Clarksville, Ark.-A trio of University of the Ozarks men's soccer players were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-South Central Region Team, it was announced Thursday.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Sarber headlines the group as a First Team selection. Senior defender Dan De Hart was named to the Second Team and junior midfielder Shaun Renfro earned a spot on the Third Team.
The honor for Sarber comes a day after he was named the American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Scholar Athlete. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Allen, Texas, is a three-time NSCAA All-Region recipient. In 2008, he finished second in the ASC in goals against average (0.77) and saves percentage (.866), and third in shutouts (8). The four-time All-ASC performer finished his career as the conference leader in career goals against average (0.80). This season he was an All-ASC First Team pick and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team.
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 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). The four-year starter was a two-time All-ASC First Team pick.
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’s 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 ends the season ranked eighth at Ozarks in career points (48) and career game-winning goals (5) and fourth in career assists (20). He was named to the All-ASC First Team this year.
The Eagles (14-3-4) made the playoffs for the ninth straight season and had their ninth straight winning season under head coach Dave De Hart. Under De Hart, the men’s soccer program has had fourteen players earn NSCAA All-Region honors during his ten-year tenure at Ozarks.
The NSCAA annually recognizes All-Region and All-America players throughout the country.