Mason native and professional soccer player Steve Clark is part of the latest Oakland University Hall of Honor class.
The school revealed Clark, who has played three seasons for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, as one of three individuals headed into the hall of honor on Monday afternoon. Clark will formally be inducted during a ceremony at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Clark, a 2004 Mason graduate, played for the Grizzlies from 2005-08 and was named the Summit League defensive player of the year as a senior. The goalkeeper set conference and single-season school records with a 0.54 goals against average and tied a league record with 11 shutouts during his decorated senior year.
Clark also twice was named first team all-Summit League and was part of the Oakland’s first-ever Division I postseason victory in 2007.
Since his graduation, Clark has appeared in more than 70 matches for the Columbus Crew. He helped the team win the Eastern Conference title and reach the MLS Cup last year.
“Steve is extremely deserving of his induction into the Oakland Hall of Honor,” Oakland men’s soccer coach Eric Pogue said in a released statement. “He had a standout career at Oakland, helping us to three Summit League regular-season titles as well as back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.
“Since graduating, Steve has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the United States with his play for Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer through his hard work, perseverance and dedication. The future is very bright for Steve and he will continue to be a great ambassador for Oakland University, Oakland athletics and Oakland soccer.”
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