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.