The Bridgewater College women's soccer team received the 2011 Ethics/Sportsmanship Gold Award from the NSCAA - one of the coaching association's highest honors.
The honor is one of the most difficult to achieve as only 13 women's teams in country, regardless of division, received the Gold Award. Twelve of the teams recognized play in Division III. No men's teams received the Gold Award this season.
To be considered for the Gold Award, teams must have no yellow or red cards during the entire season. A total of 82 teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics Award, which 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. Teams with no red cards and a maximum of five yellows were considered for the Silver Award while teams with no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows were recognized with the Bronze Award.
Although the Eagles played an aggressive brand of soccer, ranking fifth out of 12 teams in the ODAC in fouls with 6.53 per game, the team played the entire season without being carded.
Following is the complete list of Gold Award winners for 2011.
Anderson University (IN)
Anna Maria College (MA)
Boston University (MA)
Bridgewater College (VA)
Bryn Mawr College (PA)
Delaware Valley College (PA)
Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Mass. College of Liberal Arts (MA)
Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Muskingum University (OH)
Southern Vermont University (VT)
The University of Scranton (PA)
United States Coast Guard Academy (CT)