UTEP Soccer’s Emily Parrott | Ruben Ramirez
DALLAS – UTEP soccer goalkeeper Emily Parrott has earned the Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, the league office announced.
“It is no surprise that Emily is being recognized with the Spirit of Service Award as she is an outstanding servant leader,” UTEP head soccer coach Kathryn Balogun said.
“She finds a great balance of leading herself and others well, both on and off the field. Emily has developed into a very successful member of our team leading from the goalkeeper role, while also holding herself to high standards in the classroom. Not to mention in her spare time finding ways to give back to both the El Paso community and her hometown community, Denton, Texas. We are proud to have such a well-rounded, service centered, leader on our team and are so proud of all Emily has accomplished.”
Parrott boasts a 3.90 cumulative GPA while majoring in international business. She is also a two-time recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal and has landed on the C-USA Academic Honor Roll twice.
She wrote letters to children in the hospital throughout El Paso in the fall of 2020. In December of 2020 she wrote encouraging letters and notes (Cards of Hope) to families using the North Texas Food Bank.
She also logged numerous hours cleaning and landscaping at the Denton United Methodist Church.
On the pitch she started 10 of the 11 matches on the season, making at least four saves in eight contests. She led C-USA in both saves per game (5.70) and total stops (57) and was 32nd nationally for saves per game and 45th in the country for total saves.
She registered at least five saves in six straight games. She was credited with a then career-high nine stops in a shutout vs. Utah Valley (2/13/21) and bested that by piling up 13 saves at Southern Miss (3/6/21). She finished the year with a save percentage of .750 and a GAA of 1.81. She came up with eight saves, including one on a breakaway, in a tie vs. North Texas (4/2/21) and was named C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week for her efforts in the game.
The award honors one student-athlete from each of the league’s 14 members with significant community service endeavors, good academic standing and participation in their sport.
The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season.