UTEP Soccer Announces 2012 Recruiting Class

Feb. 1, 2012

EL PASO, TEXAS- UTEP head soccer coach Kevin Cross announced the signing of five outstanding individuals to national letters of intent on Wednesday.

"UTEP Soccer is very excited to announce five new additions to the UTEP Soccer family," Cross said. "I believe all five players can help us win games this fall, and I am very blessed to have these players join the program. 

"I am very thankful for the help I received in recruiting this talented incoming class. The UTEP Soccer team is awesome and is one of the biggest reasons players decide to attend UTEP.  The team welcomes our recruits and makes them feel like family. 

"The team also spends many days hosting these incoming players.  I am appreciative of the time the soccer support staff spent in recruiting this great class.  Heather Clark (Assistant Coach), Chisan Jones (Soccer Strength Coach), Maria Hernandez (Soccer Academic Advisor), Brennan Masters (Soccer Trainer), Lisa Campos (Senior Woman Administrator) have all spent countless hours to aid in UTEP Soccer's recruiting efforts.  President Natalicio has even taken time out of her extremely busy schedule to welcome these incoming players. 

"Today is a great day for UTEP Soccer, and I am very thankful for the great team effort that makes recruiting these top players a reality."

Below are bios on the Miners' five signees.                                                                                  



Keighton Allen

Bishop Carroll High School


Wichita, Kan.

Member of the KCFC Heat coached by Gareth Pritchard ... All-Event ECNL goalkeeper California 2010 ... Top Drawer Soccer 4 star rating ... member of Kansas State Olympic Development Team ... three-time All-City, All-Region, All-State and two-time All-Metro Goal Keeper ... guided Bishop Carroll High School to first undefeated season in school history ... Vype Pre-season Soccer Player of the Year  in both 2010 and 2011 ... Catch it Kansas Soccer Player of the Year 2010 ... trains with former MISL professional goalkeeper coach Cliff Brown ... National Honor Society Member, National Forensics League Member, Student Council Member, Spanish Club President, Captain of Varsity Debate Team ... interests are reading and making crafts out of Duct Tape...daughter of Mark and Shea Allen and is the oldest of 7 kids  ... born 12/30/93.

Angela Cutaia

Notre Dame Secondary School

Burlington Heat

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Played for Burlington Heat in the OYSL under head coach Casey Downey ... club was Ontario Cup Champions in 2006, semi-finalists in 2011 and a finalist in 2011 ... it was OYSL West Division Champions and League finalists in both 2010 & 2011 ... second-leading scorer in her division in 2010 while checking in third in 2011 ... co-captain for the Blessed Sacrament of the Ontario Junior Elite Basketball League ... regional team member in both soccer and basketball ... city of Burlington Junior Female Athlete of the Year ... multi-sport athlete at Notre Dame Secondary School, earning four letters in soccer, basketball and volleyball and three in badminton ... was the school's athlete of the year as both a junior and senior ... three-time Halton Region champion in both soccer and basketball ... was an all-regional performer in each of those years ...  2009 Provincial AAAA soccer OFSAA gold medalist in 2009 while earning the bronze in 2011 ... secured a silver in basketball in 2009 ... 2011 soccer MVP ... captained soccer, basketball and volleyball teams as a senior ... three-year honor roll member and a Notre Dame Prefect ... daughter of Angelo and Karen Cutaia ... has two older sisters, including one who plays soccer for Eastern Michigan University, and one younger brother ... born 10/26/94 (Burlington, Ontario, Canada).

Aleah Davis
Midway High School
D'Feeter's `95
Hewitt, Texas

Four-year varsity player, who earned a multitude of honors during her career  ... as a junior and sophomore was part of the team that made it to the State Semifinal ... selected to the All -State Tournament Team as a junior ... also received the honor in her sophomore ... other awards received include being tabbed second-team All-State, first-team All-Region, All-District, District MVP, Super Centex Team and chosen by fellow team mates as squad MVP ... also has had the honor of being elected to represent North Texas State ODP ... currently plays club soccer for D'Feeters 95' under the direction of Coach Shea Wilder and at the Midway High School for coach Bill Sharp ... daughter of Wendy Featherstone ... has two younger sisters ... born 8/12/94. 

Taylor Kidd

River East Collegiate

FC Northwest

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Played five years at Premier Winnipeg Club Team FC NorthWest where she was a standout midfielder coached by Al Peacock ... age advanced within FCNW at an early age, being two years advanced when she was 15, and three years when she was 16 ... 2010 Manitoba Provincial Champions ... 2010, U18 Premier Division League Champions ... 2010, U18 Winnipeg City Champions ... 2010 Las Vegas Mayor's International Finalist ... 2010 USA Cup Champions, scoring winning goal ... 2009 Grand Cities Tournament Champions ... played senior women's soccer in Winnipeg for Alex Estevez and Jabronis soccer club ... from 2006 to 2010 was member of Manitoba Provincial Team ... from 2006 to 2012 was member of Canadian RTC/NTC Program...represented Manitoba at Four Canadian National All Stars Tournaments, 2007-Montreal,  2008-Edmonton, 2009-Montreal, 2010-St John's ... recognized by her student peers as being a leader, 2009 ... enjoys photography, music, water sports, and the outdoors ...daughter of Trevor and Tiffany Kidd ... her father was a goaltender in the NHL for 12 years ... has two younger sisters ... born 2/25/94 (Calgary, Alberta).

Lauren Peck

Winston Churchill High School

Classic Elite

San Antonio, Texas

Four- year varsity starter who was nominated captain in 2011 by the team and coaches ... led team in scoring in both 2011 (19) and 2010 (12) ... had two astounding four-goal games in 2011 ... earned second-team All-District as both a freshman and sophomore and was first-team All-District in 2011 for junior year ... area finalist in 2009 and Bi-district finalist 2010 and 2011 for playoffs ... made first team All-Region and Super Team in 2011 ... great tribute to her Classic Elite club team with Dennis Chavarria as coach ... had several game-winning goals in season games and tournament games ... also an outstanding track runner and huge asset to the track team ... broke the school record several times for the 400m dash and had a fastest time of 57.58 ... contributed in breaking another school record for the 4x1m relay with a time of 49.08 in the regional meet in 2011 ... finished second in districts for the 400 and was fifth in the Regional meet in 2010 ... in 2011, medaled 1st in districts in the 400m dash, 2nd in regional's, and finished 9th in the State Championship meet ... is a leader of FCA ... enjoys hanging out with her family and friends ... attributes all of her success to her faith and everyone who supports her ... extremely thankful for her mother, Courtney Fultz, and grandparents Bob and Karen Peck, and for all of their support ... has three younger sisters ... born 9/21/93.

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