Women's soccer earns NSCAA ethics award


POTSDAM, N.Y.--The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Gold Team Ethics Award for the 2013 season. The honor was bestowed upon the Bears for playing the entire season without accumulating a single yellow or red card. Potsdam was one of two SUNYAC teams to earn the Gold Award.

In all, 254 teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship 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.

Gold: No cards accumulated during the season

Silver: No red cards and no more than five yellow cards accumulated during the season

Bronze: No more than 10 cards accumulated during the season

The Bears completed the 2013 season with a 5-11 record, (2-7) SUNYAC. Potsdam allowed just 1.59 goals-per-game this season and recorded five shutouts, the most since 2010.