UTEP Soccer Notes: At Tulsa
Oct. 9, 2010
UTEP To Wrap Up Road Swing At Tulsa
UTEP will look to cap its four-game road swing on a high note when it plays at Tulsa at 12 p.m. MT Sunday. The Miners (9-4-0, 2-3-0 C-USA) were saddled with a hard-fought 1-0 setback at SMU on Friday. The Golden Hurricane (5-8-0, 0-5-0 C-USA) were held off by Colorado College, 2-1, on Friday.
Did You Know
The last time UTEP was trying to end a three-game winless stretch, it did so with a 2-1 victory against Tulsa on Oct. 5, 2007.
Did You Know Part Two
UTEP is 3-0-1 under head coach Kevin Cross in games played on Oct. 10. It has outscored the opposition by a count of 8-3 in those tilts, including a 4-1 triumph against Tulsa in 2003.
Quick Rundown On The Golden Hurricane In 2010
Tulsa surged out of the gates by picking up wins in five of its first six contests. It has been tough times since, with seven straight setbacks. Six of those defeats, though, were in hostile territory. Overall the Golden Hurricane stand at 5-8-0 on the year, including 0-5-0 within league play.
This And That On The Tulsa Offense
Tulsa has scored 19 times on the season for an average of 1.46 goals per game (7th C-USA/132nd nation). Claire Nicholson has proven to be the top threat with seven strikes (4th C-USA/70th nation). Stephanie Aitken (three) and Rebecca Handley (two) are the only other players with multiple strikes. Kellsey Killion is another individual to keep an eye on, with her squad-best four assists (10th C-USA). No other TU player has more than one assist.
This And That On The Tulsa Defense
Tulsa has let in 14 strikes for a goals against average of 1.08 (6th C-USA/92nd nation). No team has tallied more than two goals on the campaign. TU has posted two shutouts while holding eight foes to just one tally. GK Katie Bykowski has (5-8) has started all 13 matches. She has made 53 saves (4th C-USA) for a save percentage of .803 (7th C-USA) and GAA of 1.00 (6th C-USA)
What A Difference Between Home And Road
Tulsa is 5-2-0 on the year at home (0-5-0 on the road). It has outscored the opposition by a count of 18-6 (been outscored 13-1 in five away matches). It has only been shutout once at home (blanked five times on the road).
Tulsa Getting After It Early
The Golden Hurricane have outpaced their foes by a combined count of 11-5 on the year in the first half. It has been a different story in the second half, with Tulsa having been outscored by a count of 8-7.
Cornering The Opposition
Tulsa has impressed with its ability to win corner kicks (53), but perhaps what stands out more is the fact that it has given up only 38 such set pieces for the opposition.
Keep The Whistle Ready
Tulsa is a physical team which has been tagged for 140 fouls, the third-highest sum in Conference USA. TU has been called offside on 37 times, which tops the league. Needless to say, expect ample stops during the game on Sunday.
Unbalanced C-USA Slate
Thanks to the unbalanced slate in Conference USA, the Miners (9-4-0) will have finished out the regular season with four straight and seven of their final nine league match-ups on the road (currently 0-3 in stretch). Overall those seven foes are a combined 31-11-3 at home in 2010, including 11-4-1 in conference contests. The breakdown for amount of home and road games for all 12 league teams is as follows:
Seven home, four road: Memphis, Rice & UCF
Six home, five road: Houston, Southern Miss & UAB
Five home, six road: Colorado College, Marshall & SMU
Four home, seven road: East Carolina, Tulsa & UTEP
Miners Facing Veteran-Laden Teams
UTEP boasts a mark of 9-4-0 on the year despite facing some well-seasoned foes. On average the oppositions’s roster has featured eight returning starters and 14 letterwinners. The Miners, who have eight freshmen and 11 underclassmen overall, only brought back five starters and 10 letterwinners.
SMU Sneaks Past UTEP, 1-0
UTEP fought hard but was ultimately held off at SMU, 1-0, on Friday evening. The Mustangs’ Kaityln Eidson put away a header for the only tally of the tilt at 8:52.
The Miners registered 11 shots in the game, including twp on goal. UTEP also earned a quintet of corner kicks-compared to two by the Mustangs- but could not light up the scoreboard as the homestanding side prevailed.
