November 15, 2012

Drovers to host national tourney for the first time

CHICKASHA — The Drovers have the opportunity to host the Opening Round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Tournament, taking on Grand View Vikings at 7 p.m. Saturday on Hampton Field at Chickasha High School.

“I am excited for USAO to get to host. We are hoping to see 1,500 Drover fans out at the game,” said USAO Coach Jimmy Hampton, who is also the namesake of the CHS soccer field. “I appreciate the support of Chickasha schools to let us use their facilities and am extremely excited for Chickasha, as there is no better place in Oklahoma!”

While this is the fourth National Tournament appearance in a row for the Drovers, it is the first time USAO will host the opening round or any national sporting event.

Due to NAIA requirements, the game will be played at Chickasha High School. Tickets for adults will be $4, and students can enter for the discounted price of $3. USAO and CHS students with ID will get in for $2.

The Drovers (13-0-4) enter the tournament fifth seed. Grand View (9-7-2) is playing in their eighth tournament appearance.

“They are a great team. They lost on the road to No. 1 Lindsey Wilson 2-1,” Hampton said of their opponents.

If the Drovers win, they will advance to the National Championship Final Site Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Montgomery, Ala. The last two years, the Drovers made it all the way to the NAIA Quarterfinals.

USAO is one of three schools in Oklahoma to play in the national tournament this year.

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