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.
2013: Madden exploded in his sophomore season with the Drovers, tying for first on the team in total goals with 10 and leading the team in assists with nine. His two game-winning goals were in back-to-back September games against Friends University and McPherson College. In the McPherson game, he recorded his first career hat trick. For the year, he led the team in points (29) and shots (69). For his efforts, he was named an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and earned the Sooner Athletic Conference’s biggest honor: SAC Player of the Year.
2013: Playing midfield for the Drovers as a sophomore, Maxwell appeared in all but two games. He recorded six goals and five assists and came in third on the team in points with 17. In a home game against conference foe John Brown, Maxwell recorded both a goal and assist to help the Drovers to a 3-0 shutout. His lone game-winner was in a late October game at Southwestern Assemblies of God.
2013: As a sophomore, Burley saw time in every game of the season and had 17 starts at midfield. All three of his goals on the season came in November as he recorded the second goal in conference wins against Southwestern Assembles of God and Oklahoma City. His final goal was USAO’s tying goal in a 1-2 double overtime loss in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round game at Missouri Valley. He was second on the team in assists with seven on the year, including two in a shutout over Friends University. He was named All-Conference Second Team.