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Men's Soccer - Wed, Aug. 28, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (August 28, 2013) – New Lubbock Christian University men's soccer coach Matt Barnes will have 11 new members on the Chaparrals roster when the squad hits the pitch for their first game of the 2013 season.

Barnes' new additions include three transfers, six high school recruits and a pair of call-ups. Carlos Vela (Mountain View College) and Mbongeni Ndlovu (Illinois Central College) are junior college transfers and Krzysztof Pierzchala transfers in from Salem International. Of the six incoming freshmen, Cameron Lugo (Coronado High School) and Jaron Griffith (Monterey High School) are the only Lubbock natives.  Ethan Baltier (Midland High School), Zachary Chambers (Burleson High School), Jorge Elizalde (Harlingen South High School) and Caleb Massengale (Mabank High School) are the additional freshman recruits and all are Texas based.

Baltier is an area recruit out of Midland High School in Midland, Texas. The midfielder claimed a pair of All-District honors, collecting First Team honors as a senior and Second Team in 2012 as a junior.

Chambers is a three-year letterman joining the Chaps from Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas. He played the midfield at BHS and claimed All-District (16-4A) First Team honors last season, while also serving as the Team Captain. Chambers also claimed First Team accolades his junior season for a Burleson squad that went three rounds deep into the playoffs. He also claimed All-County honors and played his club play for American Eagles '95s.

Elizalde joins the LCU roster after graduating from Harlingen South High School in Harlingen, Texas. He earned accolades early on in his high school career, as he claimed All-District (31-5A) Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2011. The Harlingen native followed that season with five goals his junior season.

Griffith is a local product of Lubbock's Monterey High School. He claimed a pair of All-District honors, claiming First Team (7-4A) honors as a senior and Honorable Mention (2-5A) honors as a junior with the Plainsmen.

Lugo is a local product out of Coronado High School in Lubbock. He was a three-time All-District recipient with the Mustangs. As a senior last season, he claimed All-District (2-5A) First Team honors. Lugo also played club soccer, playing for Lubbock Lonestar 97.

Massengale joins the Chaps and will redshirt this season to fully recover from an injury. He is a freshman that comes from LCU from Mabank High School in Mabank, Texas. Massengale claimed First Team All-District (31-4A) honors his senior season.  He also competed for the Mabank cross country programs.

Ndlovu is a junior college transfer, who only spent one season playing in the juco ranks. The Bulawayo, Zimbabwe native spent his freshman season last season at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill. He played midfield for ICC and tallied a pair of goals and four assists for eight points in 18 games.

Pierzchala transfers to LCU from Salem International (NCAA Div. II) in Salem, WV, where he played three seasons. In 38 games spanning a trio of seasons, he produced four goals and three assists for 11 points. His single best season with Salem came last season as a junior, as he had two goals and two assists for six points in 13 games. He is a midfielder originally from Zakopane, Poland and transfers to LCU as a senior.

Vela transfers in from the Dallas County Community College system, where he played NJCAA Div. III (juco) soccer at Mountain View College last season.  As a freshman, the Irving, Texas native tallied a pair of goals and contributed eight assists for 12 points in 13 games played. He is a product of The Highlands High School where he posted remarkable numbers. Maxpreps reported he led the nation with 113 points as a senior in 2010-2011 off 41 goals and 31 assists. They had him ranked 10th in points per game (4.5).

David Dykstra and Hunter Hale are each receiving the call up to the varsity program after spending time with the Chaparrals reserve club the university fielded the prior three seasons. Dykstra is a sophomore midfielder from Tulare, Calif. Hale, who originally transferred to LCU from Belmont Abbey College (NCAA Div. II), will serve as a senior on the squad and is a Rowlett, Texas native and midfielder.

LCU is in their first season in the Heartland Conference and the men's soccer coach is in their first season with Barnes at the helm of the Chaps. The Chaps are coming off an 8-6-1 season a year ago and begin the 2013 campaign Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. hosting University of the Southwest (N.M.).