15TH-RANKED USAO DROVERS MEN’S SOCCER WINS 1ST-EVER 2ND ROUND MATCH

Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are very familiar with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers men’s soccer team. Players like goalkeeper “Force Field” McEntee, “NC Hammer”, “Niiiiiikolaaaaa” and “Dr Drover” have made the past few seasons very special for USAO soccer. Coach Hampton’s team has made history again, defeating the Great Falls Argonauts for the Drovers’ 1st ever 2nd round victory. Here’s the latest from the Alabama tournament, courtesy of Chad Waller.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (box score) No. 15-seed Science & Arts (Okla.) won its first-ever Second Round match by a 4-3, overtime score against Great Falls (Mont.) today in the second game of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site from the Orange Beach Sportsplex. In just their second National Championship trip, the Drovers held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before winning it in the 96th minute. Science & Arts will now play in the Quarterfinals against the winner of No. 7 William Jewell (Mo.) and Oklahoma Baptist on Wednesday at 5 p.m. CST.

Great Falls wraps up its season with a 16-4-1 overall record. The Argonauts competed in their first-ever National Championship and set a school-record for wins in their fourth-season of existence.

Science & Arts took control early with back-to-back goals in the first half. Senior Daniel Gibson posted an unassisted goal in the 27th minute before freshman Breno Figueiredo’s second goal of the season in the 41st minute. Trailing 2-0, the Great Falls offense got busy in a hurry.

 In a span of six minutes early in the second half, the Argos tied up the count thanks to goals from junior Ryan O’Neil and sophomore Christian Johansen.

 After a penalty was whistled in the box against Great Falls in the 80th minute, Science & Arts senior David Otieno posted a goal for his seventh marker of the year. However, just seven minutes later, Great Falls’ junior Pedro Chavez tied up the score at 3-3 on a free kick.

 In the extra session, Gibson netted the game-winner and his second of the match in the 95th minute. It was his fourth game-winner of the season.

 Ryan Mcentee improved to 14-3 on the season in goal for Science & Arts. Zach Johnson fell to 10-3-1 for the Argos.

 Hosted by the Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission and the University of Mobile (Ala.), the Championship continues with the third match between No. 3 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 14 Bryan (Tenn.) at 5 p.m. CST.

For more information on the National Championship, click here.

NOTES: In its second National Championship, Science & Arts improves to 2-1 all-time… With four goals scored, the Argonauts have reached that goal total in nine of 20 matches this season… Great Falls is now 1-1 in the National Championship after a 1-0 Opening Round win against Simon Fraser (B.C.) on Nov. 20… The seven goals combined are the most in a National Championship match since 2008, which was a 7-0 win for Mobile (Ala.) against Dana (Neb.)… The overtime match marks the fifth of the 2010 National Championship, including the Opening Round.

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