KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) announced on Thursday the recipients of its 2017 Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award with the Southern Vermont College women’s squad picking up the honor at the silver level.
To be eligible for the silver-level accolade, a teams’ players and coaches must be issued a percentage of cards per game between 11-30 for the entire season. In 2017, the Mountaineers received only two yellow cards and not a single red through their 18 contests (11 percent).
“As a team, our word of the year was ‘respect,’” said seventh-year SVC head coach Michael Zauzig. “We wanted everyone involved with the program—coaches and players—to remember this each and every day: respect yourself; respect your team; respect the opponent; respect the officials; ultimately, respect everyone in your life. I thought the team did an excellent job of executing this principal throughout the season.”
The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given out at four levels—the highest being platinum which is given to squads which do not receive any cards during the year. Gold is for teams with percentages between 1-10 while bronze recognizes crews with percentages between 31-50.
This year marks the fourth-straight season that Southern Vermont’s women’s side has earned the silver award, and it is the fifth of the team’s last six campaigns.
“I'm extremely proud that we are receiving this award again,” Zauzig noted. “These young women continue to represent our program and Southern Vermont College with class each day. I want them to take pride in this achievement and carry it through each aspect of their life.”
SVC was joined by the Becker College women’s squad (bronze) as the only teams from the New England Collegiate Conference to reel in the honor.
United Soccer Coaches was founded in 1941 and is the largest community for soccer coaches in the world. It unites coaches of all levels around the love of the game and elevates the game through advocacy, education, and service. To see all 162 of the men’s and women’s collegiate programs honored, visit: https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/web/Awards/Recipients/2017_College_Team_Ethics_and_Sportsmanship_Award_Winners.aspx?_zs=tEh9G1&_zl=WvVD4.
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