Sumter, Winbush Tabbed To C-USA Soccer Preseason Team

Tameka Sumter

Tameka Sumter

Aug. 11, 2009

UTEP seniors Tameka Sumter and Chelsea Winbush have been selected to the 2009 Conference USA women’s soccer preseason team, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

“We are very proud of Chelsea and Tameka to be recognized on the list, and represent UTEP soccer,” UTEP soccer head coach Kevin Cross said. “Both of them are among the best in C-USA for attacking, and it is a great honor for them to be amongst the league’s best. We hope they help us have a great season in 2009.”

Sumter enjoyed a banner campaign in 2008, pacing C-USA in goals (10), match-winning goals (four) and points (23). She was consistent throughout the season, with six of the tallies and two of the helpers coming during conference play. The San Antonio native’s six goals tied as the most of any player for league games only, an impressive feat considering the opposition marked her with its top defender every game.

For her efforts, Sumter was selected as an All C-USA first-team member while also garnering a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region third team.

Winbush also was impressive last year. A defender since arriving at UTEP, she switched to midfield early in the year, and proved to be a quick study. She tallied 15 points (four goals/seven assists) in those 13 games at MF, including a pair of game-winning strikes. Six of her helpers came in C-USA play, which placed her second in league only games behind teammate Cara Nordin’s tally of nine. Overall, Winbush ranked third in the league in assists.



At year’s end Winbush landed a spot on the All C-USA second team. Additionally, she became the only player in C-USA history to win both an offensive and defensive player of the weed award after taking home the offensive honor on Sept. 22, 2008.

Sumter, Winbush and the rest of the Miners are in the midst of a two-and-a half week training camp. The Orange and Blue will continue to practice all the way up to kicking off the season against I-10 rival New Mexico State at 7 p.m. at University Field on Aug. 21.

The match against the Aggies will mark the earliest start date in program history and will be the initial contest for NMSU. 2009 will be its first year that it will field a soccer squad.

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