CHICKASHA — Going undefeated with 10 shutouts, the Drover men practically swept the 2012 All-Sooner Athletic Conference selections.
Perry Sansford was named the SAC’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Scott Parkinson earned Defensive Player of the Year and Bryan Byars was named Goalkeeper of the Year.
Coach Jimmy Hampton earned conference Coach of the Year. It is his fourth conference Coach of the Year award and third for the men.
Joining Sansford, Byars and Parkinson on the First Team, Phil Pryor was named an All-Conference First Team defender. Stephen Owusu was named All-Conference Second Team.
“This speaks volumes of the types of players we are trying to attract to USAO,” Hampton said. “All of our kids chosen are deserving and excellent representatives of our university and soccer team.”
With 15 goals on the season, Sansford not only led the 2012 Drovers, but also the Sooner Athletic Conference in goals, so it was no surprise that he was named Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year.
One-third of those goals were game-winners, putting him 10th in the NAIA in game-winning goals. He ranks 30th in the NAIA in total goals.
“Perry Sansford had an excellent year for us and trained very hard in the off season to prepare himself,” Hampton said. “I couldn’t be more pleased in his recognition as MVP and offensive MVP, and his contributions to the success of our team are irreplaceable.”
In two years at USAO, Sansford has had 27 goals, seven assists and 11 game-winners. He is tied for second in the USAO history books in game-winners.
Sansford was named SAC Player of the Week earlier this season.
He is a physical education junior from Colchester, England. He is the son of Perry and Ordelia Sansford.