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UTEP soccer releases 2020 home schedule

Michael Cuviello
UTEP Junior forward Jo Jo Ngongo takes a hard slide to strip ball from Southern Miss Oct. 20, 2019.

The 2020 UTEP soccer home schedule, which includes a match-up against Pac-12 foe Arizona State and a shortened Conference-USA slate, was announced July 8. Season tickets are made available for the first time for fans as the second season of the Kathryn Balogun era begins. 

An Aug. 28 match-up against Incarnate Word kicks off the Miners home schedule. The Miners proceed to take on Division II Lubbock Christian Sept. 3, Arizona State Sept.6 and Utah Valley University Sept. 17 to cap off the nonconference home slate.  

UTEP’s battle against Arizona State marks the first time the Miners will take on the Sun Devils in a regular season matchup since 1997 and the first time the Sun Devils will visit the Sun City.  

“With everything going on in our country we are excited to announce our home schedule for the 2020 season,” Head Coach Kathryn Balogun said in a press release. “This season brings with it some significant and unprecedented changes, but we are excited to host so many home games amid the travel challenges our country is facing.” 

Due to COVID-19 a shortened Conference-USA home slate was made as the Miners take on Louisiana Tech Sept. 20, University of Alabama at Birmingham Oct. 4 and University of North Texas Oct. 23. 

The Miners will be looking to avenge its Conference-USA tournament loss against North Texas last season as UTEP loss 3-1 in the quarterfinal round as the seventh seed.  

“We will wrap up our home matches with senior night against North Texas, who sent us home from the conference tournament last year,” Balogun said in a press release It will be a great game! We are excited to build on what we started last year and excited to see our fans as that becomes an opportunity.” 

UTEP is coming off a strong first season under Balogun in which the squad accumulated a 10-7-3 overall record with a 5-4-1 mark in Conference-USA play. 

A returning 21 players will be a part of the 2020-2021 team including 2019 Conference-USA All Freshman team selection Tessa Carlin who paced the Miners with 17 points,  five goals and  seven assists. 

Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (915) 747-UTEP, emailing [email protected] or online at Tickets are just $45 for adults and $25 for youth and gain entry to all seven home matches. 

All seats are general admission. Single-match ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12). Fans can save 20% off the single-match adult prices and 29% off the single-match youth prices by purchasing a season ticket. 

Isaiah Ramirez may be reached at [email protected] 

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Isaiah Ramirez is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of Texas at El Paso. Isaiah has worked for the university’s paper The Prospector since Spring 2018 and has held the position as a sports editor and is currently a reporter at the publication. During the fall semesters he also works as an on-air reporter for Football Friday Nights a weekly radio show showcasing local football games broadcasted by 600 ESPN El Paso. He covers local news as well as local and UTEP sporting events such as football, men’s and women’s basketball, and has covered the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game and two-time NBA champion Danny Green’s basketball camp here in the Sun City.
Michael Cuviello is a multimedia journalism student at UTEP. He currently serves The Prospector at Sports Editor and reporter. During the summer 2020, he led the publication as Editor-In-Chief where he helped cover Black Lives Matter protests and the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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