Land O'Lakes goalkeeper Kody Parker has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Tampa on a soccer scholarship Gators head coach Mark Pearson announced today.
During the 2009-10 season in which the Gators advanced to the Class 4A region semifinals, Parker allowed only 16 goals in 24 games (0.67 goals allowed average). He recorded 129 saves and posted 15 shutouts and was a Times' second team all-North Suncoast selection for his effort.
Parker has continued that torrid pace into the 2010-11 season. The senior co-captain has 12 shutouts through 15 games and has given up just four goals. His goals allowed average is a North Suncoast-best 0.28, and he has 58 saves so far this season. Parker is on pace to break the Land O'Lakes school record for most shutouts in a season (17), which was set by Alex Spock during the 2008-09 season.
Land O'Lakes is currently 15-1, its only loss coming against defending Class 2A state champion Tampa Prep in the prestigious High School Soccer Invitational.
The University of Tampa is a NCAA Division II member competing in the Sunshine State Conference. The Spartans completed the 2010 season with a 14-7-1 record after winning the conference tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA South Regional.