Clarksville, Ark.-Seven University of the Ozarks men's soccer players were recognized by the American Southwest Conference with the announcement of the All-Conference teams following a vote of the league's 14 head coaches.
<#IMAGE:2#>Senior midfielder Ryan Skelly and sophomore goalkeeper Brian Sarber were named to the All-ASC first team. Senior forward Jared Gordon earned a spot on the All-ASC second team. Junior defender Nate Abbott and freshman midfielder Brandon Cain were named to the All-ASC third team. Junior defender Jared Thompson and freshman midfielder Brandon VanCleave were named All-ASC honorable mention. Skelly, a 5-7, 145-pound native of Plano, Texas, finished tenth in the ASC in points (22) and fourth in assists (8). Skelly started in all 21 matches for Ozarks and ended the season ranked second on the team in goals (7), shots (52) and points. His 8 assists were a team best. Skelly had the game-winning goal against LeTourneau. He earned All-ASC third team honors last season. He finishes his career at Ozarks ranked fifth in goals (27), assists (19), and shots (188) and sixth in points (73) . <#IMAGE:1#>Sarber, a 6-5, 230-pound native of Allen, Texas, led the ASC in goals against average (1.00) and saves percentage (.833). He ranked third in shutouts (4). He had 75 saves, seventh-best in the league, and had a season-high 9 saves against Harding. He completed the year with a 9-6-1 record. With ten career shutouts, he moves into second-place on Ozarks’ all-time goalie shutout list. He twice earned the ASC Defensive Player of the Week award this season. He earned All-ASC second team honors a year ago. Gordon, a 6-0, 165-pound native of Plano, Texas, finished second in the league in goals (16) and points (38). He led the ASC in game-winning goals (6) and was third in shots (76) and tenth in assists (6). He was the team leader in all of the aforementioned offensive categories. He had one three-goal effort, and three two-goal efforts during the season, with a seven-point output against Concordia-Austin. Gordon’s 38 points and 16 goals are third-best at Ozarks in a single-season. He ranks fourth at Ozarks in career points (86), goals (35) and shots (194). Gordon earned the ASC Offensive Player of the Week in October. Nate Abbott, a 5-8, 155-pound native of Pryor, Okla., started in all 21 matches for the Eagles. Abbott anchored a defense that recorded a conference-best 9 shutouts. He was also part of a defense that allowed just 19 goals, third-best in the ASC, and finished with a 0.90 goals against average, second-best in the league. Cain, a 6-0, 170-pound native of San Angelo, Texas, finished third on the team in goals (4), points (12) and shots (47). He scored a goal and had an assist to open the season against Menlo College. Thompson, a 6-4, 170-pound native of Jenks, Okla., started in 17 matches, helping the team tie a school record for fewest goals allowed in a season (19). Thompson was part of a defense that shutout five of their 13 conference opponents during the regular season. VanCleave, a 5-6, 125-pound native of Collierville, Tenn., started in 16 matches, and collected 2 goals and 2 assists. He took 30 shots on the year, fifth-most on the team. He had 1 goal and 1 assist against Menlo College in his first collegiate match. The Eagles made the ASC championship playoffs for a league-record seventh consecutive year while posting their seventh straight winning season. The Eagles finished second in the conference in points (153), goals (53) and assists (47). Ozarks was first in shutouts (9) and second in goals against average (0.90). At 10-3-0 in ASC play, it was the most conference wins in the program’s 11-year history. The Eagles went 14-6-1 overall and advanced to the semi-finals of the ASC Championship tournament.