UTEP Soccer Newsletter: May 2009

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Successful Spring Concludes

The UTEP soccer team capped its spring training season by drilling Eastern New Mexico, 7-0, at University Field on April 18. Tameka Sumter, who paced Conference USA in goals last year, keyed the charge with a hat trick while Kaysie Samaniego netted a pair. Goaltender Sara Kaltwasser was credited with the shutout in leading the stop toops.

The spring slate started by the Miners giving Pacific-10 power Arizona all it could handle on its home turf, as the Orange and Blue impressed on the way to picking up a 1-1 result in Tucson.

The Miners struck first following a perfectly-placed lob from Melissa Desilets was hammered home on a header by Jo Radcliffe. The Wildcats managed to rally with a strike off a set piece, but that was all that they could do.

Other spring contests included match-ups against BCS foes Arizona State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State which afforded UTEP great chances to improve on team defending, possession and communication. The team took a big step mentally, physically and tactically toward a championship.

Another positive from the spring was the return of Anoop Josan, who played for Team Canada at the U-20 Women's World Cup last fall.

Melissa Desilets Anoop Josan Tameka Sumter

UTEP Adds Another Summer Camp

With two camps already on the docket, UTEP soccer is pleased to announce the addition of a third camp to be held in the coming months. Registration is now open, and for only $95 campers receive a soccer ball and a t-shirt, not to mention 15 hours of instruction from the Miner Soccer staff and top area coaches.

Head coach Kevin Cross and his staff will be joined by an all-star cast of coaches: 

  • Chapin Girls' Soccer Coach: Amber Mack
  • Franklin Girls' Soccer Coach: Scott Gilmore
  • San Elizario Girls' Soccer Coach: John Romero
  • Del Valle Girls' Soccer Coach: Gibby Widner
  • Coronado Girls' Soccer Coach: Andrea Esparza
  • Del Valle Boys' Soccer Coach: Bruce Reichman
  • Del Valle Boys' Assistant Coach: Ozzy Vazquez
  • Burges Boys' Soccer Coach: David Rascon
  • Former El Paso Patriot: Luis Rincon
  • Former El Paso Patriot: Carlos Martinez
  • Head Coach Storm Club: Oscar Mendoza

The dates for the camps are June 8-12, June 12-17 and July 13-17.

To get more information about all of the camps directed by UTEP soccer this summer, please click here 

Summer Campers Head coach Kevin Cross Katie Dorman

El Paso, Texas: The Third Safest City In The Nation

In a recent report released, El Paso, Texas, was ranked the third-safest city to live in the United States for cities with a population of 500,000 or more. Therefore, student-athletes on the UTEP soccer team don't only get to play for a top-notch program, but they get to do so at one of the most secure, safest places in the nation!

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

1. San Jose, Calif.

1. Detroit, Mich.
2. Honolulu, Hawaii 2. Baltimore, Md.
3. EL PASO, TEXAS 3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. New York, N.Y. 4. Washington, D.C.
5. Austin, Texas 5. Philadelphia, Pa.
6. San Diego, Calif. 6. Dallas, Texas
7. San Antonio, Texas 7. Nashville, Tenn.
8. Louisville, Ky. 8. Charlotte, N.C.
9. Fort Worth, Texas 9. Columbus, Ohio
10. Jacksonville, Fla. 10. Houston, Texas

El Paso Folklore Downtown El Paso A Firework Show

Team Awards Announced At Banquet

The UTEP Soccer Team held its annual banquet in the end of April, with several individuals earning accolades for their achievements both on and off the pitch. Tameka Sumter earned her first Offensive Player of the Year award while Jo Radcliffe took home the Defensive Player of the Year award for the initial occassion. Cara Nordin repeated as the Most Inspirational Player while also securing the Leadership Award. Brittany Thornton was tabbed the Most Improved Player, while Brittany Vacca secured the Newcomer of the Year.

Academic success is also a priority to the program, and that is why there were numerous individuals to be so recognized for their efforts in the classroom. Melissa Desilets, Katie Dorman, Jordan Freiberg, Cara Nordin, Jo Radcliffe, Brittany Vacca and Chelsea Winbush all garnered awards. 

Cara Nordin Brittany Thornton Brittany Vacca

Nordin Honored At "Dinner With The Miners"

UTEP senior soccer player Cara Nordin was recognized with one of the top awards at the institution when she received the Golden Miner Award at the 35th-annual "Dinner With The Miners" banquet at the Wyndam's El Paso Airport on May 1. 

Nordin was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Kevin Cross and was a part of the second-winningest class in program history. Nordin ranks second at the school in assists (25), fourth in points (77) and sixth in goals (77). She captained the 2008 Miner squad, which went 13-7-1 en route to extending the pogram's record streak of both a winning season and at least 10 victories to seven.