Hey, Nobody’s Perfect
The Miners slipped to 8-0-1 in games when they were trying to end a two-match skid since 2002. UTEP has outpaced the opposition, 22-8, in those contests.
A National Matter
UTEP vaulted itself into the national spotlight with its play this year. As of the NCAA report on Oct. 3, the Miners were fourth in the country in scoring offense (3.2), 31st for win/loss/tied percentage (.750), 60th in save percentage (.831) and 96th in goals against average (0.99). Brittany Kindzierski was 10th in the nation for total goals (10) and total points (23), while rating 11th in goals per game (0.833) and 17th in points per game (1.92). Katie Dorman checked in 10th for points (23), 12th for total assists (seven), 15th for apg (0.58) and 17th for ppg (1.92). Anoop Josan (75th) and Tess Hall (82nd) were also among the top 100 for apg while GK Chandra Morden checked in 102nd for GAA (1.02)
Everybody Loves Streaks
UTEP’s eight-match winning streak was halted at Rice on Oct. 1 The fact that the Miners registered a long streak should not be a surprise, though. Winning streaks are all the rage at UTEP under head coach Kevin Cross. Since the start of the 2002 season, the Miners boast 27 separate winning streaks of exactly two or more games: The breakdown is as follows.
Six or more games: Six times (most recently 2010 season)
Five games: Three times (most recently 2008 season)
Four games: Two times (most recently 2009 season)
Three games: Eight times (most recently 2009 season)
Two games: Eight times (most recently 2009 season)
Talking UTEP Offense As A Team
UTEP, which is fourth in the nation in scoring offense, obviously has displayed a high-quality attack in 2010. In terms of comparing themselves to league foes, the Miners rate first in C-USA in goals (38), goals per game (2.9), points (110) and scoring margin (+25). UTEP checks in second in assists (34), assists per game (2.6) and shots (234).
Talking UTEP Defense As A Team
UTEP’s defense has impressed thus far in 2010. The Miners have limited the opposition to only 13 tallies for a goals against average of 0.99 (5th C-USA/96th nation). The Miners’ stop troops have held foes to 5.8 shots on goal per game.
Offensive Explosiveness Adds Up To Wins
The Miners blasted Alabama A&M, 12-1, at home on Sept. 19. UTEP now stands 61-0-0 all time, including 46-0-0 under Kevin Cross, when registering four-plus goals in a contest.
More On Big-Time Scoring
After failing to register at least five goals in a game the past two seasons, the Miners have achieved the feat three times in 2010.
Miners Loving The First Half
The Miners have been taking it to the opposition early and often this year. UTEP has drilled its foes to a combined tune of 22-6 in the first half of games this year. It has registered 30 corner kicks (23 by foes).
Second Half Not Too Shabby
UTEP has impressed in the second stanza of matches this year as well. It has outscored the opposition by a count of 15-7 after the break.
A Good Time To Reflect
UTEP stood at 9-1-0 through 10 games (now 9-4-0). The strong start to the season was nothing new under head coach Kevin Cross. The Miners have sported a winning record at this junction (also through 15 games and final record) in every season since his 2002, which was his second year on the sideline. A more detailed breakdown, is below:
Year 10 Games In 15 Games In Final Record
2002 10-0-0 14-1-0 16-3-0
2003 7-3-0 9-6-0 11-8-0
2004 7-2-1 10-4-1 13-5-1
2005 10-0-0 14-0-1 20-4-1
2006 8-2-0 11-4-0 15-6-0
2007 6-3-1 9-5-1 13-7-2
2008 8-2-0 10-4-1 13-7-1
2009 8-2-0 11-4-0 13-6-1
2010 9-1-0 TBA TBA
Not So Good To Reflect Prior To Cross’ Era
While the Miners have thrived since year two of the Kevin Cross era at all points in a season, that certainly was not the case prior beforehand. The breakdown is as follows:
Year 10 Games In 15 Games In Final Record
1996 3-7-0 4-10-1 4-12-2
1997 4-6-1 6-8-1 9-10-1
1998 7-3-0 11-4-0 13-6-1
1999 6-3-1 7-7-1 8-8-3
2000 4-6-0 7-8-0 9-10-1
No Freshmen Jitters
Freshmen Kenah Linger and Azia Nicholson have each started the first 13 games off the year for the Miners. It marks the first time since the 2006 season (Anoop Josan & Chelsea Winbush) that multiple freshmen have garnered a spot in the top 11 in each of the first 13 games on the year. Josan and Winbush went on to start every match that season.
