Clarksville, Ark.-Three University of the Ozarks men's soccer players were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-South Central Region Team.
<#IMAGE:1#>Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Sarber earned a spot on the first team, while senior forward Jared Gordon and senior midfielder Ryan Skelly made the third team. Sarber, a 6-5, 230-pound native of Allen, Texas, joins Marcos Gonzalez as the only other Ozarks player to ever earn first team status. This marks the second major honor for Sarber this season as he earned a spot on the All-ASC first team last month. Sarber 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 ranks second on Ozarks’ all-time goalie shutout list. Gordon, a 6-0, 165-pound native of Plano, Texas, proved to be one of the more productive players in the ASC, finishing 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 voted to the All-ASC second team last month. A two-time All-Conference player, he led the team 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). Skelly, a 5-7, 145-pound native of Plano, Texas, caps his senior year with honors from the NSCAA, D3kicks.com (Second team) and the ASC (First team). Skelly finished tenth in the league in points (22) and fourth in assists (8). He 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. He had two game-winning goals, including a penalty kick against LeTourneau University to propel Ozarks to a 1-0 victory. He finishes his career at Ozarks ranked fifth in career goals (27), assists (19), and shots (188) and sixth in points (73) . Under head coach Dave De Hart, the Eagles posted their seventh consecutive winning season and made the ASC playoffs for the seventh straight time in 2006. De Hart has had nine players earn NSCAA All-Region honors in his eight-year tenure at Ozarks. The NSCAA annually recognizes All-Region and All-America players throughout the country.