SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Evangel women's soccer team has earned a United Soccer Coaches Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, the organization announced earlier this month.
The award is given to United Soccer Coaches member organizations at four levels. Teams honored at the platinum level went an entire season without a player or a coach receiving a yellow card or red card. Teams honored at the gold (1-10%), silver (11-30%), and bronze (31-50%) levels are based on a percentage calculated by the total number of cards received by players and coaches divided by the team's total number of games played.
The Crusaders received eight yellow cards in 19 games played (42%) during the 2019 season, earning the bronze-level honor. They are one of 95 collegiate teams honored by United Soccer Coaches and one of three women's teams representing the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
"This is another way we focus on quality & standard of performance as a group with our program," Head Coach Bruce Deaton Stated.
The Crusaders finished the season with an 11-6-2 overall record and 7-2-2 in conference play, qualifying for its first program conference tournament appearance, where they hosted and won their first-ever conference tournament game.