BK Beating The GK
Sophomore Brittany Kindzierski has been a big-time threat up top in 2010. She has tallied two assists and 10 goals (1st C-USA/10th nation) for 23 points (t1st C-USA/10th nation). The striker has produced five match winners, which also leads the league. She already rates tied for third all time for most game winners in a single season at UTEP. Former standouts Holly Cohen (2002) and Christine McCartney (2003) share the standard at six.
Morden Is Money
Junior netminder Chandra Morden has been locked in thus far in 2010. She sports an .825 save percentage (6th C-USA) and a 1.01 goals against average (7th C-USA/102nd nation). She has been busy at times, but has delivered with 52 saves (5th C-USA). Her play has not gone unnoticed, as she has twice been tabbed the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week.
Dorman Dancing With Joy In 2010
Junior midfielder Katie Dorman, who is known for her unique dance after goals, has been on of the top players not only on UTEP this year but in the whole league. She has tallied eight goals (2nd team/3rd C-USA/42nd nation), seven assists (t1st C-USA/12th nation) for 23 points (t-1st C-USA/10th nation).
AJ Is All About The Assist
Senior Anoop Josan registered her fourth assist on the year (t5th C-USA/75th nation) in the 6-1 romp vs. Lamar on Sept. 17. She now boasts 25 career helpers, which places her tied for second all time at the school. She shares the spot with former standout Cara Nordin (25, 2005-08). Kelly Parker (30, 1999-02) holds the school standard,
The Iron Woman
Melissa Desilets, a co-captain and one of two seniors on the 2010 squad, has played every minute of every match for a school-record 29 contest matches (over 2009 & 2010 season). In fact, she has missed only a total of eight minutes of action over the last 45 game since midway through the 2008 campaign.
What’s In A Name
While most Miner fans are familiar with how to pronounce the names of their favorite players, here is a quick rundown on some of the more challenging ones for those who need a refresher.
Melissa Desilets= Dess-UH-lets
Jessica Horvatich= HOOR-vuh-titch
Anoop Josan= Ah-NEWP Joe-SAHN
Brittany Kindzierski= Kin-d-JER-ski
Kenah Linger= KEN-uh
Azia Nicholson= Asia
This Is UTEP Soccer
The city of El Paso has embraced the UTEP soccer program since its inception, and the Miners have rewarded the faithful by turning into a league and regional power. Head coach Kevin Cross has guided the Miners to incredible heights.
· Conference USA best 83 wins since joining league in 2005
· Racked up 123 victories to tie for 13th nationally since 2002
· Scored 466 goals to place eighth in the country since 2002
· Garnered the No. 2 RPI in the state of Texas in 2009
· Won a school-record and C-USA-best-tying 20 games in 2005
· Beat Texas, 3-2, on the road in OT to advance to the second round of the ’05 NCAA Tournament
· Earned a regional ranking for a school-record seven straight seasons, including being 10th in the second NSCAA poll of this year.
· Represented on the all-conference team 22 times
· Accounted for 11 of the 12 all-region honorees in school history
· Claimed 46 athletic weekly awards. UTEP had four such awards in five years before Cross’ tenure.
Life On The Road
UTEP stands at a respectable 37-37-4 in road matches under Kevin Cross, including 2-3-0 in hostile territory in 2010. The Miners have forged a winning percentage of .500 or better five times under Cross (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 & 2009). UTEP only enjoyed one such campaign before his tenure (1999), and were a combined 10-28-1 in road matches.
Winning Ways Of UTEP Soccer
UTEP has registered eight consecutive winning campaigns, all of which featured at least 10 victories. The Miners (9-3-0, 2-3-0 C-USA) are on the cusp of a ninth straight such season. UTEP achieved the feat only once (1998) before head coach Kevin Cross’ tenure. Additionally, the Orange and Blue sport the most victories (83) of any league school since joining Conference USA in 2005. Memphis (78) and UCF (76) rate second and third, respectively.
Talking Regional Rankings
UTEP is rated 10th in the most-recent NSCAA Central region poll, marking the second time this year (Aug. 24 was other) that it was in that spot. The Miners have garnered placement in the regional rankings for a school-record seven straight seasons and in eight of head coach Kevin Cross’ 10 years. Prior to his appointment, UTEP managed the feat twice out of a possible six years.
