Lady Lions Soccer Team Recognized Nationally for Sportsmanship
For the second straight year The King's College Lady Lions Soccer Team has been awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. The NSCAA is the largest soccer coaching organization in the world. To be eligible for this prestigious award, a team must not have any red cards (ejections) during the season. The Gold award is for teams that do not accrue any yellow cards (cautions) as well. Silver is for those that have 1-5 yellow cards and Bronze is for teams that get 6-10 yellow cards. The Lady Lions won the Silver in 2012 having received only one caution from a referee. But this year they earned the Gold award with no reds and no yellows. There are about 1200 women's college soccer teams in the USA and only 26 (2%) received the Gold award. Coach Bryan Finley said, "it was really nice winning the NSCAA Silver Sportsmanship Award last year as only a first year program. The NSCAA is a huge organization which does some really great things for soccer here in the US, and at the very least, every coach in America knows who and what the NSCAA is. To win the Gold award this year is very gratifying. We make it a point from preseason through the very last game to keep our composure and play the game. We tell the players to control what they can control, which is their own play on the field, and not too worry about a bad call or a trash talking opponent. I think each member of the team feeds off of that, and you can become a very tough team to play against. The team's focus remains on the game itself and helps you play hard whether you are winning or losing at any point in the game. I can preach about it all I want, but the credit goes to the players, they are the ones on the field, playing hard and keeping their emotions in check. I also have to commend our Assistant Coaches, Julia Caseres and Jim Kennedy. They are a big part of the pre-game and halftime talking points, and they always remind the team to focus on what they have control over."