The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma was the unanimous pick of the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s soccer coaches to win the 2012 conference title.
In the poll, in which coaches were not allowed to rank their own team, USAO received the maximum eight first place votes and had 64 points in the poll. The Drovers have won two of the last three league titles and captured the 2011 crown by seven points.
“We are very honored that our team is picked to finish so high in a conference as tough and loaded with quality programs and coaches as the SAC,” said USAO Coach Jimmy Hampton. “It will be very tough to win the SAC and we just hope to compete well. We will continue to work and get better daily and bring along our young players, while counting on the returning veterans to help us get through a very tough schedule this year. We know the end of the season rankings are the most important and we will strive to put ourselves in a position to compete for the SAC title. We look forward to a great year of competition.”
Oklahoma City is ranked second in the poll with 52 points. Oklahoma Baptist had the remaining first-place vote and is ranked third at 48.
Lubbock Christian edged out John Brown for fourth place with 40 points to JBU’s 39. Rogers State is sixth at 34 and Wayland Baptist is seventh at 21. Mid-America Christian and St. Gregory’s finished in an eighth-place tie with 13 points apiece.
USAO women ranked 2nd
Oklahoma City is picked to successfully defend its Sooner Athletic Conference women’s soccer title, according to the SAC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll released Friday.
OCU, which has won the last two regular season crowns, received seven of nine first-place votes and finished with 63 points.
“Everything is based upon what occurred last year,” said OCU Coach Brian Harvey. “Hopefully we’ll be able to live up to last year’s standards. We will hope to steer clear of injuries to key players to have another successful campaign for the Stars.”
The Drovers of USAO got the remaining two first-place votes for 58 points.
Oklahoma Baptist was third with 45 points, followed by John Brown with 40 and Rogers State with 37. Mid-America Christian is sixth in the poll with 34 points, Lubbock Christian is seventh at 24, Wayland Baptist eighth at 14 and St. Gregory’s is ranked ninth with nine points.