Drovers win both Tuesday night games, men propelled into Top 25

For the first time since 2006, the Drover men are ranked in the NAIA Top 25 for soccer. Tuesday night, the University of Science and Arts team shut out Roger State University with a final score of 2-0. The national ranking — 21 — does not reflect Tuesday’s game, either. The women are ranked 22 for the second week in a row. Action Tuesday night for the men’s game started early with a goal by Dusan Rasovic and an assist by Niall Crick at 12:39. The only other goal of the game was at 25:41 by Drover David Otieno. Gavin Otieno and Rasovic assisted in that goal. The Drovers did not allow any goals against them, making this the seventh shutout of the season. The men have an overall record of 12-1, 5-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The team is ranked No. 1 in the conference. The men are No. 2 in the division in assists per game with 3.92 and in shots per game at 23.38. The women also beat Rogers State University on Tuesday night, with a final score of 5-1. Erika Griffith struck first for the Drovers, getting a goal at the 12:43-minute marker with an assist from Taylor Fain. The women allowed a goal by Rogers State five minutes later. Later in the half, Kelli Korleski netted the ball, with an assist from Brittany Jay, for a second Drover goal. Jay then scored two goals in a row in the next 25 minutes. Calli Cooper and Fain assisted the first, and Cooper assisted the second as well. Cooper ended the game with the Drover’s fifth goal at 70:45. The win brings the women’s overall record to 10-3 and 4-1 in the conference. They are No. 1 in the SAC. The women are ranked No. 1 in the division for total goals with 67 and goals per game with an average of 5.15. Both teams face off against John Brown Saturday afternoon at Drover Pitch. The women kick off at 1 p.m. and the men follow at 3 p.m.