Chaps open the toughest week of the season by hosting no. 16 Oklahoma Christian
LUBBOCK, TX- The Lubbock Christian men’s football team enters its first consecutive game with nationally ranked opponents, facing no. 16 Oklahoma Christian at home on Wednesday, October 5.
No. 16 Oklahoma Christian (7-1-2, 1-0 LSC) at Lubbock Christian (3-4-3, 0-0-1 LSC)
Wednesday, Oct. 5 – 7 p.m.
Lubbock, Texas – LCU Football and Athletics Facility
• Lubbock Christian has just drawn 1-1 against West Texas A&M. The Chaps responded to an early Buffs goal in the 70th minute as Ezequiel Fidabel scored an assist by Tariq Bakkali to preserve the tie. Tom Miles also made three saves in the game.
• Jasper Reese played all 90 minutes of every game so far this season. The last time Reese came off the field in a start for the Chaps was in the 60th minute on November 3, 2021 against Texas Permain Basin
• With a goal and an assist against West Texas A&M, Tariq Bakkali became the second Chap in program history to record 50 career points. His 52 points rank him second all-time, while he ranks third in shot attempts in program history with 103 for his career. With two shots on goal against the Buffs, Bakkali is now tied with Jorge Martinez for the fourth most shots on goal in program history with 41. Bakkali can tie Gabriel Mendoza, Conner Dean and Yuriy Sadula for fourth. most games played in program history. . Bakkali played 68 games for the Chaps during his time at Lubbock.
BAKKALI IS BALLIN’
With a goal and an assist against West Texas A&M, Tariq Bakkali became the second LCU player in program history to record at least 50 career points, including 52 during his time at Hub City. Bakkali’s 22 career goals rank second all-time, while his 103 career shots are third all-time. His 41 shots on goal are tied with Jorge Martinez for fourth all-time.
IT’S NEVER EASY
The Chaps are currently facing their second consecutive team to be ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25. 8 Midwest State and no. 16 Oklahoma Christian with a contest against the no. 18 Sainte-Marie. LCU fell 1-0 earlier in the year to no. 25 CSU Pueblo before dropping no. 18 West Texas A&M 2-1 later in the year. LCU come out of a 0-0 draw without. 4 Midwestern State The Chaps are 5-14-2 all-time against nationally ranked teams and 4-4-2 in their last ten games.
The Lubbock Christian men’s soccer program began in 2010 with a 3-1 win over Southwestern University (NM). On November 9, 2021, in the first round of the LSC tournament, the Chaps won their 100th game in program history, rolling over UT Permian Basin 6-0. The Chap program enters the 2022 season with an overall record of 101-81-23.
TRAFFIC OF THE ROAD
The Chaps are currently 0-4-1 in real road games, being outscored 10-2 this season. LCU’s last road victory came as a surprise, a 4-2 victory over the no. 24 St. Mary’s at San Antonio on Oct. 30, 2021. LCU is 3-7-3 in its 13 true road games. The Chaps managed to earn a draw in their final road game against West Texas A&M on Oct. 1, ending a four-game road losing streak. Lubbock Christian hasn’t had a winning record on the road since 2018, when the Chaps went 5-4-1.
IN THE MOUNTAIN AIR
LCU has played ten games in program history at Colorado State, going 5-9-0 all-time. Chaparral’s first ever trip to Centennial State was a success as they beat Colorado Christian 5-1 behind a hat trick from Mbongeni Ndlovu on September 11, 2015. They also beat Adams State 2-1 in that 2015 trip. Last season, LCU went 1-1 in Centennial State, losing 3-1 to Fort Lewis in Durango, while beating Adams State 3-0 in Alamosa. The Chaps went 1-3 at Colorado this season, beating South Dakota Mines 4-0 in Denver, before losing games to MSU-Denver, UC-Colorado Springs and no. 25 CSU Pueblo on the road.
NEW YEAR, NEW TEAM
LCU will feature 24 amazing new players on the fall 2022 roster. Of these new players, 12 are real freshmen, while the other 12 are transfers from junior college ranks or other universities. It’s a diverse group, with seven players from Texas, four from England, four from Brazil and the rest from Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Spain internationally, as well as new faces from Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the States.
For the first time since joining the Lone Star Conference, the Chaps claimed first place in the pre-season polls, to finish fourth in the LSC this season. The last time the Chaps got a first-place vote was before the 2014 season, when LCU won four first-place votes and was expected to finish second in the Heartland Conference.
THE ERA OF CONES HAS BEGUN
– Collin cone was hired as the head men’s soccer coach at Lubbock Christian University in April 2022, arriving at the LCU after coaching LeTourneau University’s men’s soccer team for the past four seasons. He posted consecutive winning streaks in 2021 and the 2020-21 season, and helped the team improve each year he was head coach. The YellowJackets’ 6-5 record in the 2020-21 season was the program’s first winning season since 2010.
– Cone also spent three years at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He played a key role in the Lancers’ recruiting efforts while working with goaltenders. In his final season at Grace, the Lancers won the Crossroads League championship for the first time in 25 years and qualified for the NAIA National Championship for the first time in 35 seasons. Cone’s time at Grace as a coach was marked by a conference championship, an NAIA national championship, two NCCAA national tournaments and two regional tournament titles.
SEARCHING FOR EAGLES
– Oklahoma Christian was expected to finish eighth in the 2022 Lone Star Conference preseason poll
– The Eagles currently sit first in the Lone Star Conference after upsetting no. 3 Midwestern State in their 2-1 conference opener on Oct. 1. Isaias Silva scored the winning goal in the 54th minute.
– Two-time winner of the LSC Offensive Player of the Week award this season, Daniel Gutierrez has scored seven goals this season, the most in the Lone Star Conference and seventh in all of Division-II.
– Alejandro Colom leads LSC with five assists this season, a mark that ranks 20th in Division-II. Eagles lead conference as a team with 36 total assists, 18th most in Division-II
– The Eagles are averaging just over 11 shots per game, but averaging just over six shots on goal per game, giving them a shooting accuracy of 53.6 percent, second in the conference and 18th in the country
– OCU head coach Mitchell Sowerby is in his second season with the Eagles. Prior to joining Oklahoma Christian, Sowerby posted a 35-7-4 mark at Mid-America Christian, guiding the team to the National Christian College Athletic Association title in 2019 and the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament championship and a place in the last 10 of the NAIA Tournament in the spring 2021 season. Sowerby was named NCCAA Coach of the Year after a national championship victory in 2019.
THE SERIES WITH THE EAGLES
LCU leads the all-time series with Oklahoma Christian 9-3-2, but the Chaps are 0-1-1 in the last two meetings between the clubs. OC won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season 3-0 in a non-conference game. Diego Casero Comeche had a pair of assists, becoming the first opposing player to register two assists in a game against LCU since Gustavo Barroso of Texas Permian Basin did so on April 6, 2021. LCU is 7- 2 all-time against OC in Lubbock, having won three in a row at Hub City.
A VICTORY WOULD BE
– To be the fourth consecutive victory against OC in Lubbock
– To be the 10th all-time victory against Oklahoma Christian
– Be the second win of the season against a nationally ranked opponent
The Chaps are back on the road to take on another ranked opponent, traveling to Wichita Falls, Texas to take on no. 8 Midwest State on Saturday, October 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.