LUBBOCK, Texas (September 26, 2013) – Kourtney Chandler scored a pair of goals, including the winning goal with 2:18 remaining, as her pair of goals helped University of Texas of the Permian Basin garner their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over Lubbock Christian University Thursday at LCU Soccer Field.
LCU controlled most of the first half with a 13-4 shooting advantage, but the score would be tied 1-1 through the opening 45 minutes of play. Chandler, who changed jersey numbers prior to the game back to number 15, would make good fortune of the change, as she netted the opening goal of the game in the 12th minute. Sal Gebre's corner kick was perfectly placed to Chandler, who headed the ball through the defense and into the left side of the goal for her second goal of the season. LCU would counter less than 10 minutes later in the 22nd minute, as Emily Odom put a shot beyond the reach of Falcons goalkeeper Bridget Esquivel after a series of passes from Brooke Wendl and Brie Munoz setup Odom.
The Lady Chaps had the wind in their face in the second half and the play was evenly played. Wendl had an excellent scoring chance in the half, but her shot inside the six-yard box was denied by Esquivel to keep the game tied. LCU's defense had a costly turnover in the final moments, as in the 88th minute, a turnover in their own box was jumped on by Chandler and she blasted a shot into the net for the 2-1 lead and the eventual win.
The game was the first game this season the Lady Chaps have played in that did not result in a shutout. LCU out-shot UTPB 19-10 and each team had six shots on goal. Wendl and Chandler each had five shots, with four on goal. Lauren Story suffered the loss with four saves and Esquivel claimed the win with five saves.
LCU dropped to 3-4-0 with the loss, while UTPB improved to 1-8-0. The game was a non-conference match between two Heartland Conference squads, as they will play their conference contest in Odessa on Oct. 7. LCU falls to 7-3-2 all-time in home games under head coach Alex Denning and 7-2-0 all-time in non-conference home games under his guidance.