For the second year in a row, Parkinson has been honored as the leading defender in the tough conference.
In addition to being a driving force defensively, Hampton describes Parkinson as one of the team’s leaders.
“Scott Parkinson is our emotional leader and the guy who drives us. His passion and ability to organize the defense and own the air are second to none,” Hampton said. “We are proud that he has been recognized for this defensive MVP award as he works tirelessly for the good of our program on and off the field.”
Parkinson scored USAO’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against Oklahoma City in the SAC Tournament and helped out with an assist earlier this season.
But more importantly for the Drovers, Parkinson anchored the back line that allowed just nine goals all season and earned 10 shutouts.
In 2011, he was named an NAIA All-America Third Team recipient and SAC Defensive MVP. As a freshman, he was named All-Conference Second Team.
He is a physical education junior from Liverpool, England, and the son of James and Susan Parkinson.
Bryan ByarsAlready seeing placement in the USAO record books and topping the NAIA as a sophomore, Byars was the clear choice for SAC Goalkeeper of the Year.
He leads the NAIA in goals against average (0.500), having allowed just nine goals in 17 games. He leads the conference in shutouts with 10 on the season.
“I believe Bryan Byars is the top goalkeeper in the country and his work rate and coachability are second to none,” Hampton said. “He is very deserving of this award, and we look forward to his continued growth over the next two years. We are blessed to have such an outstanding goalkeeper and young man representing USAO.”
With a strong back line, Byars had 42 saves on the season and 109 in his career, which is fifth in the career records for the school.