CHICKASHA – A strong defensive battle and a late goal forces the Drovers fall in their season opener in double overtime.
The Drovers (0-1) fought a tough match against the University of Houston-Victoria (2-0) and kept the Jaguars in check defensively for most of the game.
USAO came in to the second half with a 2-1 lead, but for the remainder of the game, the Jaguars shut down the Drovers and outshot them 15-6.
The winning goal was scored in the 102nd minute of the second overtime by UHV’s Sheilat Akapo, who also knocked in the equalizer in regulation.
The Drovers two goals were in large part because of the play of junior newcomer Jade Ovendale, who was the leading shooter for the Drovers.
In the span of five minutes, the Drovers scored both their goals to take a 2-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game. Both goals had a contribution from Ovendale who scored the first Drover goal and had eight shots.
The second goal came from Priscilla Mensah, sophomore from Kumasi, Ghana, who kicked the ball back in after a miss from Ovendale’s shot in goal.
The Drovers had strong play from goalkeeper Addie Lee, junior from Tulsa, who saved nine shots from going into the Drovers goal.
The Drovers will play at Our Lady of the Lake at 1 p.m. Sept. 1 in San Antonio.