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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Thursday morning, the Drover women hopped on an airplane – some for the first time – to travel to the West Coast to take on the biggest challenge of their playing careers.

After hours of traveling, the Drovers have spent their time in San Diego, Calif., preparing and practicing for No. 4 Point Loma Nazarene in the 2011 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST on...

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – For the first time in school history, both Drover soccer teams have made it into the 2011 NAIA Soccer National Championship Opening Round, and USAO is offering a chance to watch them both in action right in Chickasha.

In the women’s first trip to nationals, they drew No. 4 Point Loma Nazarene, based out of San Diego, Calif. The Drovers kick off at 1 p.m. central standard time on Saturday.

CHICKASHA – With both teams qualifying for the national tournament, the Drovers have six days to prepare for their 2011 NAIA National Championship Opening Round opponents after the brackets were released Sunday night.

“We are excited about the opportunity,” Hampton said. “Both teams drew quality opponents, but it’s what we expect in the final 32. We will work hard this week to do our very best.”

The women...

CHICKASHA – Coaching the Drover women to their first-ever Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament invite, Coach Jimmy Hampton earns the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.

Additionally this season, Hampton took the USAO men’s soccer team to another SAC Championship and a third National Tournament bid.

“I am honored to receive Coach of the Year,” Hampton said. “It is...

OKLAHOMA CITY – After 90 tough minutes of ball, the Drover women earned their first ever Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with a 1-0 win on the road against No. 14 Oklahoma City.

The Drovers and the Stars both move on to the opening round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Tournament on Nov. 19 with automatic bids.

“I’m so proud of our girls,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “They fought hard tonight. It’s tough to...

CHICKASHA – For the first time in school history, the Drover women have advanced beyond the Sooner Athletic Conference Quarterfinals. They defeated Mid-America Christian in a much-needed overtime win.

“It was definitely very exciting. I think our team worked so hard this year, and we definitely deserve it,” said junior Erin Coggan. “I have to admit, I was so exhausted after that, and I was so excited she scored.”

BETHANY – A big win over No. 25 Southern Nazarene sends the Drovers to the Sooner Athletic Conference Finals for the first time in the women’s program’s history.

USAO defeated the Crimson Storm in the SAC Semifinals 2-0.

“I’m so proud and happy for the women,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “I give all the credit to them.”

Excited to be in their first Semifinal match and eager to best SNU, who’d beat them in the...

CHICKASHA – After a helping lead the back line all season, highlighted with a shutout in the Sooner Athletic Conference Quarterfinals, Gabby Barros was named the SAC’s final Defensive Player of the Week.

The defender has been instrumental all season in helping the Drovers achieve a 13-5 overall record and the program’s first SAC Semifinal appearance after the quarterfinal win on Saturday.

In that game, Barros and the...

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.

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CHICKASHA – Continuing their strong season, the Drover women move on to the SAC Semifinals for the first time in school history after a hard-earned win 1-0 over Mid-America Christian on Saturday afternoon.

The Drovers will move on to play at 7 p.m. at Southern Nazarene on Tuesday. SNU advanced over John Brown in penalty kicks.

The winner of Monday’s match will go on to play the winner of a game between Rogers State and...