14 Sep Lady Chaps Face First Road Test in Colorado
Women’s Soccer | 09.14.2021
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (2-0) at
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 6 p.m. CT
Gonzales Stadium – Pueblo, Colorado
LADY CHAP HEADERS
- After wins over New Mexico Highlands and East Central, Lubbock Christian is 2-0 for the first time since 2016. They started that season with a 3-0 record
- The Lady Chaps are tied for second in the Lone Star Conference with an average of 3.50 goals per game. Only West Texas A&M is ahead of them with 4.0 goals per game
- CSU-Pueblo lost their first three games of the season, including games against LSC members Eastern New Mexico and Angelo State, before their first win last Sunday
- Makenna Pate became the first Lady Chap player with multiple goals this season when she converted a penalty kick in the 39th minute of the win over Adams State
- Freshman goalkeeper Megan Mirabal earned the first shutout of her collegiate career against Adams State, making six saves in the win
In the only Lady Chap game last week, they jumped on Adams State early on the way to a 3-0 win. The first goal – scored by Allison Scott – was scored just 2:40 into the match. Brittany Jones played the ball into the box, which Scott redirected with her thigh into the back of the net, scoring her first goal of the season and the 24th goal of her LCU career. The goal was the earliest scored by the Lady Chaps since September 14, 2021, when Hollie Windham scored 2:28 into a match against Southwestern Oklahoma State, which ended in a 2-1 Lady Chap win.
Maddie Hoel added on quickly in the win over Adams State, giving Lubbock Christian a 2-0 lead in just the sixth minute. That feat by the Lady Chaps was impressive enough, but the way Hoel scored her goal was even more impressive. The Lubbock native was the player selected to take the corner kick for the Lady Chaps. She took her steps back from the ball, raised her arm and drilled a bending shot over the head of all defenders and the arms of the goalkeeper and into the back corner of the net, untouched by any other player. It is believed to be the first Olympico goal by a Lady Chap since Brooke Wendl accomplished the rare feat in 2014 in a game also played against Adams State.
LCU’s win over Adams State was also their first shutout of the year, and their first since the spring 2021 regular season finale, when they held St. Mary’s scoreless. The Grizzlies were limited to just 13 shots in the game, only six of which were on goal. Lubbock Christian has allowed just 9.5 shots per game through the first two, only eight of which have been on goal for a .421 shot on goal percentage. The clean sheet was also the first in the young career of goalkeeper Megan Mirabal, who is now 2-0-0 in goal.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
When Scott scored what ended up being the game-winning goal against Adams State, it was the 11th of her LCU career, which is the second-most in program history. The senior is also tied for third in points (65), goals (25) and assists (17). She has played 4,684 minutes across 68 career games, and has a chance to become the all-time leader in games played before the end of the season. Teammates Celia Duarte and Makenna Pate have also found their ways into the LCU record books. Duarte is tied for 10th all-time with 30 career points (10g, 10a), and Pate ranks seventh in points per game (1.00) and eighth in shots (120).
TO START WITH
Lubbock Christian is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2016, when they beat UT Permian Basin, Fort Lewis and Oklahoma Christian to start the season 3-0, which the Lady Chaps can match with a win on Wednesday. If LCU earns the win on Friday against Colorado Christian as well, it will be the best start since 2012, when the Lady Chaps won an incredible 12 games to start the season.
This weekend’s games will be the first two on the road for the Lady Chaps this season. During the spring 2021 season, LCU was 2-2 in road games, averaging 11.2 shots and 1.50 goals per game. Their two road wins were over McMurry (3-0) and UT Permian Basin (2-0). In the last full season of competition (2019), the Lady Chaps were 5-3-1 when playing away from home.
SCOUTING THE THUNDERWOLVES
- CSU-Pueblo’s one win this year came against Fort Hays State on Sept. 12. They won the game 1-0, despite being out-shot 12-9
- The Thunderwolves have scored just twice this season (they were shut out in each of their first two games), with the goals coming from Madison Jepperson and Porsche Nieto
- Sierra Cardenas is in her fifth season leading the CSUP women’s soccer program, coming to Pueblo after serving as the head coach at Otero Junior College for two years. She has a record of 31-26-9 with the Thunderwolves.
- During the spring 2021 season, the Thunderwolves claimed their first RMAC Championship ever, beating Regis 2-0 in the conference tournament before taking down Mines 4-2 on PKs and Westminster 5-4 on PKs to claim the title
- CSUP’s defense has allowed 16.8 shots per game and nine goals already through the first four contests. Opponents have put 31 of those shots (46.3 percent) on goal
A WIN ON WEDNESDAY WOULD
- Be the 102nd in Lubbock Christian program history (101-74-18)
- Be the 88th win under head coach Alex Denning (87-57-14)
- Be the 111th win of Denning’s career as a women’s soccer coach (110-90-17)
- Be the Lady Chaps’ first-ever win over CSU-Pueblo (0-3-0)
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