UTEP Soccer Holds Media Day On Eve Of Alumni Game
Aug. 15, 2008
The UTEP soccer team welcomed members of the press to University Field for Media Day Friday afternoon. The Miners, who will partake in the Annual Alumni Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, fielded questions from multiple television stations and newspaper outlets during the event. Admission to the Alumni Game is free to the public.
“It is a huge opportunity to have the type of coverage we have in El Paso for women’s soccer,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We are very thankful for all of the publicity that the newspapers, radio stations and television stations provide us with.
“We have led Conference USA in attendance the past two years,” Cross said. “The coverage from the El Paso media is a big reason for that. They’ve let the city of El Paso learn about what type of soccer team we have at UTEP.”
UTEP, which returns 10 letterwinners from a team that advanced to the semifinals of the 2007 Conference USA tournament, enters the '08 campaign in search of its school-record seventh straight 10-plus win season.
There were a few questions marks surrounding the squad at the onset of camp- primarily how UTEP will handle replacing the program’s all-time leading scorer and its top two netminders- but those concerns seemed to be non-existent as Cross shared his feelings about how the Miners have progressed.
“I think camp has gone really well,” Cross said. “There is more depth, and the team is playing really well. Everyone has had great attitudes while working hard. I couldn’t have asked for any more out of them.”
The Miners, who boast a Conference USA best 48 victories since joining the league in 2005, kick off the regular season with a contest against Big 12 member Baylor on Aug. 22 at University Field.
For the match against the Bears, Pepsi products, Thundersticks and temporary UTEP face tattoos will be given away while supplies last. There will be free admission for all kids who wear their shirt from UTEP’s soccer camp, while tickets for the parents will be only $2. Additionally, the Miners will sign autographs after the match.
The match against Baylor is the first of five straight home tilts for the Orange and Blue, and Cross hopes that El Pasoans will flock to University Field early and often. They certainly have done just that in recent years, with their enthusiastic support playing a large factor in the Miners’ sparkling record of 50-6-1 at home since 2002.
“The support from the fans and the media make a huge difference for us,” Cross said. “We’re hoping to have a great crowd in our season opener against Baylor.”