CHICKASHA – After two stellar runs in the Sooner Athletic Conference and national tournament appearances on both the women’s and men’s side, three USAO soccer players were named NAIA All-Americans this week.
Earning All-America Third Team honors were mid-fielder Niall Crick and defender Scott Parkinson. Calli Cooper earned All-America Honorable Mention.
Crick and Parkinson are two of only three Sooner Athletic Conference players — and the only two in the state — to earn All-American honors. Cooper is one of three conference players to be named All-American.
Niall Crick, a senior midfielder, scored six goals and had 12 assists this season, helping the Drovers in their repeat NAIA Quarterfinal appearance.
With 23 goals and 43 assists on his career, Crick comes in second in school history in assists and fifth in total points.
This is the second year in a row Crick has been named All-America Third Team.
Earlier this season, Crick was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, a Capitol One Academic All-District athlete and All-Conference First Team.
He was also a 2010 NAIA Champion of Character and received All-Conference accolades in 2009 and 2010.
He is from Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the son of Stephen Coulson and Sylvia Crick.
Sophomore Scott Parkinson has helped hold the back line in 11 of the Drovers 12 shutouts on the season and has served as an unofficial team leader throughout his two years at USAO.
Not only has Parkinson been a strong defensive player, but he is also the team’s third leading scorer this season with seven total goals.
He scored the game-winning goal early in the season in a 3-0 win over Texas Wesleyan and another in the NAIA National Tournament Second Round to help send the Drovers to the Quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
Parkinson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive MVP and All-Conference First Team this season.
On Oct. 24, Parkinson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Drovers to two shutouts and scoring two goals in a conference game.
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 the women’s team’s leading scorer for the third year in a row, junior Calli Cooper was named All-America Honorable Mention.
Cooper had 23 goals on the season. As a junior, Cooper now tops USAO’s history in most career goals by 12. Additionally, she had six multiple-goal games and 10 game-winning goals this season.
She’s first in the division in game-winning goals, seventh in shots on goal (5.76), eighth in goals per game (1.1) and ninth in total goals.
Cooper leads the school record books in career goals (65), points (158), game-winning goals (17), multiple goal games (19) and hat tricks (5). She’s second to teammate Taylor Fain in career assists with 28.
Earlier this season, Cooper was name All-Conference First Team. She also was named a SAC Player of the Week in October after scoring five goals in a shutout of Saint Gregory’s.
In 2009, she was named SAC Newcomer of the Year, an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and a National Soccer Coaches Association of American All-American Third Team.
She is an education junior from Norman. She is the daughter of Len and Traci Cooper.