Home Sweet Home
UTEP has once again taken care of business at home, sporting a mark of 7-1-0. The Miners are now 77-11-3 at University Field since 2002. In those 91 contests the Orange and Blue have out-scored their foes to the tune of 271-74. For math fans, the average score of a UTEP home game since 2002 is UTEP 3.0, its Opponent, 0.8.
Miners Love The Big Crowds
For some teams, playing in front of a big crowd at home can add pressure and actually make it tougher to play well. That is certainly not the case for UTEP during Kevin Cross’ tenure. For the Miners, it is a simple equation. The larger the crowd, the better they play. The breakdown for UTEP’s record in correlation for the crowd size since 2002 is as follows:
1,000+ fans: 7-0-0
900+ fans: 11-0-0
800+ fans: 13-0-0
700+ fans: 14-1-1
Looking To Lead C-USA In Attendance Again
UTEP has paced Conference USA in attendance the past four years, and it has aspirations of doing so again in 2010. Last year the Miners topped the league in home average (642) and overall home fans (7,703), both of which set program standards.
Miners Love Non-League Action
The Miners rolled to a mark of 7-1-0 in non-league play to extend their school record to nine straight years with a winning mark in non-league play. The Miners are 77-29-2 in non-league play under head coach Kevin Cross’ direction, a vast improvement of the combined non-conference ledger of 32-30-5 during Veronica O’Brien’s era.
All About The Seasonal Promotions
There have been some great promos for UTEP this year. “Team Days” allow area teams (players and coaches) to attend one regular-season home game for free while also receiving recognition during the game. Friends and family members receive a discounted ticket price of $2 per person. With “Mini Miners Sunday Fun Day”, selected UTEP players and staff will teach young soccer players in a clinic immediately following every Sunday home game.
All About The Schedule
The Miners (9-4-0, 2-3-0) will have played 20 games (10 home, 10 road) by the end of the 2010 regular season. There will have been nine non-conference tilts (six home, three road) and 11 Conference USA matches. UTEP has only four league home matches due C-USA coaches voting on an unbalanced schedule. Seven of their final nine C-USA contests will have been in hostile territory.
All About The Roster
UTEP (9-4-0, 2-3-0) returned five starters and 10 letterwinners from the 2009 team (13-6-1) while adding eight true freshmen. Notable returnees included 2009 C-USA Freshman of the Year Skye Schultz, seniors Melissa Desilets and Anoop Josan and junior keepers Chandra Morden and Sara Kaltwasser.
Breaking Down The Team Stat Wise
Entering the start of the 2010 season, UTEP’s returning field players combined for the following career stats: games played: 282, games started: 178, minutes played: 16,458, minutes per game: 58.4, goals: 28, assists: 53, points: 104, shots: 373, shots on goal: 164, game-winning goals: Six, game-winning assists: 16.
UTEP’s 2010 roster features eight freshmen, which equals the second-highest total in the Kevin Cross era. In 2008, the Miners’ had nine freshmen on the squad. The school record for most freshmen in a single season was in 2000 (14), which was the last year Veronica O’Brien directed the Orange and Blue.
Hey, We Need Coaches Too
Kevin Cross, the winningest coach in school history, is in his 10th year on the sideline for the Miners. Overall he is 127-60-8, including 49-32-5 in league play, since taking over the program in 2001. He was UTEP’s top assistant from 1997-2000, aiding the team to a mark of 38-36-5. While each of his assistants are in the first year as full-time staff members (Heather Clark & Jo Radcliffe), they are both certainly very familiar names to Miner faithful. Clark was a four-year starter on defense for UTEP from 2001-04 while Radcliffe was a fixture in the top-11 in her three years in the Sun City from 2007-09.
CLIFFSNOTES ON THE YEAR THAT HAS BEEN
UTEP Falls At Houston, 2-0
UTEP was edged out at Houston, 2-0, in a well-played match dominated by defense on Oct. 3. UH’s Melanie Adelman scored at 53:29 to break a 0-0 deadlock and Kaitlin Thulin provided an insurance tally at 66:17. The Miners fought hard down the stretch but they couldn’t ever put it all together. Junior GK Chandra Morden was solid throughout the tilt, registering five saves. UTEP peppered UH netminder Camille Koski with five shots, only to have her turn away each of the tries.
