The UTEP soccer team (7-8-3, 2-5-2) will look to close out the 2018 season on a high note when it plays at UTSA (6-9-1, 2-6-1) at 6 p.m. MT Friday. The match will serve as the regular-season finale for both squads.
“We are very excited for the UTSA game as many of our families will be at the game supporting us, and UTSA has become a rivalry game,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “UTSA is very athletic and they play hard and fight for everything. We are expecting a battle in San Antonio. I am so proud of how hard UTEP soccer has played over the last few weeks. We are playing our best soccer right now, and are coming off a great weekend where we got two positive results against two very good Conference USA opponents. We are looking forward to this tough road game. We will look to play a very aggressive game versus UTSA and put a lot of pressure on the UTSA goalkeeper.”
Series History Vs. UTSA
The Miners look to continue to dominate the Roadrunners, posting an overall record of 6-0-1. The last meeting came in 2017, with UTEP edging UTSA in a 2-1 overtime thriller. The Miners are undefeated at home against the Roadrunners and have won five straight matchups.
Getting To Know UTSA
UTSA has put together an overall record of 6-9-1 on the season and a league record of 2-6-1. The Roadrunners are coming off a 2-0 win on the road at Charlotte. Sophomore Ellis Patterson leads the team with six goals on the year, adding four assists for a team-high 16 points.
Strong Across The Board
UTEP has demonstrated that it works as a team with 11 players accounting for 27 goals. Lauren Crenshaw leads the team with seven goals on the season. Vic Bohdan follows with five, Anna Jimmerson and Jojo Ngongo have netted three, April Pate and Natalie Valentine have scored two, while Danielle Carreon, Cayla Payne, Carleigh Simmons, Jackie Soto and Hayley Vaughan have contributed to the offensive.
Leask In Front Of Goal
The sophomore goalkeeper Caley Leask, who hails from Calgary, Canada, stepped onto the pitch in the final half of the game against WKU on 10/7/18. Leask has since then started the last three games recording, 25 saves on 26 shots faced. She holds a save percentage of 0.853 and a goal-against average of 0.91. The sophomore has put up a 1-1-2 record this season.
UTEP is perfect from the penalty spot, converting on all four attempts this year. Lauren Crenshaw is responsible for three of those conversions being the only player in UTEP soccer history to convert three penalty kicks in a season. Carleigh Simmons on her only penalty kick of her career to keep the Miners perfect.
The Game Plan
The Miners have started their matches defensively strong. They have given up only nine goals in the first-half action this year. UTEP has put its attack to the test in the second half, scoring the majority of its goals after the break (16 of 27).
The Basic Facts
UTEP is in its 23rd season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 252-174-33. The Miners are under the direction of 18th-year head coach Kevin Cross who sports a mark of 212-227-26 in that time frame. He is assisted by two former Miners (Heather Clark and Jessie Pettit).