Soccer closes out a two-game road trip with critical victory

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Midfielder Adriana Lopez defends the ball against Wyoming with a final score of 2-2 on Thursday, Aug 22.

Isaiah Ramirez, Staff Reporter

One game remains in the UTEP women’s soccer season and after a two-game road trip, the Miners sit in seventh place in the conference standings. The Miners picked up a crucial 2-0 win against Old Dominion after falling 0-1 to University of North Carolina at Charlotte.   

Forwards Jojo Ngongo and Tessa Carlin stepped up in a big way for UTEP against ODU recording a goal and assist each, in the shutout win for the Miners. ODU’s five-match winning streak ended in the process.   

Ngongo’s goal in the 51st minute came off an assist by Carlin, while Carlin’s goal in the 65th minute was complimented by Ngongo. Carlin leads the Miners with sixth assists this season.  

Freshman goalie Emily Parrott recorded her sixth shutout of the season while delivering a big save late in the first half against the Monarchs.   

We picked up a solid three points today,” UTEP Head Coach Kathryn Balogun said in a press release. “We started slow but weathered the storm and came out in the second half finding the back of the net two times. The girls represented El Paso, UTEP and themselves well.”  

The Miners shutout victory is a great bounce-back effort from their previous matchup against second-place Charlotte. A late goal by 49ers senior forward Jaime Frankhauser in the 79th minute resulted in a 1-0 loss for the Miners.   

UTEP nearly got on the board in the 31st minute of the game but sophomore forward Kam Fisher’s kick ended with a save by Charlotte junior goalkeeper Abby Stapleton.   

UTEP had one last chance to get on the board but an offside call during the 83rd minute ended the Miners hopes for a win.  

I’m super proud of our team’s effort tonight from all 21 players,” Balogun said in a press release. “Charlotte is the best team we’ve faced.  

The top eight teams during the regular season, as determined by points will advance to the Conference-USA postseason tournament with the winner of the single-elimination tournament advancing to the NCAA tournament.   

The Miners will clinch a tournament spot with a victory this Friday or a loss by Middle Tennessee State  

UTEP will close out the regular season with a matchup versus The University of Texas at San Antonio at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at University Field.   

Isaiah Ramirez may be reached at [email protected]