1,106 fans. It marked the highest ranked opponent that the Miners have defeated in the history of the program. Additionally, the match is carried nationally by College Sports Television, the first-ever national television game from the Sun City.

Oct. 22, 2006
UTEP defeats No. 25 Colorado College, 2-0, to cap off the season undefeated at home (10-0) for the second time in school history. The victory is the second on the year against a ranked foe, a program first.

Oct. 24, 2006
For the first time in school history, UTEP is ranked in the National Soccer Coaches of America NCAA Central Region top-10 poll.

Oct. 29, 2006
UTEP blanks Marshall, 4-0, to pick up its school-record 11th shutout of the campaign. Entering the season, the standard had been eight.

Dec. 15, 2006
Anoop Josan is named a fourth-team freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz, becoming the second player in school history to be so honored.

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