The Drover men continue to make history each year, coming in at the end of the regular season this year undefeated for the first time and taking yet another Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title.
It is also the second time the Drovers (13-0-3, 7-0-1) have ended without suffering a conference loss.
The Drovers, still ranked third in the NAIA, will host eighth-seed Oklahoma City in the first round at noon Friday.
Earlier this season at OCU, the Drovers found themselves down 2-0 when Perry Sansford went on to score a hat trick to give the Drovers a win in overtime. It was the Stars who snapped USAO’s 10-game shutout streak.
The Drovers have the opportunity to host throughout the tournament. If they win, they will play Tuesday afternoon. With one final conference game left to decide middle seeding, it’s unknown who they will face.
The conference championship will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8. The winner of the tournament automatically will receive an invitation to the NAIA National Tournament, but USAO, still sitting at third in the country, it is likely the Drovers will earn a bid regardless.
Women earn second seed, host first round
A win and a tie in the final two games of the season secured the Drovers’ spot at second in the conference going into the conference tournament.
Winning the conference tournament would send the Drovers to the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in school history.
The Drovers will host seventh-seed Lubbock Christian in the first round at 2 p.m. Friday. USAO battled LCU just last week in Lubbock, finishing tied 1-1 after two overtime periods.
Second seed is the highest the Drover women have been going into the conference tournament.
If they win, the Drovers have the opportunity to host the second round as well, which will take place Monday afternoon. They will face the winner of Mid-America Christian at Oklahoma Baptist.
The conference championship will take place on Wednesday with the higher seed hosting. The winner of the tournament will receive an invitation to the NAIA National Tournament.
The Drovers are in a great situation, especially after starting 0-4 on the season. They now sit at 10-6-1 and 5-2-1 in SAC action.