UTEP Tripped Up At Rice, 1-0
UTEP came up shy at Rice, 1-0, on Oct. 1. The Owls’ Haley Williams headed home a ball off a corner kick for the lone goal of the contest at 80:22. Chandra Morden registered two saves to lead the efforts defensively. Sophomore Tess Hall (two) and Tori Martyn (one) provided the top scoring threats for the Orange and Blue.
Streak Comes To A Close
The setback at Rice halted the Miners’ eight-game winning streak, which was the third longest in program history.
UTEP Bounces No. 25 Memphis, 2-1
Behind goals from Katie Dorman, Gina Soto and a solid showing defensively, UTEP defeated three-time defending C-USA champion and No. 25 Memphis, 2-1, at University Field on Sept. 26. Chandra Morden recorded seven saves, including a stop on a breakaway three minutes before the Miners found the match winner.
How Sweep It Is
After the big weekend (3-1 win vs. UAB & 2-1 triumph vs. No. 25) Memphis, juniors Katie Dorman and Chandra Morden were chosen as the Conference USA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Sept. 27. UTEP has now garnered a C-USA weekly honor five time this year.
Off To 2-0 Start In League Play... Again
UTEP won its first two league tilts to secure its fifth such start under head coach Kevin Cross. Before his arrival, the Miners had never won their first two conference contests on the year.
Taking Care Of Ranked Foes
Thanks to dispatching No. 25 Memphis UTEP moved to 4-1-0 in regular-season matches against ranked teams under Kevin Cross, including 4-0-0 at home. The Miners were 0-3-1 vs. ranked foes prior to his appointment, being outscored by a count of 12-2 in those tilts.
UAB Topples UAB, 3-1
Powered by goals from Skye Schultz, Jade Babcock and Brittany Kindzierski, UTEP downed UAB, 3-1, in the C-USA opener for both squads in front of a raucous 1,025 fans at University Field on Sept. 24. The Miners outshot the Blazers, 29-14, (15-8 SOG) including 19-6 (6-1 SOG) after the break.
Getting It Done In League Openers
Thanks to the triumph against UAB UTEP moved to 11-4-0 in conference home openers all time, including 8-2-0 under Kevin Cross. Overall the Miners are 9-3-3 in league lid lifters, with Cross guiding his charges to a mark of 6-1-3.
Kindzierski Hits Double Digits
Brittany Kindzierski notched her Conference USA leading 10th-goal of the campaign in the 3-1 win vs. UAB on Sept. 24 She joined Holly Cohen (15, 2002), Miranda Cuthbertson (10, 2002) and Tameka Sumter (10, 2007) as the lone individuals in program history to have scored at least 10 times before the 10th game of the season.
Team Surpasses 100 Points
UTEP tallied 103 points over the first nine games of the year, which put the squad in elite company at the school. Only the 2002 team (137) had compiled at least 110 points before the 10th tilt of the campaign.
Miners Manhandle Alabama A&M, 12-1
UTEP bolted out to third-largest halftime lead in school history (8-0) before putting things on cruise control in the second stanza in a 12-1 dismantling of Alabama A&M at home on Sept. 19. Jade Babcock registered a hat trick, Katie Dorman, Brittany Kindzierski, Tori Martyn and Gina Soto all scored twice and Jessica Horvatich got on the board as well. Babcock, Melissa Desilets, Dorman, Tess Hall (two), Horvatich (two) Martyn, Azia Nicholson and Soto all secured assists. The 12 goals tie for the second most in school history, while the 10 helpers rate fourth in program annals.
That’s A Lot Of Goals
The Miners tallied 18 goals in routs of Lamar (6-1 on Sept. 17) and Alabama A&M (12-1 on Sept. 19). It equaled the most strikes in a two-game span since the 2002 campaign.
Hall’s Hat-Trick Leads UTEP Past Lamar, 6-1
UTEP overwhelmed Lamar, 6-1, to open the Border Bash in dominant fashion at home on Sept. 17. Tess Hall registered a hat trick to lead the onslaught, with Katie Dorman (two goals and an assist) Brittany Kindzierski (one goal) also getting in on the fun.
