UTEP To Challenge Colorado College On "Senior Night"

Oct. 27, 2011

EL PASO, TEXAS – The UTEP soccer team will look to send out its seniors in style while picking up some momentum for the upcoming 2011 Conference USA Tournament when it plays host to Colorado College at University Field at 7 p.m. MT Friday.

Prior to the match the Miners (10-6-3, 4-4-2) will honor their three seniors (Katie Dorman, Chandra Morden & Jessie Pettit) before turning their attention to taking on the Tigers (9-6-3, 7-2-1).

It has been a great run for the group. UTEP has rolled to a record of 47-27-5 since 2008, including 37-7-4 at University Field. The Miners are 8-1-2 at the venue in 2011. With a win or tie against the Tigers, it would propel UTEP to its seventh season in 11 years under head coach Kevin Cross in which it was either unbeaten or suffered only one home setback.

Dorman is a former walk-on who has evolved into the lone captain on the 2011 squad. The El Paso native is second in UTEP history for career game-winning assists (seventh), seventh in overall helpers (17) and tied for eighth in matches played (79). She has posted 18 goals and compiled 53 total points since arriving on campus. Dorman enjoyed a career year in 2010, pacing the Miners in points (29) while sharing the squad lead in assists (seven) and goals (11) on the way to securing a spot on the All-Conference USA third team.

 Morden has been a key cog for UTEP during her career. She was a three-year starter in the net before being limited to a pair of contests in 2011 due to an injury. With a record of 27-16-2, she checks in third all time at UTEP for wins by a goalkeeper. Morden is also third in program annals for minutes played (4205:50), saves (218), and shutouts (12). She has the fourth-highest save percentage (78.8) for GKs with 100+ stops, and was a starter in 45 of her 50 matches played.



Pettit fought through injuries to put together a very solid career with the Orange and Blue. She has played in 64 games, including making 45 starts, while being one of the team’s top defensive players. The Miners have limited the opposition to 1.2 goals per game during her time in the Sun City, which has been aided by 23 shutouts. Pettit has also gotten involved offensively, with a pair of goals and six helpers. Two of her six assists have served as match winners.

Colorado College has enjoyed a resurgence since the start of league play. The Tigers were 2-4-2 during non-conference action but have regrouped to go 7-2-1 in C-USA. It has won two straight games, and features a well-balanced attack.

The Tigers are producing 1.5 goals per game, with a quartet of individuals leading the charge. Lauren Digregorio shares the team lead with six strikes, followed by five from Kaeli Vandersluis and four each by Jessie Ayers and Brittney Lyman.

Hanna Berglund has earned all of the minutes in the net, compiling a save percentage of .798 while positing eight shutouts.

Colorado College has been at its best in the second stanza, with a +six (16-10) goal differential. It is even (11-11) in the first half of contests this campaign.  

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