CHICKASHA – Epitomizing student-athlete, three USAO Drover soccer players were named Capitol One Academic All-District on Friday.
To earn the honor, athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher, be at least of sophomore status and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games. One Drover man, Niall Crick, and two Drover women, Leslie Bross and Gabby Barros, earned the honor.
Barros, an elementary education senior, has played most of the season helping hold down the defensive line, which has recorded seven shutouts this season. She scored her lone goal in a mid-season match against Saint Gregory’s.
In her four seasons at USAO, she’s scored 17 goals with 12 assists. Prior to the 2011 season, Barros played mid-field.
In addition to her soccer responsibilities, Barros maintains a 4.0 GPA as a senior.
In 2010, Barros was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. She has served as a team captain for two years and was named a 2009 All-Conference athlete.
She is the daughter of Philip and Myra Martinez, of Oklahoma City.
Bross, a biology senior, has spent most of her career on the defense but has found herself floating around to different positions this season. In her time at USAO, Bross has played in 59 games for the Drovers.
She scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Wayland Baptist and another in a 6-0 shutout over Texas College. Her single assist of the season came in a big win over Saint Gregory’s in late September.
Now in her fourth year at USAO, Bross has been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA in biology. She hopes to enter physician’s assistant school after taking a year off to get married post graduation.
She is the daughter of Rex and Nancy Bross, of Yukon.
Representing the men in the Capitol One Academic All-District honors, Crick has spent four seasons at midfield for the Drovers. While he’s only scored four goals this season, he has helped with an additional eight assists.
In his time with the Drovers, Crick has scored 21 goals and come in with 39 assists. His assist count brings him third in school history in assists.
A communication senior, Crick has maintained a 3.66 GPA in this time at USAO. In addition to soccer, he has served as the editor of the student newspaper, The Trend.
In 2010, Crick was named an NAIA All-American and an NAIA Champion of Character. He was also named All-Conference in 2009 and 2010.
He is the son of Stephen Coulson and Sylvia Crick.