CHICKASHA – It may have taken 108 minutes, but the Drover men upset No. 2 Baker University in the NAIA Game of the Week.
In the season opener, the Drovers, ranked seventh in the country, battled Baker in one of the team’s toughest games set for the season. During the 17-minute mark, Perry Sansford, a junior from Colchester, England, knocked in the Drovers’ first goal off an assist by Sean McLaughlan.
Leading Baker at half, the Drovers continued to fight but gave up a goal with 20 minutes left in regulation. The game was forced into overtime.
While the Drovers got some great opportunities for a shot in overtime, they struggled to net the ball. It took almost two entire overtime periods for the final goal. Nicolas Alberto, a junior from Paris, got a break out and scored off an assist by freshman Niall Burley. USAO won 2-1.
“The men were good in spells. They showed some grit, and I was proud of their ability to hang in there until the end,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s a great start.”
Sophomore Bryan Byars, USAO’s returning keeper, had three saves and earned a win. The Drovers outshot Baker 18-12.
The Drovers (1-0) head to Bethel, Tenn., to play Hastings College and Midland University at a neutral site. They return home on Sept. 7 as they take on Lyon College at 5 p.m.