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UTEP sports return to in-person events

Alberto Silva Fernandez
Luke Soto defends the quarterback from an oncoming defensive lineman during practice on August 16,2021

Soccer, volleyball, football, women’s and men’s basketball kick off seasons this fall

After not allowing fans to attend the games in person due to COVID-19, UTEP sporting events will operate at full in-person capacity.  

The UTEP sports season kicks off Aug. 10 with the UTEP Soccer team facing off against Colorado College on the road. The UTEP Soccer season begins Aug. 19 against Big 12 affiliate Texas Tech Red Raiders at Lubbock. UTEP Soccer will also face off against SEC affiliate Texas A&M on Sept. 5 at College Station and rivals New Mexico State University Aggies at home on Sept. 9. The Miners have a total of four home games and eleven road games. 

“We are excited to get started this season,” Balogun said. “Our non-conference schedule has some really difficult opponents that we think will prepare us well for C-USA.” 

After winning their first Conference USA tournament since 2008, the UTEP Volleyball team kicks off their regular season on the road against Idaho State at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 28. The Miners will also face off against PAC-12 affiliate Arizona at 10 a.m. Sept. 3. The Miners meet rival New Mexico State University Aggies at 1 p.m. Sept. 5. The volleyball team will have a total of 10 home games, 10 road games and seven neutral games. 

“I’m extremely excited to get our fans back into Memorial Gym to see this team play,” Head Coach Ben Wallis said. “In two years, our program has shown significant progress and we’re very ready to get our El Paso fans back into the stands and have them get loud.” 

The UTEP Football season kicks off Aug. 28 against rival New Mexico State University Aggies in Las Cruces with the “Battle of I-10.” Miners meet Mountain West affiliate Bosie State University on the road at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10 and will be showing on FS1. The Miners have a total of six home games and six road games. 

“We are excited that all of our fans will be able to either travel to watch the Miners or tune in on FS1 and the ESPN Networks to support our football program,” Head Football Coach Dana Dimel said. “It’s always nice to get more eyes on your football team because it helps grow multiple areas of the program, especially when it comes to recruiting.” 

The UTEP Women’s Basketball team kicks off their season with a home game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Dec. 30. The Miners have two bye weeks, Feb. 5 and Feb. 24. The date of the Conference USA tournament has not been announced yet, but is looking to be held in Frisco, Texas. The Miners have nine home games and nine road games. 

“We are so excited for the season ahead. Conference USA has put together a very competitive conference schedule once again,” fifth-year UTEP Head Coach Kevin Baker said. “Come out and support your Miners. The season will be filled with on-the-edge-of-your-seat nail biters!” 

The UTEP Men’s Basketball team kicks off their season with an away game Dec. 30 against University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Men’s team also has two bye weeks, one Feb. 10, and the other Feb. 24. After playing Bonus play a few years ago and back-to-back games last season, this season will feature six home-to-home series. The Miners have nine home games and nine road games.  

“Conference USA is a tough and competitive league. This league has tremendous players and great coaches,” first-year UTEP Head Coach Joe Golding said. “We have the upmost respect for every program is this league. We look forward to having our fans back in the Haskins Center and making it the toughest place to play in the league!” 

Season tickets for the upcoming soccer, volleyball, football, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball are now all on sale. Season schedule below: 

Katrina Villarreal may be reached at  [email protected] 


TBA Aug. 10 at Colorado College& Colorado Springs, Colo. Away
TBA Aug. 19 at Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Away
1 p.m. Aug. 22 Abilene Christian University Field Home
7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Nevada Reno, Nevada Away
2 p.m. Aug. 29 at UC Davis, Davis, Calif. Away
4 p.m. Sept. 3 at UIW San Antonio, Texas Away
TBA Sept. 5 at Texas A&M College Station, Texas Away
7 p.m. Sept. 9 NM State University Field Home
7 p.m. Sept. 16 Rice University Field Home
12 p.m. Sept. 19 at North Texas Denton, Texas Away
7 p.m. Sept. 24 UTSA University Field Home
6 p.m. Oct. 1 at LA Tech Ruston, La. Away
7 p.m. Oct. 9 FAU University Field Home
6 p.m. Oct. 15 at MT Murfreesboro, Tenn. Away
12 p.m. Oct. 17 at WKU (non-conference) Bowling Green, Ky. Away
7 p.m. Oct. 22 Southern Miss University Field Home 
6 p.m. Oct. 28 at UAB Birmingham, Ala. Away
TBA Nov. 3-7, 2021, C-USA Championships Boca Raton, Fla. 



