UCO Soccer Season Preview

UCO Soccer Season Preview

UCO women’s soccer team takes on Western Missouri on September 25, 2015. (Photo provided by Vista Archives.)

UCO soccer is coming off a good season where they went 7-1-1 at home and 7-2-2 in conference play leading them to having an overall record of 12-5-3 for the 2015 season.

The Bronchos did not make the NCAA division II tournament, which they had before in the 2014 season. So this makes for one of the main goals of this year’s season to make the NCAA division II tournament.

The UCO soccer team is led by experienced head coach Mike Cook. Who has been a part of UCO soccer since the very beginning of the program back in 1998.

Coach Cook knows what it takes to take a team to the national tournament by having 10 tournament appearances under his belt.

One of the key pieces for the Bronchos is forward Katie Killion, who led the team with a total of 10 goals scored in the 2015 season.  She also led the team last season in total assists with 6. The Bronchos will need the continual success from Killion to help this year’s team to make the national tournament.

The Bronchos are returning three goal keepers; Elle Stover, Lexie Bates, and Ally Salls. Stover led all goalies on the team last season in saves with 63 of the total 91 saves from last season.

Stover had an overall record of 8-4 as the teams goalie, while Bates had a record of 3-1. Expect Stover to be the teams starter this year after starting 15 of the 16 games she had played in last season.

Last season the Bronchos also averaged 1.8 goals per game, out scoring their opponents 1.3 goals against them. Last years team also had a total of 29 assists which helped lead them to their 36 goals scored off of 314 shots.

This summer the Bronchos took a seven day trip to the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. The team practiced their skills in exhibition games against other teams to prepare for the season while also doing community outreach.

The Bronchos have a total of 18 games on this years schedule where 9 games are at home and 9 games are on the road. The team starts their season on the road Sept 3. on the road against Southern Nazarene University.

They begin conference play on Sept 16. versus Northeastern State on the road.  The team plays a total of 5 universities from the state of Oklahoma this season. The team’s home opener is on Friday Sept 9. against Texas A&M University Commerce and will end the regular season at Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Missouri on Oct 30.

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