CHICKASHA – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Bryan Byars has been named the NAIA Men's Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.
Byars recorded two Sooner Athletic Conference shutouts for the week of Oct. 7-13. He was selected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping award winners.
“Congratulations to Bryan, the USAO men’s team and Goalkeeper Coach Alexis Vizarelis,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “It is a testament to the hard work Byars puts in and a reflection on the team working hard defensively as a group.”
For the week, the Drovers battled to a 3-0 win over John Brown and a 1-0 overtime victory against Saint Gregory’s with Byars (6-4) in net.
The two shutouts, in which Byars recorded five saves, brought the Drovers to a tie for third in the SAC with a 3-1 record in conference and brought the goaltender’s career shutout total to 25 — a program record.
Byars currently ranks among the NAIA leaders in goals against per game (34th, .98).
In total, he has 35 saves this season and 149 in his career.
It is Byars’ first National Player of the Week honors. He was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
He is a physical education and business junior from Oklahoma City. He is the son of Danny and Pauline Byars.