CHICKASHA– The Drovers will move on to the Sooner Athletic Conference Semi-Finals after a 2-0 victory on Friday afternoon against John Brown University.
The game was played in high winds and forced the Drovers and the Golden Eagles to alter the game plan in order to play in the difficult conditions.
With the win the Drovers will be taking on Northwood University who comes in as the four seed on Monday Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. on the Drover Pitch at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.
Coach Jimmy Hampton was happy with the win, and is looking forward to moving on in the tournament.
“Any win is a good win in the playoffs,” Hampton said. “The conditions made it difficult to play. JBU fought hard and was a very tough opponent,” Hampton said. “We will regroup, get some rest and training and be ready for Northwood at home on Monday.”
USAO looked to come out and make an impression on JBU after battling the wind in the entire first half.
Both teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the first half. With the Drovers down in the shot count going into the second half, they worked hard to alter the momentum.
The Drovers outshot the Golden Eagles 12-2 in the second half and also took a 15-8 shot advantage in the game.
The scoring got started with a goal from Perry Sansford, a senior physical education major from Colchester, England. He grabbed his sixth goal of the season off of a block from a free kick by Steven Johnson who was credited with the assist.
The goal came in the 68th minute to give the Drovers a 1-0 lead and the game winner for the Drovers.
The second goal of the game came off an unassisted one-on-one battle from Nicolas Alberto who took the team lead in goals with 10 on the year. This goal gave him 34 on his career, only one away from tying fourth place in Drover record books.
USAO will broadcast the SAC Semi-Finals match against Northwood on USAO's Athletic website. The game will be free to viewers with no audio on the game.