Bartlesville, Okla. — The Oklahoma Wesleyan men’s soccer program has announced the signing of a “special talent” and the son of the University’s president, Cobi Piper.
Eagles head coach Jamie Peterson confirmed the capture of the young goalkeeper from Wright Christian Academy.
Piper, who is familiar with the OKWU program, having worked with goalkeeper coach Vladin Glavonovich during special sessions in the past, is a native of Bartlesville, Okla.
He had a 0.8 goals against average last season and Peterson believes he will be a very good addition to the program.
“We are excited to land Cobi,” Peterson said on Thursday.
“Cobi was being recruited by some Division II Universities and we feel that we are lucky to get him.
“His athletism and drive to learn will help him succeed at OKWU.
Goalkeeping coach Glavonovich was also delighted with the signing of Piper, stating that although he’s still young, “he has the ability to be a very good goalkeeper for us when he gets his chance.”
Oklahoma Wesleyan finished the season with 19-1-1 overall record and 6-0 in conference.
The Eagles, which at one point were the No. 3 ranked NAIA team in the nation, finished the season No. 1 at Total Assists, Assists per Game, Shots per Game and Total Shutouts.
OKWU progressed to the NAIA national tournament and hosted the first round game here in Bartlesville.
However, Peterson’s team was knocked out in the first round by former champions Hastings.