CHICKASHA – A hat trick by midfielder Liam Madden secured the 4-1 victory for the No. 18 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in a Saturday afternoon game against McPherson College.
The Drovers (3-2) got on the board quickly, scoring just three minutes after kick off. Jean Gnapi found Perry Sansford, who knocked one in past Bulldog goalkeeper Taylor Parrott.
Both teams had shots in the first half, but both had trouble finding the goal. With just 20 seconds left before halftime, the Bulldogs scored the equalizer.
But the second half was a USAO show. The Drovers outshot the Bulldogs 18-6 in the half, and Madden knocked in three goals, first off an assist by Sansford.
Just two minutes later, Madden scored off a pass by Alwin Komolong. Madden’s final goal came on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left.
For the game, USAO outshot McPherson College 30-12.
USAO’s Bryan Byars (3-2) had four saves in the game.
The win was Coach Jimmy Hampton’s 198th as head coach for the men. He has been with the Drover program since its inception in 1998.
The USAO women defeated the Bulldogs just hours before, grabbing a 4-1 win of their own. For more information on their game, see their story.
The Drovers turn around to play their next home game the next day Sunday afternoon. They will take on Bethel (Tenn.) in a game set to begin at 2 p.m.
Sunday’s game will be nationally broadcasted by Tourbeau Sports Group. USAO is asking all fans to come out to the game to support the Drovers live.