CHICKASHA – With five second-half goals against Oklahoma Baptist, the Drovers grabbed another conference win and remain one of the only undefeated teams left in the NAIA.
The Drovers, ranked third in the country, are 12-0-2 and 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Taking on OBU, both teams failed to find the net for the first 65 minutes of the game. The first half battle left the Drovers outshooting the Bison 10-4. With a 0-0 score at half, the game looked to be a low scoring one.
But then, 20 minutes into the second half, everything got started. In seven minutes of play, five goals were netted. The final two came within 20 minutes of the first.
First, USAO’s Stephen Owusu scored off a perfectly-placed cross by freshman Niall Burley. Burley followed that up with a goal just three minutes later.
Up 2-0, junior Perry Sansford scored off an assist by Ebenezer Amoah just two minutes later.
Just a minute after that, OBU’s Tito Silva slid one past Drover keeper Bryan Byars. Nearly two minutes later, a foul in the box gave Burley a penalty kick and subsequent goal.
Now leading 4-1, the Drovers gave up a second goal five minutes later. But with just five minutes left in the game, Amoah scored his first USAO goal off an assist by Burley.
Overall, the Drovers outshot OBU 24-7. Byars had three saves in the game and earned his 19th career win.
Byars leads the country in goals against average, which sits at 0.41 after Tuesday’s games. In second place is former USAO keeper and current Oklahoma Wesleyan goalie Ryan Mcentee, whose average is 0.56.
Tuesday was USAO’s last regular season home game. The Drovers travel to Lubbock Christian and Wayland Baptist next week. The conference tournament will take place beginning Nov. 3, with the higher seed hosting.
Still undefeated, the men have guaranteed hosting the first round, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Check USAO’s sports website for details on seeding and the rest of the schedule as the tournament grows nearer.
It was Senior Day at Drover Pitch and USAO honored its lone Drover senior, Kris Andrews.
Additionally, USAO’s Drovers Against Cancer is raffling off a pink jersey signed by all the players. Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket or $5 for six. To join the raffle, call Dr. Jeannette Loutsch at (405) 574-1325.