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Men's Soccer - Mon, Sep. 23, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (September 23, 2013) – Billy Forbes completed a second consecutive game with a pair of goals and the goals helped Lubbock Christian University complete a second consecutive win over a ranked opponent, as the Chaparrals defeated No.13 University of Texas of the Permian Basin 3-0 Monday afternoon in a tilt between a pair of Heartland Conference squads in a non-conference meeting.

Forbes grabbed his first goal in the 30th minute, as he connected on a cross from Carlos Vela to put LCU on the board 1-0. The goal ended the Chaps scoreless streak at home at 233:21. They would not have too much longer to wait for their second goal of the game, as just 3:58 later, Forbes scored his second goal of the game. Vela, with his second assist, sent a lead pass down the left side to Ethan Baltier, who sent a cross into the box to Forbes. The Chaps senior sent a shot off the right post and past a diving Craig Branum for a 2-0 lead. Forbes had a chance for the hat trick but a direct kick infraction was called on a spot kick negating the goal. LCU would eventually increase the lead to 3-0 in the 73rd minute with a pass from Ethan Baltier deflecting off a Falcons defender and into the net for an own-goal.  

LCU's defense was solid. UTPB out-shot LCU 14-12, but only three of the 14 shots by UTPB were on goal, and those were denied by Erik Mozzo, who collected his second career clean sheet. Branum allowed three goals on seven shots faced.

While the Chaps were able to end their scoring drought at home, they kept their shutout sequence in tact. Mozzo's only career shutouts have come in the past two home games and he and the Chaps have not allowed a goal in the last 220:44 at home.

Forbes notched his third multi-goal game of the season and the 11th of his LCU career. He has nine goals on the season in six games (LCU has 12 total on the season).

The Chaparrals, now 3-2-1 on the season, improve to 2-3-1 all-time against ranked competition. Their first win over a ranked opponent came Saturday at No.18 (NAIA) Texas Wesleyan. UTPB fell to 4-3 overall and the loss marked the second time they have been shutout this season. The two teams will meet again in Odessa, Texas on Oct. 7 for their Heartland Conference tilt. LCU returns to the road Saturday and they will head to Farmers Branch, Texas to face Dallas Christian College at 3 p.m.