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MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Leaving Thanksgiving morning to make the long trip to Montgomery, Ala., the Drovers are eager to get on the field to play in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship second round game.

“Attitude of boys is very good,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said. “They are prepped and ready to play. We’ve been training very hard last four days. The boys ready to go.”

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CHICKASHA – Home field advantage, a lot of heart and a pair of goals is all it took to send the Drovers on to the next round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship as they shut out Grand View 2-0 in the Opening Round.

“The team competed hard and played hard for each other,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said after the game. “I’m real proud of our boys as they make their own identity.”

Kris Andrews and award

CHICKASHA – Respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. These are the qualities of a true Champion of Character, and they are the qualities of USAO’s lone senior, Kris Andrews.

Andrews was named one of the 32 NAIA Champions of Character on Friday night at a banquet honoring the USAO Drovers and the Grand View Vikings.

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CHICKASHA – The fact that the Drovers enter the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round undefeated for the first time in school history doesn’t have an effect on Coach Jimmy Hampton or his coaching staff.

“The way we view it is it’s a new season and both teams are 0-0,” he explained. “You have to win to get here, but at this point records do not matter as it’s win or go home.”

Perry Sansford

CHICKASHA – Going undefeated with 10 shutouts, the Drover men practically swept the 2012 All-Sooner Athletic Conference selections.

Perry Sansford was named the SAC’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Scott Parkinson earned Defensive Player of the Year and Bryan Byars was named Goalkeeper of the Year.

Coach Jimmy Hampton earned conference Coach of the Year. It is his fourth conference...

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers have the opportunity to host the Opening Round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Tournament, taking on Grand View Vikings at 7 p.m. Saturday on Hampton Field at Chickasha High School.

“I am excited for USAO to get to host. We are hoping to see 1,500 Drover fans out at the game,” said USAO Coach Jimmy Hampton, who is also the namesake of the CHS soccer field. “I appreciate the support of Chickasha schools to...

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers have qualified for their fourth straight NAIA Men’s Soccer National Tournament berth, the NAIA announced Sunday evening.

Earlier Sunday, the NAIA released the final Top 25 Poll, putting the Drovers tied for fourth with Concordia University in California.

The Drovers (13-0-4) go into the tournament undefeated, despite being knocked off in the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament...

Niall Burley

CHICKASHA – After going undefeated in the regular season, the Drover men found themselves not advancing beyond the SAC Quarterfinals as the fell in penalty kicks to rival Oklahoma City.

The Drovers, who entered the tournament top seed and third in the country, outshot the Stars 28-12 for the game, getting out more than twice as many as the Stars in each period.

With a lot of close calls, the Drovers were unable to hit...

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CHICKASHA – The Drover men continue to make history each year, coming in at the end of the regular season this year undefeated for the first time and take yet another Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title.

It is also the second time the Drovers (13-0-3, 7-0-1) have ended without suffering a conference loss.

The Drovers, still ranked third in the NAIA, will host eighth-seed Oklahoma City in the first round at...

Stephen Owusu

CHICKASHA – After scoring a hat trick in Thursday’s game at Lubbock Christian, Stephen Owusu was named Sooner Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Owusu came in off the bench in Thursday’s game to score three unanswered goals to give the Drovers the 3-1 win over the Chaps and help secure the undefeated season.

He comes in as USAO’s second leading scorer with 11 goals so far this season. It is his first year...