The Crowder Roughriders, coming off their best season in program history (15-4 overall and second place in Region 16), have released their schedule for the 2017 season.

The Crowder Roughriders, coming off their best season in program history (15-4 overall and second place in Region 16), have released their schedule for the 2017 season.
The ‘Riders begin with five scrimmages, three at home and two on the road. Crowder welcomes its alumni on August 5, the Houston Fury FC (a team from the Houston Football Association) on August 8, and NAIA school Evangel on August 12. The ‘Riders take their show on the road for scrimmages August 16 against NAIA Oklahoma Wesleyan and then August 19 against NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist.
Crowder officially opens its season August 24 on the road against Eastern Oklahoma, a 5 p.m. Thursday start in Wilburton, a good 200-mile drive one way.
The ‘Riders open at home August 26 against Rose State (Oklahoma) and then close out the month of August the 29th on the road against Coffeyville (Kansas).
September marks a home, sweet home month for the ‘Riders, as they welcome six opponents overall to Roughrider Soccer Field. The month starts off with a flurry of four straight home matches — Region 16 opener St. Charles on September 2, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on September 5, East Central on September 8, and Neosho County (Kansas) on September 12.
The ‘Riders then make a long sojourn to the St. Louis for a Saturday, September 16 match against the Archers of St. Louis, who gave Crowder half of its four losses last season, including Crowder’s last one in the Region 16 title match.
Crowder then alternates home and road the rest of the month: Cowley at home September 19, State Fair on the road September 23, Jefferson at home September 26, and MCC-Blue River on the road September 30.
After being at home so much in the penultimate month of the season, Crowder will be Willie Nelson — except for one date — during October.
The ‘Riders travel to Springfield to face the Drury JV on October 3 and then close out the regular season October 11 against MCC-Maple Woods and October 14 against Allen County (Kansas). Crowder’s only home date in October will be October 8 against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.
In the offseason, head coach Brad Smith and assistant Gary Worth have been hitting the recruiting trail very hard — and have seemingly searched the globe to come up with a diverse and deep class.
Their multi-faceted signees include German outside back-midfielder Jakob Streamer, Fayetteville (Arkansas) center back Tyrique Lake, Houston (Texas) left-side midfielder Braulio Campos, Spanish striker Dani Perez, Brazilian midfielder Humberto Corderio, Brazilian forward Gabriel Reis, Brazilian center back Lucas Melli, Brazilian midfielder-forward Winder Pessoa Guimares, French forward Quentin Deyingo, British striker Tobias Sylvester, British right-side player Casey Faulkner, and Australian midfielder Lex Hooijdonk.
The ‘Riders finished last season ranked in the top 20 in NJCAA Division I.

2017 SCHEDULE
Aug. 5 — Alumni Scrimmage, 2 p.m.
Aug. 8 — Houston Fury FC Scrimmage, 4 p.m.
Aug. 12 — Evangel Scrimmage, 2 p.m.
Aug. 16 — at Oklahoma Wesleyan Scrimmage, 6 p.m.
Aug. 19 — at Southwest Baptist Scrimmage, 2 p.m.
Aug. 24 — at Eastern Oklahoma, 5 p.m.
Aug. 26 — vs. Rose State, 2 p.m.
Aug. 29 — at Coffeyville, 6 p.m.
Sept. 2 — vs. St. Charles, 2 p.m.
Sept. 5 — vs. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 4 p.m.
Sept. 8 — vs. East Central, 4 p.m.
Sept. 12 — vs. Neosho County, 2 p.m.
Sept. 16 — at St. Louis, 4 p.m.
Sept. 19 — vs. Cowley, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 — at State Fair, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 — vs. Jefferson, 4 p.m.
Sept. 30 — at MCC-Blue River, 2 p.m.
Oct. 3 — at Drury JV, 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 — vs. Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 — at MCC-Maple Woods, 2 p.m.
Oct. 14 — at Allen County, 3 p.m.