LUBBOCK, Texas (September, 5, 2013) – Billy Forbes, who missed the 2012 season, made a nice return to the pitch for Lubbock Christian University, and helped provide Chaparrals first-year head coach Matt Barnes his first victory, as Forbes set an LCU single-game program record with four goals in a 6-1 win over University of the Southwest (N.M.) Thursday at LCU Soccer Field.
Forbes, who scored 21 goals and had 52 points in 2011, was redshirted and missed the entire 2012 season. Thursday, he looked like a man hungry to be back on the field with four goals off five shots on goal, eight points and eight of the team's 15 shots. The Turks and Caicos native could have scored more, as Isaac Wilkens' only save of the game was stopping Forbes on a breakaway in the first half. He also had an open net he sent high for an uncharacteristic miss.
His goal in the first half was the game's lone goal of the half and it was tallied in the 14th minute. Forbes received a pass near midfield and dribbled through the defense for an open shot he capitalized on for a 1-0 lead. In the second half, Forbes scored a trio of goals 32:09 apart. His second goal came in the 58th minute off a cross from Jorge Elizalde, who finished the game with two assists to mark the 10th time a program single-game assist mark has been matched. USW cut into the Chaps 2-0 lead with a goal from Gabriel Chacon in the 61st minute, but Elizalde answered right back with his first collegiate goal for a 3-1 LCU lead in the 84th minute. Forbes converted for the hat trick (his third as a Chap), a minute and six seconds (1:06) after Elizalde's goal and then added his program record fourth goal a minute and 29 seconds later (1:29). It was a span of three goals in 2:45 for the Chaps, who also added a fourth goal in a span of 3:12 with Mbongeni Ndlova completing the honor in the 87th minute.
USW had plenty of chances, out-shooting the Chaps 18-15, with an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal. Erik Mozzo recorded the win in net, as the Chaps goalkeeper stopped six out of seven shots on goal.
Along with the four goals, Forbes also had eight points to match a program individual single-game record. One he set on Sept. 3, 2011 against St. Mary's with eight points. The Chaps also tallied six goals, which matched the second most for a single game in program history, as they produced 15 points (six goals, three assists), which was the fourth most in a single game in program history.
LCU is 17-3-4 all-time in non-conference games and the victory improves them to 4-0-0 in season openers. All their home openers have been at home against Southwest. LCU (1-0-0) will seek to keep the record clean Tuesday, as they host Wayland Baptist University at LCU Soccer Field.