Noon Aug. 21, Grand Canyon, Home 

4 p.m. Aug. 27, UC Irvine, Away 

2 p.m. Aug 28, Seattle, Away 

7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Idaho State, Away  

10 a.m. Sept. 3, Arizona, Away 

7 p.m. Sept. 3, Northwestern, Home 

1 p.m. Sept. 5, NMSU, Home 

9:30 a.m. Sept. 10, GCU, Away 

2:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Portland, Away 

Noon Sept. 11, Portland, Away 

10:30 a.m. Sept. 17, Texas State, Away 

6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, TAMUCC, Away 

Noon Sept. 18, Tarleton State, Away 

5 p.m. Sept. 23, UTRGV, Away 

Noon Oct. 1, Rice, Away 

Noon Oct. 2, Rice, Away 

Noon Oct. 8, LA Tech, Home 

11 a.m. Oct. 8, LA Tech, Home 

4 p.m. Oct. 15, Southern Miss, Away 

10 a.m. Oct. 16, Southern Miss, Away 

6 p.m. Oct. 22, UAB, Home 

Noon Oct. 23, UAB, Home 

1 p.m. Oct. 29, UTSA, Away 

Noon Oct. 30, UTSA, Away 

6 p.m. Nov. 2, UTRGV, Home 

7 p.m. Nov. 6, North Texas, Home 

1 p.m. Nov. 7, North Texas, Home 

6 p.m. Nov. 10, NM State University, Away 

TBA Nov. 18, TBA, Away 



7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 New Mexico State University, Away  

7 p.m. Sept. 4 Bethune-Cookman University, Home   

7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, Away  

7:00 p.m. Sept.2 The University of New Mexico, Home.  

7:00 p.m. Oct. 2 Old Dominion University, Home  

5 p.m. Oct. 9 The University of Southern Mississippi, Away Oct. 16 Louisiana Tech University, Home  

4p.m., Oct. 30  Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Away   

2p.m. Nov. 6 The University of Texas at San Antonio, Home   

2p.m. Nov. 13 University of North Texas Denton, Texas, Away  

2p.m., Nov.20 Rice, Home  

TBA., Nov. 27, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Away 


Women’s Basketball 

Dec. 30, UAB, Home 

Jan. 1, Middle Tennessee, Home 

Jan. 6, LA Tech, Away 

Jan. 8, Southern Miss, Away 

Jan. 13 Charlotte, Home 

Jan. 15, Old Dominion, Home 

Jan. 20, UTSA, Away 

Jan. 23 UTSA, Home 

Jan. 27, Florida Atlantic, Away 

Jan. 29, FIU, Away 

Feb. 3, North Texas, Home 

Feb. 5, Rice, Home 

Feb. 13, Marshall, Away 

Feb. 17, LA Tech, Home 

Feb. 19 Southern Miss, Home 

Feb. 26, UAB, Away 

 March 3, Rice, Away 

March 5, North Texas, Away 


Men’s Basketball 

TBD Dec. 30 at UAB, Away 

TBD Jan. 1 at Middle Tennessee, Away 

TBD Jan. 6 LA Tech, Home 

TBD Jan. 8 Southern Miss, Home 

TBD Jan. 13 at Charlotte, Away 

TBD Jan. 15 at Old Dominion, Away 

TBD Jan. 20 UTSA, Home 

TBD Jan. 23 at UTSA, Away 

TBD Jan. 27 Florida Atlantic, Home 

TBD Jan. 29 FIU, Home 

TBD Feb. 3 at North Texas, Away 

TBD Feb. 5 at Rice, Away 

TBD Feb. 13 Marshall, Home 

TBD Feb. 17 at LA tech, Away 

TBD Feb. 19 at Southern Miss, Away 

TBD Feb. 26 UAB, Home 

TBD March 3 Rice, Home 

TBD March 5 North Texas, Home 


Cross Country 

TBD Sep. 4 at UNM, TBD 

TBD Sep. 18 at NMSU, TBD  

TBD Oct. 2 at University of Louisville, TBD 

TBD Oct. 16 NCAA Pre-Nationals, TBD 

TBD Oct. 30 Conference USA Cross Country Championships, TBD 

TBD Nov. 12 NCAA Mountain Regionals, TBD 

TBD Nov. 20 NCAA National Championships, TBD 



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Katrina Villarreal, Multimedia Editor
Katrina Villarreal is senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in theatre at UTEP. She is going into her second year at The Prospector and is currently the Multimedia Editor. Once she graduates, she plans on becoming a sideline reporter for the NFL or ESPN.  
Alberto Silva Fernandez, Contributor/Photographer
Alberto Silva Fernandez is a sophomore, majoring in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a photographer for The Prospector and freelances covering the borderland. When he isn’t covering events Albert likes to study politics, play video games, and listen to music.
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