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 selected by the 14 conference head coaches.
Senior forward Ron Hogsett and senior defender Lars Nyberg were named to the All-ASC first team. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Sarber earned a spot on the All-ASC second team. Junior midfielder Ryan Skelly, senior midfielder Cyrus Smith and sophomore defender Darren Clark were named to the All-ASC third team. Freshman defender Dan De Hart was named All-ASC honorable mention. ????? "I think it is a great honor for these guys to get this individual recognition," said head coach Dave De Hart. "But as in any team sport it’s the whole of the group that is most important and this year more than ever it was certainly a year where we had a complete team effort. Individual honors are a part of it and as long as they are, it is always nice for our guys to get recognized by the other coaches in the conference. Anytime you get any sort of recognition it is positive for your program, whether it is a team or individual honor." ????? Hogsett, a 5-8, 155-pound native of McKinney, Texas, led the league in points (38), goals (14) and assists (10). He was tied for eighth in the ASC in shots (59). He was the team leader in points, goals, assists and shots on goal (36). Hogsett ends his career as a four-time All-Conference player and ranks second in school history in career points (130), third in career goals (49) and career assists (32). Hogsett had two hat tricks during the season and had seven points against Central Baptist College. Nyberg, a 6-4, 220-pound native of Georgetown, Texas, started in 19 matches this season and scored two goals and recorded two assists. Nyberg ends his career as a four-time All-Conference performer and finishes sixth in school history in most games started (74). Sarber, a 6-3, 215-pound native of Allen, Texas, led the league in goals against average (.82) and saves percentage (.874). He was second in the league in shutouts (6.0). He collected 97 saves this year. His .82 goals against average set a new single-season school record and placed him 13th in NCAA III. During Ozarks’ shootout against Austin College in the ASC tournament, Sarber stopped all three Kangaroo shots to help the Eagles advance to the championship match. Skelly, a 5-7, 135-pound native of Plano, Texas, finished tied for fourth in the league in shots (65), eighth in points (21) and tied for sixth in goals (9). Skelly had a pair of two-goal performances during the season and ended the year with three game-winning goals. Smith, a 5-8, 180-pound native of Jackson, Mississippi, started in all 22 matches for the Eagles. Smith ends his career as a three-time All-Conference player and finishes tied for fifth in most games played (78) at Ozarks. Clark, a 5-8, 155-pound native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, scored one goal and had two assists this season. Clark, who started in 18 matches, scored Ozarks’ lone goal against Schreiner University. De Hart, a 6-1, 155-pound native of Rocklin, California, started in 20 matches as a true freshman. De Hart was among the top freshman in the league and proved to be a defensive stopper for Ozarks. ????? The Eagles made the ASC championship playoffs for a league-record sixth consecutive year and made the championship match for the fourth time while posting their sixth straight winning season. The Eagles led the conference in points (132), goals (46) and assists (40). They led the league in shutouts and tied a conference record with 11 shutouts. Ozarks topped the league in goals against average (.82). The 2005 team set school records in fewest goals allowed (19), lowest goals against average and shutouts.