The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) honored the West Virginia University women’s soccer team today with the Bronze version of its College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award.
The award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.
The Mountaineers were one of 72 teams to earn the Bronze Award, which is presented to teams that receive no red cards and a maximum of 10 yellow cards.
Twenty-five teams completed the 2013 season without a red or yellow card and earned the Gold Award. A total of 254 teams were recognized.
WVU (16-4-3, 7-1 Big 12), the Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament champions, finished the season ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings and No. 8 in the final TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 Rankings. The Mountaineers advanced to their 14th straight NCAA Tournament this year and fell 1-0 at No. 1-seed Virginia Tech in the second round on Nov. 22.