Drovers earn national honors

CHICKASHA – As post-season soccer wraps up, USAO soccer players have been recognized for both athletic and scholarly abilities.

Awards include NAIA All-American and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Niall Crick
Mid-fielder Niall Crick, a junior from Leith, Scotland, was named an NAIA All-America Third Team after scoring seven goals and ending the season with nine assists. He had game-winning goals against both Emmanuel College and Brescia University in September.

Crick ranks No. 33 in the division in total assists for the season. In his three years at USAO, he has 17 goals and 31 assists.

Additional, Crick was named USAO’s Champion of Character in the Men’s Soccer National Championship tournament opening round.

He is a communication junior at USAO. He is the son of Stephen Coulson and Sylvia Crick.

Nikola Cakarevic
After ending the season as USAO’s leading scorer, Nikola Cakarevic was named an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention.

Cakarevic had 16 goals, including three game-winning goals, throughout the season. He also had three assists. He ranks 20th in the division in goals per game (0.890) and 23rd in total goals.

In his four seasons with the Drovers, he has scored 44 goals and has had 21 assists.

He is a senior forward from Belgrade, Serbia. He is a business major and is the son of Srecko and Mila Cakaervic.


Gabby Martinez
Gabby Martinez was honored for both her academic and athletic achievements as she was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Martinez, an elementary education junior, scored five goals and had five assists in the 2010 season. She scored a game-winner against Wayland Baptist late in the season. Two of her goals came in that game.
 
In her three seasons at USAO, she’s scored 16 goals with 12 assists.
 
In addition to her soccer responsibilities, Martinez maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

She is the daughter of Philip and Myra Martinez, of Oklahoma City.

Lexxa Kever
Another junior mid-fielder Lexxa Kever also was recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Kever, a business administration and biology student, played mid-field relief in nine games for USAO.

She maintains a 3.92 grade point average in her double major.

Kever is from Springdale, Ark., and is the daughter of Glen and Londa Kever.
 

Published: Dec. 7, 2010