CHICKASHA – The Drovers continued their shutout streak — which is currently at eight in a row — on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Rogers State 4-0.
Taking on the Hillcats, who beat Oklahoma City last week, the Drovers dominated offensively, getting off 28 shots while holding RSU to just six.
Junior captain Nicolas Alberto started the scoring for USAO. Seventeen minutes into the game, he notched a goal off an assist by Luka Rasovic.
After a few more missed opportunities, Jean Gnapi scored another Drover goal, also assisted by Rasovic, who had a great game on Tuesday.
The Drovers went into halftime leading 2-0, but they didn’t stop battling in the second half. The defensive line kept the Hillcats to just one shot for the last 45 minutes.
Offensively, the Drovers didn’t score again until there was just 10 minutes left on the clock. Scott Parkinson found freshman Stephen Owusu, who scored his sixth goal of the season.
With less than four minutes left in the game, a penalty in the box gave Rasovic an opportunity to kick the team’s first penalty kick of the season. Hillcat keeper Nathan Inger had a great save, but USAO immediately had another opportunity, and that time, Rasovic found the net.
The Drovers won 4-0, advancing them to 8-0-2 overall and 2-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
USAO’s Bryan Byars had three saves in the game. With 18 shutouts in a season and a half at USAO, Byars is second to assistant coach Alexis Vizarelis in career shutouts. He is just three shutouts shy of tying Vizarelis’ record.
Now completely in conference play, the Drovers will travel to John Brown University to play on Saturday afternoon before returning home to play Mid-America Christian for the second annual Pink Out Cancer game on Oct. 9.
The Drovers will don pink uniforms for the game, which will feature the men at 2 p.m. and the women at 4 p.m. Colleges Against Cancer will be selling concessions at the games to raise money for cancer awareness and research.