Mikel Parker ’99 was one of the greatest soccer players in Washington and Lee’s long history in the sport.
Parker earned four letters with the Generals, serving as a team captain for each of his final three seasons with the team. His mix of skill and athleticism was evident from the very beginning of his career as he played in every game during his rookie year, starting all but one contest as a defender. He helped the defense post a 1.97 goals-against average (GAA) en route to garnering First Team All-ODAC honors and receiving W&L’s Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete Award.
As a sophomore, Parker started all 18 games in helping the Generals to a 12-6 record and a runner-up finish in the ODAC Tournament. He notched one goal and two assists and captained a defense that logged a 1.77 GAA with three shutouts en route to receiving First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State, First Team All-South Region and Third Team All-America laurels. He was just the second player in school history to receive All-America recognition.
Parker started all 17 games during his junior campaign in guiding W&L to an 11-6 mark. He scored one goal and helped the defense lower its GAA to 1.34 with five shutouts. Following the season, he again received First Team All-Conference, All-State and All-Region accolades.
Parker’s senior season resulted in a 10-4-3 record and one of the program’s top defensive seasons of all time. He started all 17 games, totaling two goals and one assist for a defense that posted eight shutouts and a 0.86 GAA. Parker was named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and First Team All-South Region, in addition to garnering the ODAC and Virginia College Division Player of the Year awards.
The only player in school history to earn First Team All-ODAC honors all four seasons, Parker played in every game over his four seasons. He finished with four goals and six assists and was named the W&L Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1999.