The Drover women’s soccer team returns home from playing two road games against East Central University and Tabor College last weekend.
The University of Science and Arts women fought hard against the East Central Tigers, starting the game with an early goal by Brittany Jay at the 2:51 minute marker, who was assisted by Calli Cooper off of a cross from the right wing. Unfortunately for the Drovers, the Tigers then scored the next couple of goals in the game. At 29:54, ECU Tiger Whitney Watts scored off an assist from Sarah Duvall and at 43:56, ECU Tiger Jordan Wozniak scored off another assist by Sarah Duvall. The Drover women went into the half down one goal with a score of 1-2. Coming into the second half, the Tigers scored an early goal at the 48:24 minute marker by Whitney Watts, to push the score to 1-3. After the Drover women realized they needed to pick it up, Taylor Fain scored the next goal off an assist from Samantha Dehart, at the 55:33 minute mark to push the score back to a one point game of 2-3. After a few shots and blocks later, the ECU Tigers Jordan Wozniak scored off an assist from Sydney Kromer at the 80:48 minute marker. Just when the East Central Tigers thought they had won the game, Calli Cooper answered back with a goal assisted by Brittany Jay at the 84:24 minute mark, pushing the score to 3-4. Calli Cooper’s late goal shook the Tigers. However, time soon expired and the Drover women lost the game with a final score of 3-4. On Saturday, the Drover women were scheduled to play the Tabor College Bluejays. Fresh from a loss, the Drover women were waiting up all night with anticipation to avenge their loss through the Bluejays and unfortunately for the Bluejays, that is exactly what the Drover women did. The Drover women shot 33 times vs. the Bluejays five shots and of the Drovers 33 shots, 20 of them where on goal. Calli Cooper started the game off by scoring a penalty kick at the 21:55 minute mark, which was followed by Gabby Martinez goal at the 28:21 minute marker which was assisted by Calli Cooper. Brittany Jay had 2 goals and 2 assist on the game, assisting Samantha Dehart and Taylor Fain in the early minutes of the second half and scoring the last two goals for the Drover women late in the game. The Drover women won with a final score of 6-2 and their record is now 6-2. The Drover women advance to No. 2 in the regional ranking are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 against No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Christian for their first conference game. Then on Oct. 2, the Drovers will kick off against Mid-America Christian at 1 p.m. at Drover Pitch for their second conference game of the season.