Drovers take two from Texas Wesleyan

CHICKASHA – On a rainy Friday afternoon, the Drovers delivered two wins over the Rams of Texas Wesleyan and showed that both Drover soccer teams would be forces to reckon with this season.

The men, ranked No. 23 in the country, grabbed their second shutout of the season on Friday afternoon.

It took only 13 minutes for sophomore Scott Parkinson to knock in the first goal in off an assist by Perry Sansford. Before the half ended, freshman Alex Rubio scored USAO’s second goal thanks to an assist by Dusan Rasovic.

Without giving up any goals, Rasovic scored the third and final Drover goal off assists by Nicolas Alberto and Jean Gnapi.

Bryan Byars, a freshman from Oklahoma City, recorded three saves in his 90 minutes at keeper.

The Drover men move to 2-1 overall. They turn around to play their next game at noon Saturday against No. 21 Bethel College from Tennessee before heading on the road to take on Friends University on Tuesday.

In fifteen minutes, the Drover women took the lead over the Rams, who defeated No. 13 Oklahoma City earlier this week. Freshman Megan Wilkerson whizzed one past TWU’s keeper off an assist by Taylor Fain.

It wasn’t until the second half with the Rams struck back with a goal of their own with less than 20 minutes left in the game. The game was forced into overtime but five minutes in, Fain found junior Jordyn Yates for the game-winning goal.

Addie Tipton, a sophomore from Tulsa, spent the whole game in the box, collecting eight saves, including one in overtime.

The women remain undefeated at 3-0. They play their next game on the road against Friends University at 6 p.m. Tuesday. They return home Sept. 27.

Published: Sept. 16, 2011