CHICKASHA – It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.
USAO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in first weekend of November. Registration, which is just $65 for a weekend full of events, is open currently, but prices will increase in less than two weeks. The deadline for early bird registration is Sept. 30.
CHICKASHA – Despite a tough battle for 110 minutes on Saturday afternoon, the Drovers found themselves earning their second tie of the season as the game against Lyon College ended scoreless after two overtime periods.
While they got 17 shots off during the game, the Drovers (2-0-2) struggled to net the ball while defending their own goal nearly flawlessly.
The Drovers, who are ranked third nationally, outshot the Lyon...
CHICKASHA – With several starters having graduated, no one was quite sure how the 2012 men’s soccer team at USAO would begin this season.
“We’re a young team, so it’s been a real good start for us,” Byars said of the first three games. “The concerns are still there. But we’ve had some boys step up into positions, so it’s not as bad as it was at the very, very beginning.”
CHICKASHA – For the first time in school history, the Drover men’s soccer team broke into the NAIA Top 5, sitting at third in the nation in the most recent NAIA Poll.
“It shows a great amount of respect and recognition for what our program has been able to do the last couple of years, combined with a few big wins this year,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “We’re honored people think we are headed to new heights.”
CHICKASHA – It may have taken 108 minutes, but the Drover men upset No. 2 Baker University in the NAIA Game of the Week.
In the season opener, the Drovers, ranked seventh in the country, battled Baker in one of the team’s toughest games set for the season. During the 17-minute mark, Perry Sansford, a junior from Colchester, England, knocked in the Drovers’ first goal off an assist by Sean McLaughlan.
CHICKASHA – Two weeks before classes begin, USAO soccer players stepped foot on campus and have been focusing on fitness and tactical work in daily workouts to prepare for the big opening of the 2012 season.
“The kids have worked very hard for the last 10 or 12 days, and we’ll continue to work hard,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “The kids are excited to be here and they have a good attitude.”