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January 4, 2013

Parkinson earns fourth national award

— Already a double All-America First Team player, junior Scott Parkinson can add a second national scholar-athlete award to his trophy case.

Parkinson, a junior defender for the Drovers, recently was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2012 Scholar All-America First Team recipient for his performances in the classroom and on the field.

Earlier in December, Parkinson was named a NSCAA All-America First Team for his athletic contribution specifically. He is the only athlete to be named First Team on both NSCAA lists.

Additionally, Parkinson has been named an NAIA All-America First Team recipient, a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-SAC First Team.

Parkinson, a physical education major, maintains a 3.56 grade point average while anchoring the back line for the Drovers. The line allowed just 11 goals all season and earned 11 shutouts.

While Parkinson plays defense, he scored USAO’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against Oklahoma City in the SAC Tournament and helped out with two assists this season, including one on the game-winning goal in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round, which the Drovers went on to win 2-0.

As a team, the Drovers recorded just one loss, which was in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Second Round.

In addition to being a leader both on the field and in the classroom, Parkinson double-duties as the head boys’ soccer coach and assistant girls’ soccer coach at Chickasha High School.

Parkinson also was named an NSCAA All-American Third Team in 2011. Also that year, he was named NAIA All-America Third Team, SAC Defensive MVP, and he earned All-Conference Second Team honors as a freshman.

He is from Liverpool, England, and is the son of James and Susan Parkinson.

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