CHICKASHA – A hat trick by a Bethel (Tenn.) Wildcat proved to be the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s undoing in the Sunday afternoon game at Drover Pitch.
Even though the Drovers (1-5) struck first — and last — a hat trick by Jaylene Tye secured Bethel’s 3-2 victory on Sunday.
USAO’s Linda Addo was the first on the board, netting a goal off an assist by Jade Ovendale 17 minutes into the game.
The Drovers gave up the equalizer before halftime and allowed two more to sneak in in the second half.
Ovendale went on to score USAO’s second goal of the game on a penalty kick with 20 minutes left to go in the game.
Over the course of the 90-minute game, USAO outshot the Wildcats 23-17 and had a total of eight shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Addie Lee (1-5) had five saves in the game.
The Drovers travel to their next three matches, starting with back-to-back games next weekend at Wiley and Texas colleges. Then, USAO faces its first conference opponent at Oklahoma Baptist on Sept. 27.
Their next home game is against conference foe Wayland Baptist. That game is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Drover Pitch.