ODESSA, Texas (October 7, 2013) – Lubbock Christian University got off to a good start in their Heartland Conference opener, defeating University of Texas of the Permian Basin 3-0 Monday afternoon at UTPB Soccer Field.
For a third straight game and second official game, Nick Gorrie scored the game's first goal. He dipped a shot over the goalkeeper from the right side of the box and into the goal in the 14th minute for an early 1-0 lead. The goal was his second goal of the season and his tenth of his career. Gorrie scored the first goal of an eventual cancelled game (weather) on Sept. 28 at Dallas Christian, and then followed with the first goal Thursday at Eastern New Mexico.
Gorrie would play a part in the second goal as well, as just over 12 minutes later in the 26th minute, Gorrie and Martinez assisted on a goal scored by Billy Forbes. His 33rd goal of his career and tenth of the season was scored from close range on the left side, as he beat keeper Craig Branum to the far side. In the 66th minute, freshman Jorge Elizalde provided LCU some insurance by taking advantage of some nice passing from Setwart MacDonell and Jorge Martinez, which set him up for an open chance in the six-yard box, which he converted on. The goal was the second goal of the season for Elizalde.
The Chaps had an 11-4 advantage in shots and 6-1 advantage in shots on goal in the first half. LCU would end up out-shooting UTPB 16-11, with an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal. It was just the third game this season (two games against UTPB) LCU has out-shot their opposition. Erik Mozzo claimed his third shutout of the season and his career, as he was able to stop the only shot put towards him. Branum suffered the loss in goal stopping five of eight LCU shots. The game was physical with a combined 20 fouls whistled (14 against LCU) and five yellow cards issued (three against UTPB).
Winners of three of their last four games, LCU improves their record to 4-3-1 overall with the win, while UTPB falls to 4-6-0 overall (0-1-0 in the Heartland Conference). LCU is 3-0-1 all-time in conference openers and 1-0-0 in Heartland Conference openers. Chaps head coach Matt Barnes improves his all-time career coaching record, four-year institutions, to 8-0-3 in conference contests. LCU returns home Saturday to host St. Mary's University at noon.