Drovers are No. 1 in conference, No. 21 in America

From hat tricks and shut outs to disappointing defeats — this season of Drover soccer has had it all.

The men became regular season Sooner Athletic Conference Champions for the first time in school history. Both teams will begin post-season play in the next few days.

The Drover men have had the team’s best season of its 11-year history. After an early loss to Briar Cliff University and a recent tie against Oklahoma City University, the Drover men have a record of 15-1-1.

“As far as the way it feels, the first thing is, I’m happy for the players,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “It may be a testament to the day in and the day out hard work.”

He said the early loss to Briar Cliff University set the rest of the season in motion.

“You can learn more from one loss than from 10 wins,” he said.

The Drovers have recorded 73 goals and 64 assists with 194 shots on goal in 17 games played.

The team has held the spot at No. 1 in the conference for weeks and is ranked 21 in the NAIA.

“We felt like we were going to be good on the men (side) … but I don’t know that you ever expect to play in the SAC and go unbeaten in the SAC,” Hamptons said. “15-1-1, I thought our boys had a tremendous year.”

Junior David Otieno netted 20 of the Drovers’ 73 goals this season and led the division in shots per game with an average of 6.88 shots per game. And Otieno is second in the division in game winning goals – he’s has seven. He is ranked third in shots on goal per game and fifth in total points and points per game.

Sophomore Niall Crick ranks No. 1 in the division in total assists with 15. Crick also stands at No. 2 in the division in assists per game (.94).

Freshman goalkeeper Ryan Mcentee, from Glasgow Scotland, has recorded seven shutouts this season. Mcentee is only three shutouts short of setting a new USAO record for shutouts in a single season.

The Drover men have outshot their opponents 403-115 and outscored their opponents 73-15.

Being conference leaders, the men have home field advantage and a first round bye for the conference tournament. At 2 p.m. Monday, the team will play the winner of Friday night’s game between Oklahoma Christian University and Rogers State University.

The Drover men in Division I are ranked: • No. 2 in assists per game (3.76) • No. 2 in total assists (64) • No. 3 in total goals (73) • No. 3 in goals per game (4.29) • No. 4 in shots per game (23.71) • No. 6 in shots on goal per game (11.41) Source: NAIA