Eagle Soccer Honored with Another NSCAA Award

Eastern recognized for clean play on the field during 2012 season

The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team was one of just seven Division I programs across the nation this year to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Ethics/Sportsmanship Award.

Eastern was a silver award winner in 2012. The Team Ethics/Sportsmanship Award, regarded as one of the most difficult awards to achieve in soccer, recognizes teams that exercise fair play and a high level of sportsmanship on the field. It based on the number of red and/or yellow cards received by a team during the season.

Teams that do not receive a single yellow or red card during the year are presented with a Gold Award. Teams with zero red cards and 1-5 yellows are given the silver, and teams with zero red and 6-10 yellow cards are bronze award winners.

Eastern joined Drake, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama, William and Mary and Winthrop as the only Division I teams, for both men and women, honored in 2012.

Earlier this year, the Eagles also received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for posting a team grade point average of at least 3.0. The Eagles have earned that award for 11-consecutive seasons.

Eastern finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-8-4 overall record, for a winning percentage of .444 - its best since 2009. The Eagles went 3-3-3 in Big Sky Conference play, earning 12 total points, which tripled its point total from the previous two seasons.

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