Clarksville, Ark.-Six University of the Ozarks men's soccer players were honored by the American Southwest Conference office, it was announced on Tuesday after a vote of the league's 14 head coaches.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Sarber, senior defender Dan De Hart and junior midfielder Shaun Renfro earned spots on the All-ASC First Team. Junior defender Jason Owens and freshman forward Guido Salas were named to the All-ASC Third Team. Junior defender Aaron Brueckner was named Honorable Mention All-ASC.
For the fourth straight season, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Sarber earned a spot on the All-Conference Team. He finished second in the ASC in goals against average (0.77), saves percentage (.866), shutouts (8), and was fifth in saves (110). The Allen, Texas, product started in all 21 matches and played 1977 minutes in goal. Five of his shutouts were against conference opponents and he did not give up more than two goals in a match the entire season. He had a season-high 14 saves against UT-Dallas. He ranked in the top-50 in both goals against average and saves percentage among NCAA III institutions. A four-year starter, he owns the conference career record in lowest goals against average (0.80). His single-season school records include lowest goals against average (0.67), and he posted the second-most number of shutouts (8). His career records at Ozarks include most saves (375), highest saves percentage (.862), lowest goals against average (0.80), and he has the second-most shutouts (25) and second-most wins (49).
Sarber was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District Team last week and was ASC Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season. He was named to the ASC All-Tournament this season.
De Hart, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound native of Rocklin, Calif., started in all 21 matches and helped the Eagles to an ASC-best 0.77 goals against average. De Hart scored two goals while contributing an assist in his senior campaign. He earned ASC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season and earned a spot on the 2008 ASC All-Tournament Team. He finishes his career as the program leader in most games played (84) and most games started (82). He was an All-ASC First Team pick last season and was a four-year starter.
Renfro, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound native of Carrollton, Texas, ranked eighth in the ASC in points (19) and fifth in assists (7). Renfro led the league in assists per game (.47). He was among the team leaders in points, assists, shots (32) and goals (6). A starter in 15 matches, Renfro had a pair of two-goal performances during the season. He had 6 points in one match. He ends the season ranked eighth at Ozarks in career points (48) and career game-winning goals (5) and fourth in career assists (20).
Owens, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound native of Tulsa, Okla., earned All-Conference honors for the second straight season. Owens started in all 21 matches, helping the Eagles tie for second in the ASC in fewest goals allowed (17). Owens was named the ASC Defensive Player of the Week the first week of the season. He had a goal and an assist during the year.
Salas, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound native of Houston, Texas, ranked among the ASC’s top-10 in points (22), goals (7), assists (8) and game-winning goals (3). Salas finished second on the team in points, goals, assists and shots (47). His 3 game-winning goals tied him for the team lead. Salas earned ASC Player of the Week honors in mid-October after totaling eight points and recording a hit trick.
Brueckner, a 6-foot, 175-pound Allen, Texas, product started in 20 matches and helped Ozarks to 8 shutouts, second-most in the ASC. Brueckner also scored one game-winning goal and had an assist during the year.
The Eagles (14-3-4, 8-3-2) made the playoffs for the ninth straight season and had their ninth straight winning season under head coach Dave De Hart.