CHICKASHA – An overtime battle on Tuesday afternoon left (14) Wayland Baptist going home with the victory despite shot domination by the Drovers.
The Pioneers (7-1-1, 2-0) were ranked No. 14 in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll, which was released in the middle of the game. The Drovers (4-4, 1-1) are receiving votes.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma fought a tough battle, spending most of the afternoon trying to find the net. The Drovers recorded 34 shots whereas WBU had nine for the entire game. Additionally, USAO had 15 corner kicks while the Pioneers had zero.
The first goal of the game wasn’t until the 71st minute, and it gave the advantage to the Pioneers. USAO’s Liam Madden scored the equalizer with just 40 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
WBU’s Javier Parry scored the winning goal in the 97th minute of the game.
Bryan Byars spent the entire time in the box and had four saves.
USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton has 199 wins for the men. He will look again for his 200th next Tuesday against John Brown. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
It will be the Drovers’ third annual Pink Out Cancer game, hosted by Drovers Against Cancer. Fans from both sides are encouraged to wear pink to the game as a unified front against cancer. Drovers Against Cancer members will be selling concessions and honoring survivors at half time.