Everybody Loves A Hat-Trick
Thanks to (Tess Hall vs. Lamar and Jade Babcock vs. Alabama A&M), UTEP registered hat-tricks in consecutive contests. It marked the second time in program history that the Miners have achieved the feat (Oct. 4, 2002 & Oct. 6, 2002). Overall the Miners have had 21 hat-tricks in school history.
Stay Hot Against Southland Conference Squads
UTEP has handled its business when squaring off against Southland Conference foes. The Miners are 24-2-0 all time against current league members, including 2-0-0 this year (2-1 OT win at SFA on Sept. 3 & 6-1 win vs. Lamar on Sept. 17).
UTEP Cruises Past North Dakota, 3-0
Tess Hall scored nine minutes into the first half, and UTEP never looked back on the way to downing North Dakota, 3-0, at home on Sept. 11. Tori Martyn (60:25) and Skye Schultz (82:39) also scored for the Miners while Brittany Kindzierski, Hall, Jessie Pettit and Gina Soto all recorded assists.
Keep Border Shootout Streak Alive
The Miners have a 13-match unbeaten streak in Border Shootout games dating to 2004. UTEP stands at 12-0-1 in the stretch, outscoring the opposition by a combined tally of 44-8 in those games.
Pretty Good Overall In Border Shootout
UTEP sports an all-time Border Shootout record of 17-5-1, including 15-3-1 under head coach Kevin Cross. The Miners have been crowned as the tournament champion six times (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009) while earning a share of the title in both 2007 and 2010.
Something About Saturday
UTEP has won six straight matches when playing on a Saturday. The Miners are 8-8-1 all time on the day, including 6-3 under head coach Kevin Cross. The largest margin of victory in program history (20-0 vs. Troy State on Oct. 30, 1997) came on a Saturday.
Kaltwasser Secures C-USA Defensive Player of the Week
Sara Kaltwasser made a career-high 10 saves in her first start of the year in the 3-0 win against North Dakota, and as result was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 13. Her best stop was on a breakaway in the 53rd minute, which helped UTEP maintain its 1-0 lead. The Miners scored less than four minutes later, and put it on cruise control down the stretch.
All Good Things Come To A Close
Katie Dorman registered four shots, including a pair on goal, but her streak of at least one point in five straight games came to a close in the 3-0 triumph against North Dakota on Sept. 11. Dorman and former standout Kelly Parker are the lone Miners in program history to record at least one point in the first five games of the year. Parker rattled off nine such contests to christen the 2002 campaign.
UTEP Routs Houston Baptist, 5-1
UTEP stormed out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back on the way to trouncing Houston Baptist, 5-1, on the road on Sept. 5. Brittany Kindzierski powered the decisive six-minute stretch, scoring twice in a 59-second span (4:46 & 5:45) before assisting on Skye Schultz’s tally at 10:57. Jade Babock (42:02) and Katie Dorman (51:18) also scored for UTEP, which outshot the Huskies 18-3 (10-2 in shots on goal).
UTEP Topples Stephen F. Austin, 2-1, In OT
Brittany Kindzierski scored twice (42:15 & 97:16), including the golden goal late in the first extra period, to help lead UTEP past Stephen F. Austin, 2-1, in overtime on the road on Sept. 3. Chandra Morden made seven saves for the Miners, including a brilliant stop on a breakaway by Kylie Louw in the 90th minute which ensured overtime, to lead the defense.
Kindzierski Secures C-USA Offensive Player of the Week
Brittany Kindzierski was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 6. She scored four goals, including a pair of game-winners, while also adding an assist to help the Miners go 2-0-0. It marked the first career POW distinction for Kindzierski.
Something About The City Of Houston
Brittany Kindzierski scored two goals in a span of 59 seconds in the 5-1 win at Houston Baptist on Sept. 6. Prior to that, the last Miner to do so was Jami Tullius. She scored twice in a 57-second span in a 6-0 rout at Houston on Nov. 2, 2007.
Continued Success In Road Openers
UTEP is now 10-5 all-time in road openers, including 7-3 under head coach Kevin Cross. It is 6-1 in the situation since 2004.
Bucking The Trend
With the 2-1 triumph at Stephen F. Austin, UTEP became the first road team to win a game in the series. The Miners are 3-0-0 all-time against SFA in El Paso, and 1-1-0 vs. the Ladyjacks in Nacogdoches.