She has made the College of Science Dean's List for the past four years and was a four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll as well. A member of the National Honor Society, she graduated in December with a degree in Psychology.

An active member of UTEP's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Nordin has volunteered her time at numerous local schools and is a special needs volunteer at Independent Networking, Inc.

Nordin will continue her involvement with UTEP soccer in 2009, serving as one of the two program coordinators. She will be joined by former teammate and standout keeper, Jessica Salvi.

Cara Nordin Coach Cross And Cara Nordin With Her Award Cara Nordin

2009 Schedule Released

Click Here To View The Complete 2009 Schedule

UTEP head soccer coach Kevin Cross announced the 2009 schedule recently, with the earliest start date in program history, 12 home matches and the christening of the I-10 rivalry highlighting the slate.

"Everyone with UTEP soccer is looking forward to the 2009 season," Cross said. "We have a great schedule with many home games for the best fans in Conference USA to view. The team has high expectations for the 2009 season, and we appreciate El Paso and the university's support of UTEP Soccer. There is a lot of parity in Conference USA, and our fans can make a big difference in our games' outcomes."

The Miners, who return 13 players with starting experience from the 13-7-1 2008 team, kick things off by battling New Mexico State at University Field on Aug. 21. The game will be historic in nature, with 2009 marking the first year for Aggie soccer, not to mention the fact that UTEP has never played a game before Aug. 25.

Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Utah State will venture to El Paso the weekend of Aug. 28 to help comprise the field for the 12th-annual Miner Classic. The tournament will be the first of two hosted by the Miners in 2009, with the 10th-annual Border Shootout slated for the weekend of Sept. 11. Arkansas State, Sam Houston State and Weber State will travel to the Sun City for the event. Sandwiched in between will be a home game vs. Utah Valley University (Sept. 6).

UTEP will play just a pair of non-conference road games, doing so at Eastern Washington on Sept. 3 and against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Texas State on Sept. 20.

Conference USA action will commence the final weekend of September, and for just the second time in the past six years, UTEP will do so at home. The Miners will take on Tulsa and SMU on Sept. 25 and 27, respectively. A challenging stretch will follow, with the Orange and Blue facing Memphis (Oct. 2), UAB (Oct. 4), UCF (Oct. 9) and Southern Miss (Oct. 11) all in hostile territory.

The Miners will wrap up their home portion of the C-USA schedule with four successive matches. The stretch will include Marshall (Oct. 16), East Carolina (Oct. 18), Houston (Oct. 23) and Rice (Oct. 25). The regular season will come to a close at Colorado College on Oct. 30.

The 2009 C-USA Women's Soccer Championship will be held from Nov. 5-8 on the campus of SMU, where UTEP will be in search of the tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

University Field Chelsea Winbush UTEP Soccer Fans

Buy A Goal Fundraiser Underway

Buy A Goal Donor Sheet in PDF Format

The "Buy a Goal" Fundraiser is designed to help us fundraise for needed equipment and team activities. Last year the UTEP fundraising efforts rose over $5,000.00. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000.00. With your help, we can continue to provide the equipment and experiences for our very deserving student-athletes and compete with the nation's elite!

How does it work?: Throughout the season, the UTEP Miners will be scoring goals to win games this year. Sponsors, like yourself, will either sponsor a flat donation or a cash amount for every goal scored throughout the season that the UTEP Miners score. When the season is over, the goals will be tallied and your donation will be equal to the amount of goals times your cash amount donated per goal.

For example: If UTEP Soccer scores 30 goals this season and you sponsor a $1.00 per goal, you will donate $30.00 to the UTEP Miners' Soccer Gift Fund.

Your pledge will be the amount you check below times the number of goals that UTEP Soccer scores. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY NOW!!! After the season, we will let you know the results of our efforts and the amount of your pledge. At the time we receive your donation, your gifts will be sent out to you! 

Amount Pledged PER GOAL Score

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One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide, Poster, Soccer Polo, Soccer Ball and Soccer bag

[  ]$10.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide,  Poster, Soccer Polo and Soccer Ball

[  ]$5.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide, Poster, a T-Shirt and a Soccer Ball

[  ]$3.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide, a Poster and a T-Shirt

[  ]$2.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide and a Poster

[  ]$1.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter and a Media Guide


OR- I'd rather give a FLAT donation (my donation is attached) of:

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One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide, Poster, a T-Shirt, a Soccer Ball and a UTEP Soccer Bag

[  ] $200.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide, Poster,   a T-Shirt and a Soccer Ball


[  ]$100.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, Media Guide, a Poster and a T-Shirt


[  ]$50.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter, a Media Guide and a Poster

[  ]$20.00

One year of the UTEP Soccer Newsletter and a Media Guide



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