CHICKASHA – Coach Jimmy Hampton has led the Drovers since soccer began and have brought both programs to top-notch teams that are recognized nationally — and this year is no exception.
The men, who were picked to top the Sooner Athletic Conference and start the season ranked in the Top 10 in the NAIA, Hampton said he thought their performance in a preseason scrimmage against a Top 15 team a great start.
“I was pleased with the character and grit that we showed,” Hampton said. “There’s obviously a lot of we have to improve on from a football standpoint, but the internal makeup of the men I was quite pleased with.”
Hampton said on the women’s side, they have a small team with young talent, but with some additional preparation, the team could prove just a tough as expected. The women were picked second in the SAC.
“I think we will probably have some ups and downs early on in the year on the women. I think they are the type of team that as a season wears on and as they learn their roles … will do very well,” Hampton said. “We could be a tough team to beat once we get into conference play.”
USAO announced this week that it would begin live streaming video of its home games this season. Hampton said it is something that will certainly benefit Drover soccer and its fans.
“We are excited that USAO is going to be able to do that,” he said. “So many kids aren’t from around here, and their parents might get to see them play once in four years. This allows them to catch them on the Internet and watch the games and watch their kids play.”
USAO’s first games are this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Their home opener is scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Sept. 5 against the University of Texas-Brownsville, a strong national team on both sides.