Hounds blank Lubbock Christian in finale

CMI staff

LUBBOCK — After a tight battle most of the way, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team needed just over two minutes to put the contest out of reach in closing its season with a 4-0 win over Lubbock Christian on Thursday.

Freshman midfielder Ryan McManus scored twice for the Greyhounds (9-5-4), including a goal off a header late in the first half that held up as the only score until the closing flurry.

Senior Andy Wilkinson made it 2-0 when he knocked in a loose ball that LCU goalkeeper Erik Mozzo was unable to corral with just under 11 minutes left. Then McManus scored 32 seconds later off an assist from freshman defender Ryan Sinclair.

Junior midfielder James Rasmussen followed with his first goal of the season, assisted by freshman defender Timothy Baker, at the 81:11 mark to finish it off.

Freshman goalkeeper Severin Niessen had two saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season, tying the program’s record for most shutouts in a season set in 2009.

The Hounds outshot the Chaparrals (11-5-1) overall 21-10, including 10-2 on goal. ENMU finished with 24 goals allowed for the season, the second-fewest in program history.

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