The UTEP soccer team will take to the pitch for the final time of 2012 in a “Senior Night” contest against Conference USA co-leader Colorado College at University Field at 7 p.m. MT Friday.
The Miners (10-9-0, 3-7-0 C-USA) will recognize seniors Tess Hall and Brittany Kindzierski in a pre-match ceremony before turning their focus to locking up with the Tigers (12-3-4, 7-2-1 C-USA).
The duo has helped UTEP register a record of 45-31-4, including 32-8-2 at University Field. The Miners have earned a spot in the NSCAA Central Region rankings at some point of the season during all four years of their career.
Their efforts have helped continued an unprecedented string of success at the school, with the Orange and Blue ensured of an 11th consecutive campaign of double-digit victories regardless of the outcome against Colorado College. The Miners are also one of just three C-USA schools to have 100+ wins since joining the league in 2005.
Hall is a four-year starter (71 GS/74 GP) who will go down as one of the best all time at UTEP. She is one of just three players in program history with at least 20 goals (21) and 20 assists (27). Hall is second in career assists, with only Olympian and World Cup starter Kelly Parker (30) having tallied more. She is also fifth for career points (69).
Hall has enjoyed a career year as a senior by pacing the squad in goals (eight), assists (nine) and points (25). She shares the C-USA lead for helpers while ranking second in points and sixth in tallies, putting her on track to earn all-league accolades for a second straight season.
Kindzierski, a reserve as a freshman, has started the past three years while emerging as one of the top goal scorers in the program’s history. She is tied for seventh all time in goals (24), with seven of those serving as match winners to place tied for eighth in that category. She has also posted eight assists, putting her career point total (56) just shy of the school’s top-10 list.
Kindzierski, who is one of six Miners with at least three tallies this season, was instrumental during the squad’s run to the 2011 C-USA Championship contest. She tallied 11 goals on the campaign, including the equalizer to force overtime at Memphis (11/5/11), and was an all-tournament team honoree.
“We want to honor Tess and Brittany, who we call BK, with a great game Friday night,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “We want their last game at University Field to be a positive memory. Colorado College is playing for a championship and they leave everything out on the field. They battle for 90 minutes and play great soccer.”
“We will miss both Tess and BK very much. They are both amazing players and great people. Tess honors God in everything that she does, and no one loves soccer more than BK!”
The Tigers are tied for the lead in C-USA with 22 points. They are on a five-match win streak and have been dominant in all facets of the game throughout the campaign. Colorado College has out-scored its foes by a count of 34-15 on the year, with several players capable of putting away chances.
Jessica Ayers leads the way with seven goals, while Brittany Lyman (five), Maddison Whitehead (five), Kaeli Vandersluis (four) and Hannah Peterson (four) have also been consistent threats.