USAO struggles against the Stars

CHICKASHA – The Drovers had a great week last week but were not able to deliver a win when it came to conference-rival Oklahoma City.

The Stars defeated both USAO teams Tuesday in Chickasha.

The Drover men played their first game missing senior David Otieno, who injured his knee in a Friday contest against Tabor College. The game was deadlocked until the 74th minute when Francis Malalou sent the ball past Drover goalkeeper Ryan Mcentee, who had three saves Tuesday.

With the momentum shifted in their favor, the Stars scored on a penalty kick just five minutes later.

The Drovers had 15 shots – six of which were on goal – in the game, but they were not able to get a goal past the tough Star defense and lost the game 2-0.

The Drover women could not defeat the Stars either. They gave up a goal in the first half to OCU’s Blerta Rashica. The teams continued to battle through midfield for shooting opportunities, and two other Stars netted goals within minutes of each other in the second half. The Drovers were not able to recover and lost their second game 3-0.

Goalkeeper Nikki Thomas had three saves in the game. Both USAO and OCU had 12 shots in the game.

The Drover women are now 4-2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The men are 6-1 and 0-1 in the conference. They take on their next conference opponent on Friday, with the women beginning at 1 p.m. and the men following at 3 p.m.

Men's Box Score

Women's Box Score

Published: Sept. 28, 2010