Drovers receive NAIA soccer honors

NAIA announced over the weekend its All-America and Academic All-American soccer honors, which included three USAO Drovers.

Junior forward David Otieno was named the NAIA Men’s Soccer All-America Second Team.

Otieno was USAO men’s soccer highest scorer with 24 goals, averaging 1.2 per game. He leads the division in shots per game (6.55) and is No. 2 in the division for shots on goal per game (3.4). He was also named Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

The 2009 season was Otieno’s first at USAO, coming to the team from Mid-Continent University. He is from Nairobi, Kenya.

Freshman Calli Cooper was named a 2009 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Honorable Mention.

Cooper ended the season with 26 goals (No. 4 in the division) and 18 assists (No. 3). Cooper is No. 1 in the division on assists per game (1) and shots per game (8.06). She was also named Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Cooper is from Norman.

John Gardner was named NAIA Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athletes Academic All-American, despite spending the season with an injury. To become an Academic All-American, the student must maintain and GPA of 3.5 or higher. NAIA named 256 students Academic All-Americans.

Gardner is a physical education junior at USAO. He is from Liverpool, England.