Local Talent Helping Hillcats Reach New Heights – Presented by Rogers State University

A group of men’s soccer players from Northeast Oklahoma have helped the Rogers State Men’s Soccer team climb to new heights in 2019, including the school’s highest national ranking in school history.

The Hillcats are off to their best start in program history, recording three big victories in the first two weeks of the season. At the time of printing, the men’s soccer program at Rogers State was ranked No. 15 in the nation after failing to be included in the preseason poll. The Hillcats also earned their first-ever No. 1 ranking in the regional poll, surpassing national power Fort Hays State and strong regional programs Northeastern State and Newman.

Senior Chris Sowder, of Broken Arrow, and junior Jesus Ramirez, of Catoosa, have continued to play huge starting roles for the Hillcats, chipping in with assists and playing all over the field for Derek Larkin’s team. Sowder is coming off an all-region performing season and has 13 career goals. Ramirez has played nearly every minute over the last two seasons on the wing and in defense.

Several Tulsa-area Hillcats joined the team in 2019 and have made an immediate impact as well. Austin Wormell, who transferred to Rogers State from Oregon State, has flourished since his return close to home. The Tulsa native and Bishop Kelley product has started in goal for the Hillcats and was recently named the Great American Conference Goalkeeper of the Week.

Three freshmen have also immediately stepped into big roles for the Hillcats. Sebastian Hernandez, who came to RSU from Broken Arrow, has started all four games. Booker T Washington product Grant King recently made a big splash, scoring his first goal for the Hillcats, which proved to be a game winner over Colorado State-Pueblo. Tulsa native and Webster High product Manuel Camarena has also come in and started for the Hillcats multiple times on the back line.

The Hillcats are set to begin a new era this year, joining the Great American Conference. To follow along with the men’s soccer team’s progress and all of Rogers State Athletics, be sure to check out more at RSUHillcats.com