Three goals ended the Drovers’ historical season on Wednesday night as William Jewell defeated USAO 3-1 in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Championship.
“I’m proud of the boys. It was a good year,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “I’m proud of the four seniors. I appreciate what they’ve done for the program, and I wish them luck.”
The Drovers fought a defensive battle in the first half, outshooting the Cardinals 9-6. USAO’s lone goal came off of touches by David Otieno and Nicolas Alberto, but ultimately hit off a defender into the goal.
USAO went into half up 1-0, but the Cardinals came out powerful in the second with a goal in the first minute of the half.
“Don’t give up that first goal. It changes everything,” Hampton said. “But I’m so proud of my boys.”
Hampton said he felt like all the injuries and missing players hurt the team in this final game.
“We left three very talented guys at home,” he said. “I think maybe a lack of depth came in to play tonight.”
The Drovers made history this week, becoming the first USAO soccer team to make it into both the second round and the quarterfinals of the Men’s Soccer Championship.