LUBBOCK, Texas (November 7, 2013) – A trio of goals in a span of 2:08 by Eastern New Mexico University put a damper on Lubbock Christian University's Senior Day, as the Chaparrals fell 4-0 to the Greyhounds in a contest that not only ends the season but also ends LCU's program-best six-game win streak.
Ryan McManus opened the scoring in the 30th minute with an unassisted goal. His first goal of the game came as a scrum off a rebound was dug out by McManus and put into the goal. The goal was the lone goal of the first half to provide the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead. LCU sought the equalizer until the wheels fell off in the 80th minute. ENMU tallied three goals in a span of 2:08. Andy Wilkinson scored his fifth of the season with an unassisted goal, and McManus scored his second goal of the game (fourth of the season) 32-seconds later for a 3-0 lead. Just 1:36 later in the 82nd minute, James Rasmussen scored his first goal of the season and it closed the game's scoring.
The four goals allowed matches a season high from a 4-1 loss at No. 14 West Texas A&M (Sept. 16). ENMU out-shot LCU 21-10 overall, with a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal. Severin Niessen stopped both LCU shots on goal for his fourth shutout of the season. LCU's Erik Mozzo started in goal and allowed three goals off eight shots faced through nearly 80 minutes. Senior teammate Tim Saucedo filled in the final 10:25 and allowed one goal.
Playing three of their prior four games against ranked opponents had ENMU primed for the contest and the win improved their record to 9-5-3 on the season. The Chaps fell to 11-5-1 on the season. It was Senior Day for the Chaparrals and 13 members were honored prior to the game. Included in the mix was Adam Goodnight, who completes his eligibility after playing in all 72 games in the program's history.
Despite the loss, the Chaps completed a solid season in their first season under head coach Matt Barnes. They finished the season in first place in the Heartland Conference with an 8-1-0 conference record. They finished the season with the conference's leading scorer in Billy Forbes (41 points) and the top goalkeeper in Goals Against Average (1.07) and save percentage (80.4%) with Mozzo.