NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Coast Guard Academy women's soccer team has was one of eight intercollegiate teams awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Gold Team Ethics Award.
The Bears and head coach Susan Grant earned the award by completing the entire 2012 season without receiving either a yellow or red card earning the honor for the second straight season.
"I am extremely proud of our team to receive the Ethics Gold Award again this season. To be one of just eight Division III institutions in the country to achieve this award goes to show how difficult it is to accomplish," said Grant. "Our team consistently steps on to the field with poise, good sportsmanship, and respect. These are the qualities that also make them exceptional cadets at the Academy as well."
In all, 74 teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics Award, which 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.
A total of 48 teams claimed the Silver Award, which is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards, while the Bronze Award went to 18 teams, which is presented to teams that receive no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows.
Coast Guard has also won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Soccer Sportsmanship Awards for the past four seasons. The award is voted on by the student-athletes in the conference.