CHICKASHA – Much like 2012, the Drover women have gotten off to a rough start, but also like last season, the Drovers know they’re more talented than their record indicates. No one should write USAO off just yet, said junior Jade Ovendale.
“It started off a little shaky. It’s been a tough start to the season, but every game we’ve been improving,” she said. “I feel like when we get to the conference, we will get some more wins … if the team just sticks together, we will get there.”
Ovendale said that improving the team chemistry is key to the Drovers success this season.
“We are slowing getting together. The more we train, the more we play, the closer we will get as a team,” she said. “As it’s been a tough start, we’ve all gradually gotten closer so we don’t fall down as a team.”
Ovendale leads the team in goals, knocking in an average of one a game. She has six goals and three assists on the season. Her secret, she said, is just always striving to improve in any way she can.
“You’ve just got to work hard in every game and training,” she said. “Better never stops, really. So you’ve got to make sure you’re doing the things you’re not very good at each day, and then you try to perfect the things you’re decent at.”