CHICKASHA – Helping the Drovers in 10 of their 11 shutouts this season and scoring six total goals on the season, sophomore Scott Parkinson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive MVP for the 2011 season.
Along with helping hold the back line all season, Parkinson is tied as the team’s third leading scorer this season. He scored the game-winning goal early in the season in a 3-0 win over Texas Wesleyan.
“It’s really good. It’s flattering,” Parkinson said. “For me, it’s more of an award for the program itself, not a personal one.”
In addition to the Defensive MVP honor, Parkinson was named All-Conference First Team, along with three other USAO teammates. The Drovers also had an All-Conference Second Team honoree.
“I’m proud of the players who were honored on the All-Conference team,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “It’s an achievement for the entire team and program. These student athletes have represented themselves and USAO with great character.”
On Oct. 24, Parkinson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. In 2010, he was named All-Conference Second Team.
Parkinson is physical education sophomore from Huyton, England. He is the son of James and Susan Parkinson.
Coming in as a redshirt freshman, Byars has been the Drovers’ starting goalkeeper in 2011, earning a record of 15-4 on the season with nine shutouts. He was named All-Conference First Team.
Byars has recorded 45 saves to his just 12 goals allowed in the 1,665 minutes he’s played. He ranks sixth in the division and first in the conference in goals against per game (0.65).
Currently, Byars sits tied for first in school history in single season shutouts and tied for second in wins and goals against average.
Before coming to USAO this year, Byars spent a season redshirting at Midwestern State.
He is a physical education and business freshman from Oklahoma City. He is the son of Danny and Pauline Byars.
In his final season at USAO, team captain Gardner was named All-Conference First Team.
Gardner has played in all 20 games for the Drovers, helping hold the back line to give the Drovers 11 shutouts this season.
He scored his lone goal to tie the game against conference-foe Wayland Baptist and send it into overtime. The Drovers ended up defeating the Pioneers in double overtime.
Spending most of his time in the defense, Gardner has scored a total of seven goals and had seven assists in fours season at USAO.
On Oct. 17, Gardner was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week. He was named All-Conference First Team in 2008 and Second Team in 2010. Additionally, he was named an NAIA All-American in 2008 and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2010.
Gardner is a business and physical education senior from Liverpool, England. He is the son of John and Joan Gardner.
As one of USAO’s top midfielders, Niall Crick was named All-Conference First Team.
Crick has scored five goals and had 10 assists so far this season. One goal and two of the assists came in the SAC Tournament Championship game against Lubbock Christian, which the Drovers won 4-0.
Currently, Crick is 23rd in the division and second in the conference in total assists. He’s also second in the conference in assists per game and seventh in total points.
For his career, he has 22 goals and 11 assists. His assist count puts him third in school history in career assists.
Last week, Crick was named a Capitol One Academic All-District athlete. In 2010, he was named All-Conference First Team and an NAIA All-American. He also was named a 2010 NAIA Champion of Character. The previous year, Crick was named All-Conference Second Team.
Crick is a communication senior from Leith, Scotland. He is the son of Stephen Coulson and Sylvia Crick.
Coming in and playing his first season for the Drovers, Okot was named All-Conference Second Team.
Okot has started in 14 of the 15 games he’s played in. He scored his lone goal in a 5-0 win over Rogers State. In that game, Okot also had one of his three assists.
He also had assists on the game-winners against John Brown and Lubbock Christian in the regular season.
Before coming to USAO, Okot played two seasons at Borehamwood College in London.
He is a business freshman from London. He is the son of Ruth Abe.