CHICKASHA – Four men’s soccer players from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were named All-Southwest Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Goalkeeper Bryan Byars, defender Scott Parkinson, midfielder Kalokwera Okot and forward Nicolas Alberto earned the honor. USAO was the only school with a player in each of the positions among all the regions.
The NSCAA breaks the country down into eight different regions: East, Mideast, Midwest, Plains, South, Southwest, West and Independent. The association was founded in 1941 and is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
As USAO’s starting goalkeeper three years in a row, Byars already has broken school career goalkeeper records for wins and shutout.
For his career, he has a record of 46-11-4 with 31 total shutouts, ten of which he earned this season. He remains second in school history in career goals against average at 0.70. He also has 182 saves, putting him third in school history.
This season, he helped the Drovers to 15 wins, including the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship. He ranks No. 12 in the NAIA in goals against per game (0.78).
Byars has been named All-Conference First Team all three years at USAO, claiming the SAC Goalkeeper of the Year honor in 2012. Also that year, he was named an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention.
He is a physical education and business junior from Oklahoma City and the son of Danny and Pauline Byars.
Parkinson has been the anchor to the Drovers’ defensive line in his four years with the program, earning national and regional honors every year.
Despite being a defender, Parkinson claims a total of 16 goals — five of which were game-winners — and four assists for his career. He scored a quarter of those goals this season.
Parkinson has been a decorated player in his four years. This season, he earned NAIA Champion of Character and All-Conference First Team in addition to the NSCAA All-Region award.
Last year, he was an All-America First Team recipient in the NAIA and NSCAA, as well as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team. He also earned SAC Defensive Player of the Year. He also saw several awards the previous years.
Parkinson graduated with his bachelor’s degree in physical education last week. He is from Liverpool, England, and is the son of James and Susan Parkinson.
As a strong midfield force, Okot earns his first All-Region honors this season.
For his career, Okot has scored eight goals and had seven assists, playing in every game of the last two years and helping the Drovers to three straight NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round appearances.
This season, Okot was named All-Conference First Team as well. He earned All-SAC Second Team honors as a freshman.
Okot is an accounting junior from London, and the son of Jimmy and Ruth Okot.
Scoring several goals a season, Alberto ends his four-year career at USAO with one more award.
This season, he tied with teammate Liam Madden in most goals on the team with 10. For his career, he has 35 goals, which is tied for fourth in school history.
In four years, Alberto has accumulated 21 assists and 10 game-winning goals, which is also fourth in school history.
In November, Alberto took home the SAC Offensive Player of the Year honor. He earned SAC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
He is a business senior from Paris. He is the son of Victor and Valerie Alberto.