Chaps eyes revenge and second straight win over Skyhawks on Saturday

LUBBOCK, TX –Following a 6-1 thrashing of Adams State, the LCU Men’s Soccer Team looks to keep the good times going as they take on Fort Lewis College on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Fort Lewis College (0-0-1) vs. Lubbock Christian (1-0)
Saturday, August 27 – 7 p.m.
LCU Football and Track Complex – Lubbock, Texas

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• Lubbock Christian opened the 2022 season with a 6-1 win over Adams State. Pablo Galietero Diez scored his first career hat trick and had an assist for seven total points, the second most ever in a single game in program history.

Jordan Jayapuram got the assist on two goals from Galietero Diez, the first Chap since Ivan Muanze-Bengono to register two assists in a game. Muanze-Bengono had two assists on November 9, 2021 against Texas Permian Basin.

• With his 19th career goal against Adams State, Tariq Bakkali ranks second all-time in goals scored. His 43 points overall rank him third all-time in program history.

• The six goals tied the mark for most goals in a season opener for LCU men’s soccer. The Chaps defeated Southwest University 6-1 on September 5, 2013 to start the season.

A LOOK BACK
The fall 2021 season was arguably one of the best in program history for the Lubbock Christian Men’s Soccer team. The Chaps finished the season 6-1-1, outscoring opponents 24-6 and recording six shutouts, including three straight in the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament. After finishing the first two overtime deadlocked at zero goals apiece, the Midwestern State Mustangs beat the Chaps for the third time in 2021, beating the LCU 5-4 on penalties. Second place is the highest in program history in the LSC, and the Chaps’ first ten-win season since 2013. Chapparal’s offense averaged 2.17 goals per game while allowing only 1.22 goals per game, the second best in the conference. . Luciano Rodriguez finished fourth in the conference in points with 19 and sixth in the conference in goals with six.

FURTHER AWAY
The Lubbock Christian men’s soccer program began in 2010 with a 3-1 win over Southwestern University (NM). On November 9, 2021, in the first round of the LSC tournament, the Chaps won their 100th game in program history, rolling over UT Permian Basin 6-0. The Chap program enters the 2022 season with an overall record of 101-81-23.

IN THE MOUNTAIN AIR
LCU has played ten games in program history at Colorado State, going 4-6-0 all-time. Chaparral’s first ever trip to Centennial State was a success as they beat Colorado Christian 5-1 behind a hat trick from Mbongeni Ndlovu on September 11, 2015. They also beat Adams State 2-1 in that 2015 trip. Last season, LCU went 1-1 in Centennial State, losing 3-1 to Fort Lewis in Durango, while beating Adams State 3-0 in Alamosa. The Chaps will play four straight games in Colorado Sept. 1-9, facing MSU-Denver and South Dakota Mines in the Mile High City before facing UC-Colorado Springs and CSU-Pueblo on the road.

NEW YEAR, NEW TEAM
LCU will feature 24 amazing new players on the fall 2022 roster. Of these new players, 12 are real freshmen, while the other 12 are transfers from junior college ranks or other universities. It’s a diverse group, with seven players from Texas, four from England, four from Brazil and the rest from Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Spain internationally, as well as new faces from Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the States.

PRESEASON SURVEY
For the first time since joining the Lone Star Conference, the Chaps claimed first place in the pre-season polls, to finish fourth in the LSC this season. The last time the Chaps got a first-place vote was before the 2014 season, when LCU won four first-place votes and was expected to finish second in the Heartland Conference.



THE ERA OF CONES HAS BEGUN
Collin cone was hired as the head men’s soccer coach at Lubbock Christian University in April 2022, arriving at the LCU after coaching LeTourneau University’s men’s soccer team for the past four seasons. He posted consecutive winning streaks in 2021 and the 2020-21 season, and helped the team improve each year he was head coach. The YellowJackets’ 6-5 record in the 2020-21 season was the program’s first winning season since 2010.
– Cone also spent three years at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He played a key role in the Lancers’ recruiting efforts while working with goaltenders. In his final season at Grace, the Lancers won the Crossroads League championship for the first time in 25 years and qualified for the NAIA National Championship for the first time in 35 seasons. Cone’s time at Grace as a coach was marked by a conference championship, an NAIA national championship, two NCCAA national tournaments and two regional tournament titles.

IN SEARCH OF THE SKYHAWKS
– FLC ranked No. 6 in the RMAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll with 52 points.
– Fort Lewis finished the 2021 fall season with an 8-8-1 record and went 5-3-1 in the RMAC. The Skyhawks picked up an upset win over #16 Colorado Mesa on Sept. 24, 2021, knocking out the Mavs 2-1.
– David Oberholtzer will enter his seventh season as the Skyhawks men’s soccer head coach in the 2022 season. During his tenure, the Skyhawks posted a 52-37-13 record and qualified for the tournament RMAC in four of the last six seasons, making it to the RMAC Semifinals in 2020, 2019 and 2017. Oberholtzer also served as an assistant coach for the Hawks in 2009 and 2011 when FLC won the national championship
– Gabriel Legendre returns for his second season after equalizing the team lead with seven goals last year. The Rio Rancho, NM native was named to the RMAC All-Honorable Mention team.
— RMAC’s reigning freshman of the year, Thomas Duenes, also returns to Fort Lewis. Duenes scored seven goals last season and an assist for 15 total points in his rookie season.
– Fort Lewis enters the contest with a record of 0-0-1. An 89th-minute Legendre goal against Texas Permian Basin saved a 1-1 draw for the Skyhawks on the road on Thursday, August 25.

THE SERIES WITH THE SKYHAWKS
The Chaps and Skyhawks met for the very first time last season, with Fort Lewis picking up a 3-1 victory in Durango, Colorado on September 2, 2021. After a goal from Fernando Flores tied the game at one, goals from Milen Manchev and Matt Baldridge propelled FLC to victory.

A VICTORY WOULD BE –
– Give LCU their first win over Fort Lewis
– Be the Chaps’ first 2-0 start since the Spring 2021 season
– Be Chaps’ 10th all-time victory at the LCU Soccer & Track Facility since it opened for the Spring 2021 season

NEXT –
The Chaps begin a four-game road trip in Denver, Colorado, taking on MSU-Denver on Thursday, September 1.