CHICKASHA – The Drover women fought a tough 90 minutes of ball and despite a last minute goal, fell to the No. 6 team in the country: Baker University.
“I actually thought the women played well,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “We just need to get a bit fitter and understand our roles and we will be fine.”
The Drovers went into the second half trailing 1-0, but gave up back-to-back goals with less than 20 minutes left in the game.
Proving they wouldn’t be shut out in their home opener, freshman Ryah Vyse, of Hertfordshire, England, scored her first career goal — and USAO’s first goal of the season — in the 89th minute of the game. Calli Cooper assisted the play. Baker won 3-1.
Freshman Brooke Worcester, of Oklahoma City, filled in at keeper for Lucy Gardner, who is ill. Worcester, recruited as a defender, had six saves in the game.
Another freshman, Britani Soesbee, of Edmond, led the team in shots with five in the game.
The Drovers start the season 0-1, while Baker University advances to 1-0-1 on the season. USAO travels to Bethel, Tenn., to play Bethel University and Cumberland University next weekend. They return home to play Lyon College at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.