CHICKASHA – The Drovers wanted to come out strong in the 2013 season opener, and they did nothing shy of that. It would also turn out to be a record-breaking effort for junior goalkeeper Bryan Byars.
With the 3-0 victory against the University of Houston-Victoria, Byars sets the USAO record for most shutouts in a career. This shutout was his 22nd for the three-year starter, beating the old record holder, assistant coach Alexis Vizarelis.
Byars ended up with four saves as the Drover defense held the Jaguars in line for the whole day.
Drovers (1-0) had a stellar defense in the first half, holding the Jaguars to a low count of two shots compared to USAO’s 10.
The lone goal of the first half came from freshman newcomer Alwin Komolong, who scored off of a header in the back of the net off of an assist from Liam Madden.
Komolong would finish the day with two goals on his only two shots of the game. His second goal came off a cross in the left side early in the second half.
But the Drovers weren’t done yet. The third goal came with just 20 minutes left in the game. Kyle Maxwell scored at the 70-minute mark after almost netting another goal earlier in the half.
The Drovers would end the day with a 17-6 shot advantage on the Jaguars.
With one game in the books for this Labor Day weekend the Drovers will take on Our Lady of the Lake on Sept. 1 at 3 p.m.