Four Miners Garner C-USA Accolades
Nov. 1, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS – UTEP soccer standouts Azia Nicholson (second team), Katie Dorman and Tess Hall (third team) have been voted as 2011 All-Conference USA performers while goalkeeper Sarah Dilling was tabbed to the all-freshman squad, the league office announced Tuesday. It marks the sixth time in program history that the Miners have landed at least three individuals on an all-league team.
“We are very proud of Azia, Katie, Tess and Sarah,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “These players have had great season for UTEP soccer. All four of them will tell you tell you that they would not have received these awards without their teammates.”
Nicholson, only a sophomore, is a well-rounded MF who tied for fifth on the squad in goals (four) and assists (three). She was one of three Miners with at least 10 points (11) during the year. Nicholson started all 20 matches, and logged the third-most minutes (1,736) on the team. She was particularly strong during C-USA action, tallying three of her four goals on the campaign.
Dorman, one of three seniors on the squad, is no stranger to all-league honors. The 2010 All C-USA honoree tied for the team lead in assists (five) while rating third in goals (five) and points (15). Three of those assists came on match winners. She started every contest on the year, and applied plenty of pressure with 67 shots to pace the Miners while check in second in C-USA. Dorman was also among the league leaders for assists (t5th).
Hall, a junior, was a key player for UTEP who was second on the team in goals (six) and points (19) while rating tied for third in assists (four) despite missing six matches due to injuries. The Miners were 8-3-3 when she played and 2-4-0 without her. She kept the opposition on its heels by ripping 56 shots to tie for fifth in C-USA. She also found a home in the C-USA stat leaders for assists (7th), points (t9th) and goals (t10th) even with missing those six full games. Hall also served as the primary set piece taker, who contributed three goals and four assists in league tilts.
Dilling has done a phenomenal job in her initial season with the Orange and Blue. With an injury to three-year starter limiting Chandra Morden, Dilling earned the GK job out of camp and never relinquished it. She piled up 92 saves to check in second in C-USA while posting a save percentage of .780 (6th C-USA) and a goals against average of 1.31 (9th C-USA). She made at least five saves in 11 matches, while recording four or more stops 13 times.
The Miners will return to action when they challenge rival Colorado College in the opening-match of the 2011 Conference USA Tournament at 11 a.m. MT in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday.