CHICKASHA – After a first conference title and national tournament appearance in 2011, the Drover women start this season ranked nationally, coming in 24th in the NAIA 2012 Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll, which was released Tuesday.
USAO is one of two Sooner Athletic Conference teams to appear in the Top 25, with Oklahoma City in the No. 11 spot. The Drovers came in second to OCU in the SAC Preseason Poll.
2012: Madden played in all but one — and started in all but three — games his freshman season for the Drovers. He quickly became an integral part of the Drovers’ midfield. Madden’s lone goal was the game-winner in a 7-0 shutout over Bethany College. He also assisted a goal later in that game. His other assist came in the previous game to Northwood.
High School: Madden played soccer in his native Scotland before coming to USAO.
2012: As a freshman, Maxwell played in nearly every game of the season and saw 11 starts. Playing midfield, he became an important part of the team. His lone goal came in a 3-0 shutout over conference-foe John Brown. His only assist was in a September contest against Friends University.
2012: Burley jumped right in as a freshman and found his way into the starting lineup. He started in 16 games and saw appearances in all of the Drovers’ 19 games. As a mid-fielder, he led the team in assists with eight on the season. His three goals came in just two games. He had two against conference-rival Oklahoma Baptist in a mid-October game and then scored the team’s second goal in a 2-0 shutout in the Drovers’ NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round game against Grand View (Iowa).