KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Wells College men's soccer team was one of only two NCAA Division III men's programs to earn Gold or Silver placement on the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award list, the organization announced Thursday.
The honor 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 Express earned a Silver Award after collecting only collecting five bookings across their 16 game schedule.
Wells becomes the first North Eastern Athletic Conference men's soccer program to collect five or fewer infractions on the season since the men's soccer team at Baptist Bible College recorded only three yellow cards in 19 games during the 2006 season.
"The coaching staff is thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a competitive and respectful group of young men," said fifth-year Head Coach Dan Kane. "This award means a lot to our outgoing class of seniors who have worked so hard to establish a culture where every player strives to be the perfect Wells men's soccer player."
In total, only five men's soccer programs earned the Silver Award. A total of 13 teams earned Silver and Bronze Award recognition – no men's soccer teams qualified for the Gold Award.
A complete list of award winners can be found by clicking here.