ABILENE, Texas (September 1, 2010) – Lubbock Christian University's Lady Chaps defeated the McMurry women's soccer team 7-1 in McMurry's season opener Wednesday afternoon at Edwards Field. Amber Brown-Longoria scored a hat trick for the Lady Chaps to help the first-year program start the season 2-0.
McMurry kept the match manageable in the first half, as LCU scored goals in the 23rd and 33rd minutes by Peta-Gay Soman and Priscilla Brannon respectively. However, the Lady Chaps unloaded in the second half with two quick goals in the first 10 minutes.
All in all, Longoria's three goals came in the second half (all three scored in a span of 23:08), while Soman and Brannon each had two goals. Soman also assisted LCU's final goal of the match in the 78th minute while Esther Ruiz and Misty Sides each picked up assists for the Lady Chaps.
McMurry avoided the shutout in the 86th minute when Chelsey Slay scored an unassisted goal for the team's first score of the season. She scored unassisted dribbling past the keeper and knocked it in.
LCU out-shot McMurry 39-6, and McMurry was limitted to just one shot-one goal in the second half. LCU's starting goal keeper kept McMurry scoreless and recorded two saves while Berkley Albracht surrendered the lone McMurry goal.
The Lady Chaps return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. on the road in Brownwood facing Howard Payne University.