Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
4-1. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Former Miner Ashleigh Decker was named an assistant coach for the UTEP soccer team on Feb. 10, 2012. She was a four-year starter for the Miners (2003-06), including captaining the 2005 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Decker started all 84 matches during her time with the Orange and Blue, which rates tied as the most in program history. She logged the second-most minutes (6,916) in school history, making a name for herself a strong, physical defender throughout her career.
She helped the Miners forge a combined record of 59-23-2 and was a key component in their rise to one of the elite teams in the NCAA's Central Region. It was no more evident than in 2005 when UTEP rolled to a program-best mark of 20-4-1, including a 3-2 OT victory at Texas to punch its ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Decker was a leader of the back line that forged 33 combined shutouts over her four years in uniform, including the top two single-season efforts (11, 2006; 8, 2005) in program history.
She also got involved in the offense, tallying a pair of goals to go along with 12 assists. At the time of her graduation from UTEP, the 12 helpers ranked as the ninth most in program history.
Decker was a solid student as well, earning academic honors from the conference on three occasions. She graduated with a degree in business management from UTEP in May 2007.