WINONA LAKE – It’s been known that Parker Stewart was a top flight soccer player. It’s also been known his intentions to compete at the next level. Those were affirmed this week as Stewart signed his official letter of intent to continue his soccer and academic careers at Indiana Wesleyan University.
As a senior, Stewart was relevant in the national conversation as one of the top scorers in the country. He finished with 41 goals and eight assists, registering 90 total points. His goal total placed him tied for 40th nationally and tied for 63rd in points. In Indiana, Stewart was third in goals and fourth in points, and at one point was second in goals among all classes, tops in Class 1-A.
He notched his 100th career high school goal in the sectional and finished with 101 goals overall.
Stewart was named this year to the ISCA First Team All-District 2 Team. He was named to the NLSC First Team for the past three years and NISC Second Team his freshman year along with being named NLSC All Conference Player.
Stewart also played for the Indiana State Team and the Midwest Regional Team for the Olympic Development Program.
When asked about Stewart, LCA head coach Dan Miller added, “Parker Stewart is a great leader and worker. Not only was he our leading scorer, but he was also one of our hardest working and competitive guys on the team. He has the physical tools and tactical knowledge to succeed at the collegiate level. I’m excited to see how he contributes to the success of Indiana Wesleyan next year. He will be missed next year, but he has set a legacy of hard work, success, and a Christlike attitude for future players to try and emulate in our Lakeland Christian Academy program.”
On choosing Indiana Wesleyan, Parker stated, “Aside from me loving the school itself, the team and their mission as a family is what really stood out to me. It’s not just an ordinary group of guys. It’s something more than that, and God is the main focus through all of it”.
The son of Scott and Jennifer Stewart, Parker is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 3.9 GPA. At Indiana Wesleyan, he plans to major in Finance and Business.