Chaps host Falcons in LSC quarterfinal game

Men’s football | 08/11/2021

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (8-6-1, 5-2-1) c.
Wednesday, November 9 – 7 p.m.
LCU Football and Track Complex – Lubbock, TX


  • Lubbock Christian finished the regular season in third place in the Lone Star Conference, earning the right to host Tuesday’s quarterfinal game
  • The top two teams in the league receive a pass to the first round. The winners of the two quarter-final matches will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held in Wichita Falls by Midwestern State
  • Lubbock Christian’s 1.47 goals-against average is third-best in the conference, and his 2.00 goals-against average is third-best
  • UT Permian Basin finished sixth in the LSC with a 3-4 record in the league, averaging 1.33 goals per game while allowing 2.56 goals per game
  • Because this is a Lone Star Conference Tournament game, Chap Passes will not involve fans in the game. Student access is always free with an LCU ID

The Chaparrals head to the playoffs with an 8-6-1 overall record. They started the season in Colorado, winning the first victory of the year against Adams State (3-0). Playing at home for the first time, they suffered a 3-2 loss to MSU-Denver before giving CSU-Pueblo their first loss of the season 1-0. COVID cancellations kept LCU off the field for a week before ending the game out of conference, going 1-2 against LSC teams. The conference game started off with a bang, as the Chaps upset West Texas A&M 3-0, and they won four more games against league teams while losing two and tying one, securing the third seed. series for this week’s tournament.


Tuesday night’s game is a rematch of the regular season finale that took place just two days ago. LCU and UTPB encountered major implications of the LSC tournament on the line during a night game at Falcon Field in Odessa. If the Chaps won, they would enter the league tournament as a No.2 seed and receive a first-round pass. While the Falcons had to win just to make the tournament as a No.6 seed. UTPB took a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game and led 3-1 at halftime . The Chaps tied the game with a pair of goals in the second half, forcing extra time. With less than a minute to go, a UTPB cross ricocheted off an LCU defender and into the goal, preparing for the meeting.

When the Chaps host the Falcons on Tuesday night, it will be their first postseason game since Nov. 7, 2011, when they beat Rogers State 1-0 in the Sooner Sports Conference Tournament. They also hosted Oklahoma Christian in the SAC tournament that season, winning 4-0 at LCU Soccer Field. During the NCAA era, Lubbock Christian played three playoff games. They were not eligible for the conference tournament in 2013 and 2014, even though they would have qualified both years. In 2018, they first appeared, upsetting St. Mary’s 2-1 before a 1-0 loss to WT ended their season. The last tournament game the Chaps played was in 2019, when they fell 1-0 to SEU. LCU is 3-4 in all-time conference tournament games.


Despite Saturday’s loss, Lubbock Christian scored three goals, taking his season average to 2.00 goals per game. All three goals were scored by three different players, and overall the Chaps have had 14 different players who have found the back of the net at least once this season. Luciano Rodriguez leads the team in points with 11 but is tied with Jacopo Ghezzi and Tariq Bakkali for the leading team, because each player has four. Ghezzi has scored one goal in each of the last three games. LCU have attempted 183 shots this season (12.2 per game) and scored 84 (45.9%) on goal.


The Chaparrals finished the regular season with a 1.47 goals-against average, which puts them third in the Lone Star Conference. They’ve had shutouts seven times during the year, which is the highest by an LCU team in a single season since 2013, when they had eight. Chap’s opponents were capped at 10.8 shots per game and only put in 33.3% of those shots on goal. LCU goalie Braxton Thorne has been named LSC Goalkeeper of the Week three times during the year and has a .652 save percentage. LCU players also won Defensive Player of the Week three times when Luca Hollenstein win twice and Ivan Muanze-Bengono once.

Even with two cancellations early in the season, Lubbock Christian has played six home games this year with a 5-2-0 record. The Chaps are averaging 1.71 goals on 13.6 shots per game, with 46.3 percent of their shots on goal. This is the second season for LCU to play at the LCU Soccer & Track Complex, which was completed in 2020 and includes an AstroTurf playing surface, Musco lighting system to enable night games and stadium seating. for 500 fans. All-time LCU is 49-30-11 in home games, including a home record of 23-15-4 under the direction of the head coach Paul Gilbert.

Falcon scout

  • Gustavo Barroso leads the team in goals this season with five goals, and 12 other players have scored at least once
  • The Falcons finished the season with nine points, in a three-way tie for sixth place, but won the tiebreaker to advance to the playoffs via head-to-head clashes.
  • Alfonso Aragon has managed almost every goalkeeper minute, posting a .661 save percentage
  • Besides LCU, UTPB defeated Oklahoma Christian and Texas A & M-International in LSC
  • The Falcons’ regular-season goals-against average of 2.56 was the worst in the conference


  • Be the 100th win in program history (99-81-22)
  • Be the 41st victory as head coach Paul Gilbertcareer of (40-47-10)
  • Be the sixth victory against the UTPB since the start of the series of seasons in 2014 (5-7-2)

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