Clarksville, Ark.-Senior goalkeeper Brian Sarber and sophomore defender Clay Johnson were named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Soccer All-District VI Team, it was announced by the College of Sports Information Directors of America district coordinator.
It is the second straight season Sarber has been awarded the honor at the district level. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Allen, Texas, ended the regular season as the American Southwest Conference leader in saves percentage (.860) while finishing second in goals against average (0.76) and shutouts (7). He has 24 career shutouts, second-most in program history.
An accounting major, Sarber was named to the NSCAA All-Region Team his sophomore and junior seasons. He is a four-time All-Conference honoree and three-time ASC All-Academic team honoree.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound native of Arlington, Texas, has been a defensive stalwart all season. Johnson has helped an Eagles’ defense that has given up just 15 goals, least in the league. He has started in all 19 matches.
A Mathematics major, Johnson is a member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
Ozarks (13-3-3, 8-3-2) made the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season under head coach Dave De Hart.
Sarber and Johnson will have their nominations forwarded to the national ballot, from which student-athletes will be selected as Academic All-Americans. The Academic All-District VI Men’s Soccer Team for the college division recognizes outstanding NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA student-athletes from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career. Freshman are not eligible.