Miners soccer squad falls to UTGRV in opening weekend


Priscilla Gomez

Senior Payton Ross defends the ball against UTRGV.



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  • Junior Lauren Crenshaw makes the first penalty kick goal.

  • Senior Carleigh Simmons defends the ball with a head kick.

  • Midfielder junior Natalie Valentine makes the second score at the second half.

  • At the sidelines senior Carleigh Simmons defends the ball at the University field.

  • Senior Payton Ross defends the ball against UTRGV.

  • Junior Kori Lewis rans to catch the ball, on August 26, 2018.

  • Sophomore Jackie Soto forwards the ball, the final score was 2-3 against UTRGV.

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It was a tough afternoon for the UTEP women’s soccer team, as they fell to UT-Rio Grande 3-2 on Sunday at home.

UTRGV scored three goals in the second half—two from Sarah Bonney (54’, 80’) and one from Emily Zapata (77’). UTEP scored their lone two goals in the second half as well, coming from Lauren Crenshaw (60’) and Natalie Valentine (67’). The Miners are currently 2-2-0 overall, while UTRGV improved to 2-2-0.

“We didn’t have our shape on defense when UTRGV would go on the break,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said in a release. “We made mistakes that we can fix for our next game on Friday.”

UTEP senior goalie Alyssa Palacios had four saves in the second half, yet let three go for the Miners in the end. UTEP led 2-1 up until the 77th minute when Zapata scored. UTRGV’s two unanswered goals capped off the win for them.

The Miners will close out their four-game homestand against Grand Canyon on Friday (7 p.m.) and Northern Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 2. (6 p.m.).