September 11, 2012

USAO soccer shuts out Lyon in both weekend games


The USAO men’s soccer team, which was recently ranked No. 3 in the NAIA, found itself ending another game in a tie after a tough 110-minute battle Saturday at home.

Lyon College beat the Drovers last year in the preseason, but failed to score any goals on sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Byars this time.

“Getting another tie isn’t the best feeling, but it’s not a loss," Byars said. "All the boys are working hard at training to make sure from now on they will win games. And the next few games will be tough, but I think if everyone does their part then we will succeed and get the wins."

The Drovers' offense had plenty of opportunities to finish, but came up short in the end.  USAO had 17 shots on goal compared to only 10 by Lyon College.

The Drovers battled throughout the game and maintained a strong defensive back line. The team is still young with some new starters, and will have some kinks to work out as the season goes on.

USAO will go on the road to play Texas Wesleyan at 4 p.m. today, and is scheduled to play a home game at 3 p.m. Friday against Northwood University.


Women get first win of 2012


The USAO women’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season Saturday against Lyon College.

Senior Erin Coggan scored the first goal of the day, getting the assist from freshman forward Daisy Simms. The goal came before the 10-minute mark, and gave the Drovers the start they needed.

“It felt great to get the first goal. I felt like it really boosted the team’s confidence as a whole,” Coggan said. 

Shortly after, Sophomore Megan Wilkerson found freshman Britani Soesbee to make the score 2-0 before halftime. Soesbee has scored three goals for the Drovers this season. 

Senior All-American Calli Cooper created a scoring opportunity by herself to extend the Drovers' lead to 3-0. 

“It felt really good to get a win on the board,” Cooper said. “I think it will really help boost our confidence as a team.” 

The Drover women will head to Texas tonight to play Texas Wesleyan at 6 p.m. Their next home game is against Northwood University at 5 p.m. Friday.

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