Kansas City, MO - United Soccer Coaches announced the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award recipients for high school and college soccer programs competing in the fall season. Today’s awards recognize a total of 163 teams across the country for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game.
The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given to United Soccer Coaches members at four levels. Teams honored at the platinum level went an entire season without a player or coach receiving a yellow card or red card. Teams honored at the gold (1-10%), silver (11-30%) and bronze (31-50%) levels are based on a percentage calculated by the total number of cards received by players/coaches divided by the team’s total number of games played.
Hollins was one of 16 college soccer programs across all divisions (I, II, and III) to earn Gold status. Only three Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) programs, men or women, were honored by the United Soccer Coaches, and the only school to earn the Gold level award. Eastern Mennonite women received Silver status with the Bridgewater women receiving the Bronze level award.
Only 10 programs received Platinum status and Hollins just missed out on being the 11th team when they recieved their only Yellow Card of the season in the 57th minute of their final match of the season, a 2-1 victory over Sweet Briar. The 10 college teams in the platinum category will be formally acknowledged at the College Coaches Awards Reception on January 18 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Independence Ballroom in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.