Not The Norm To Take Down SFA In Nacogdoches
The Miners’ triumph at Stephen F. Austin is even more impressive when considering that the Ladyjacks entered the match sporting a mark of 46-8-5 at home since 2003.
UTEP Cruises Past Utah Valley University, 3-1
UTEP bolted out to a 3-0 lead on first-half goals by Katie Dorman, Brittany Kindzierski and Jessie Pettit and never looked back on the way to downing UVU, 3-1, at home on Aug. 29. Pettit, Anoop Josan and Skye Schultz all picked up assists for the Miners. Chandra Morden recorded five saves to lead the way defensively.
Winning Is The Sweetest Revenge
During the Kevin Cross era, no team has ever secured back-to-back wins against UTEP at University Field. Utah Valley University, which snuck past the Miners, 1-0, on Sept. 6, 2009, was the most-recent foe to be denied. UTEP posted a convincing 3-1 win against the Wolverines on Aug. 30, and it is now 10-0-0 under Cross in “revenge games” of this nature. It has outscored the opposition to the tune of 28-6 in those tilts.
Resilient Ways Continue
Thanks to downing UVU, the Miners are now 12-3-2 in contests following a non-conference defeat since 2002.
Fresno State Sneaks Past UTEP, 2-1
UTEP dug itself an early 2-0 hole and could not quite recover in falling by a final count of 2-1 to Fresno State on Aug. 28. Katie Dorman tallied her first goal in 2010 off a nice feed from Anoop Josan at 67:17 in an effort to spark a comeback. Less than a minute later a Brittany Kindzierski shot beat the FSU netminder only to only to clank off the crossbar. The Miners, who had 11 shots in the game, pressured down the stretch but came up just shy.
UTEP Downs NAU, 1-0, In Season Opener
Brittany Kindzierski scored off a cross from Katie Dorman at 19:07 of the first half and junior GK Chandra Morden made seven saves to help lead UTEP to a 1-0 victory at home against Northern Arizona on Aug. 22. The Miners outshot the two-time defending Big Sky champions and 2008 & 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Lumberjacks by a final count of 18-11.
Keeping The Good Times Going
UTEP is now 12-3 in campaign lidlifters, and it has outscored the opposition by a count of 46-15 in those games. The Miners have won their past five and are 9-1 in the situation under head coach Kevin Cross.
Doing So With Shutouts
For the third straight season and the fourth time in the past five years, UTEP opened up the campaign with a 1-0 win.
Morden Hits Double Digits For Blankings
With the effort against Northern Arizona on Aug. 22, Chandra Morden became the third netminder in program history to register at least 10 career shutouts. Brittany Popoff and Amanda Smith share the school record at 18.
Nabs C-USA Defensive Player of Week Award
For the second time of her career, UTEP’s Chandra Morden has been chosen as the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week. The junior GK turned away all seven shots faced, including a stop on a one-on-one chance in the 61st minute, to help lead the Miners to the 1-0 win vs. Northern Arizona on Aug. 22. She becomes the fourth Miner netminder to be so recognized on multiple occasions, joining former standouts Brittany Popoff (three times) Kyla Clark (twice) and Jessica Salvi (twice).
The Trend Continues
Freshmen Kenah Linger, Tori Martyn and Azia Nicholson earned starting nods in the 1-0 victory against Northern Arizona on Aug. 22. The Miners have now had at least one freshman in the top 11 in the season opener every year but one. The lone season UTEP didn’t start a freshman in the campaign lidlifter was in 2005. That season turned out just fine, though, with the Orange and Blue finishing at a school-record best 20-4-1 while advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Six Newcomers Debut Overall
In addition to the three freshmen starters (Kenah Linger, Tori Martyn and Azia Nicholson), fellow rookies Jade Babock, Maggie Schaffer and Gina Soto earned playing time in the 1-0 triumph against Northern Arizona on Aug. 22. Martyn was the lone player in the group to register stats, doing so with three shot attempts.
The Match That Wasn’t
UTEP was supposed to have initiated its 2010 season on the road against I-10 rival NM State but the match was deemed “no contest” due to persistent lightning on Aug. 20. The delay started at halftime of what can best be described as a “ghost game”. Individuals at Aggie Memorial Stadium that evening may think that they were witness to UTEP playing beautiful soccer while dictating tempo and controlling all facets of the game over the first 45 minutes. In the end, though, nothing really happened since the suspended tilt never resumed.